Brian was born in Belfast, Ireland and immigrated to America in 1952, shortly before his thirteenth birthday.
The family, mother Molly, father Jack and two younger brothers John and Patrick, first settled in Suffolk, Virginia, but for a brief time. The family moved north to Connecticut and by the grace of God, settled in our beloved Windsor Locks.
Brian played baseball and basketball for Hall of Fame Coach Al Shapiro. He was a varsity basketball player for the Raiders for all 4 years from 1956–1960.
Brian graduated from St. Anselm College in 1964 and completed his graduate studies at the University of Hartford, and the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) Teacher Leadership Program in 1994.
Brian’s teaching career in Windsor Locks totaled 37 years. In 1974, he was selected as the Jaycees Outstanding Educator of the Year.
During his teaching career, he coached basketball at the Junior High, Freshman and Varsity levels.
In 1982, Brian was appointed the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach and remained in that capacity until his resignation in 1998.
The program reached new heights during his tenure, culminating with an NCCC Championship in 1986.
The success of the program was due to the remarkable young women athletes he was fortunate to coach including Windsor Locks Hall of Fame inductees Wendy Davies Stauffer, Sue Tremblay, Cathy Flanders, Gina Cangemi Garfield, Eileen Farr Annis and Tara Malcolm Phelps. These outstanding athletes were supported by teammates just as remarkable in their own right.
During his lifetime in Windsor Locks, Brian taught swimming lessons at Pesci Park, coached Little League baseball, and served as the Town’s Recreation Director and Park Commission Chairman.
Brian received the VFW Sportsman Award in 1982, was President of the Hartford Board of Approved Umpires in 1995, 1996, 2002 and 2003, and President of the Central Connecticut Soccer Officials Association in 2000 and 2001.
At present, Brian continues to referee high school soccer, umpire high school and American Legion baseball.
During this time, Brian officiated numerous State Finals in baseball, soccer and American Legion, including the Northeast Region American Legion Tournament several times.
Brian considers himself very fortunate to have settled in our great little town where he still resides with his wife Pam.
Brian is the proud father of three children, Christine, Maureen and Matthew (who was the pitching coach for the 2004 WL High School Champion Baseball team), and four grandchildren.