Bulkeley High School Names Basketball Court after Legendary Louis J. Bazzano
Bulkeley High School had the honor of naming their basketball court after the legendary Louis J. Bazzano on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bulkeley High School Historical Center at 300 Wethersfield Avenue. The tribute was followed by a reception.
Then, at 2:30 p.m., guests made their way to field house (reserved seating) for the 3:00 p.m. formal dedication of the basketball court and unveiling of the banner.
The Bulkeley High School Varsity Basketball game vs. Bacon Academy followed.
We thank all who attended this special event for a man who impacted the lives of so many student-athletes and coaches.
Lou Bazzano was born in New Britain on June 15, 1927, the son of the late Luciano and Maria (DiMauro) Bazzano. He was a 1945 graduate of New Britain High School where he played basketball and baseball. He served in the Army during World War II in the Army of Occupation, European Theater in Germany and France. After his discharge, Lou attended Springfield College where he graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education in 1951 and later earned a Master of Education degree. He began his teaching and coaching career in Plymouth, New Hampshire in 1951 where, in his first year, he coached the football team to a state championship, the basketball team to an undefeated season and the baseball team to a league championship. In 1953, he was appointed head coach of basketball and assistant coach of baseball at Bulkeley High School in Hartford. During the next 13 years with the “Bulldogs”, Lou earned the respect of coaches, players, sports writers and fans throughout New England as his disciplined, well drilled and always hard fighting teams compiled outstanding records highlighted by inspired tournament play. This included two trips to the legendary “New England Tournament” played at the Boston Garden in 1958 and 1962. Lou’s overall coaching record at Bulkeley was 202-86 as his combined Bulkeley / Plymouth teams finished with winning seasons in 14 out of 15 years. In 1966, Lou became the Assistant Supervisor of Physical Education, Health and Athletics for the Hartford School System and was promoted to Coordinator of Physical Education and Athletics in 1979. Lou officially retired in 1991completing a 40-year career including 38 years in Hartford. Lou received the UNICO National Special Athletic Award in 1967, the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance “Gold Key” award in 1997 and is a member of the New Britain Sports Hall of Fame, Connecticut High School Coaches Hall of Fame and New England Sports Hall of Fame. While Lou was very proud of these accomplishments, he valued most the relationships he developed throughout his career and in his family and community life. A 60-year resident of Newington, Lou’s warmth and positive personality became an integral part of the Town’s fabric including regular visits to the “coaches’ table” at Steve’s Place. His roots in New Britain remained strong dating back to his days with the “Pioneers Club” and he cherished his weekly lunches at Angelico’s with his longtime friends. His love for and impact on the City of Hartford extended to the Bulkeley, Hartford Public and Weaver communities as well.*
For more information, please contact.
Diane B. Callis, CMAA, Athletic Director, Bulkeley High School