Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ray Mitchell '68 and Terry Silva '70

Bridgton Academy wants to congratulate Ray Mitchell ’68 and Terry Silva '70 on their induction to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Ray attended Bridgton Academy prior to a stellar career at American International College. After graduation, Ray coached at a few different schools before settling at Holyoke High School. After eight years as an assistant coach, Ray worked his way to the head coaching position and over a span of 16 years had a record of 101-62-1 which included three Conference Championships, two Super Bowl Championships, and an undefeated season in 1995.

Coach Tom Austin kept track of Ray’s success after Bridgton and is happy to see him earn the recognition he deserves. “His success does not surprise me,” commented Coach Austin. “He was so focused on what he needed to do, and he has obviously inculcated that with the boys he has coached over the years,” Coach Austin added.

Terry Silva '70 attended Bridgton Academy and was the team captain of the legendary undefeated football team. After his year at Bridgton Terry attended Hobart and William Smith College and upon graduation embarked on his coaching career. Terry took a job at Gloucester High School and left with a record of 154 wins and 3 Super Bowl Championships.

Coach Austin remembers Terry's leadership and dedication to the sport saying, "He was always very enthused about the game of football. He was a great leader which has clearly carried over to his coaching career."

Congratulations Ray and Terry!

Pictured here is the 1967 Bridgton Academy Football Team including Ray Mitchell and Coach Tom Austin.

Pictured here is the undefeated 1969 football team including Captain Terry Silva and Coach Tom Austin.

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