Boys Cross Country: Amity’s Orgovan wins National Coach of Year award

Amity's Bob Orgovan was named the National Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year. Register file photo

Amity’s Bob Orgovan was named the National Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year. Register file photo

When talking high school cross country in Connecticut, it’s hard not to mention Amity’s Bob Orgovan and the influence he’s had on the sport.

This week, the longtime head coach was named the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national boys’ cross country coach of the year at the NHSACA national convention at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

“His first year as head coach was the fall of 1977, I joined the team in his third year and was the captain of the 1981 team,” Amity boys’ track coach Thom Jacobs said. “His influence on me can’t be measured, he is a big part of why I teach and coach.”

Orgovan was one of eight national finalists for the award.

This past fall, the Amity boys finished second at the Southern Connecticut Conference meet, fourth at Class LL and 10th at the State Open. Since 2004, the Spartans have won nine Housatonic Division titles.

“After having worked with kids for 32 years, I’ve run across a lot of people in education,” Jacobs said. “I have never met anyone who reads kids better than Bob Orgovan. He knows distance running inside and out, but it’s not the reason he’s a championship coach. He knows when to push, when to pull back, when to motivate through encouragement, he knows when to motivate by pressing…and sometimes pressing hard. Talk to any alumni and they will concur, his influence runs deep.”


  1. Peter Madden says

    Well deserved, Bob Ogrovan has influenced runners, who now run for life in many cases. But his influence extends beyond the cross country and track venues. He is and has been a character builder. As a coach his influence for the good is what scholastic sports are for.

  2. Hiram Carrington says

    Congratulations Coach O! So well deserved. I ran cross country and track under his leadership from 1984 – 1986 and time spent with him and my teammates are some of my fondest high school memories. I went from being the second slowest JV cross country runner in my sophomore year, to being a successful varsity runner in my junior and senior years. Coach O was quietly tough but knew how to motivate and push you to do your best. I’ll never forget one race where at mile 2 I was doing (surprisingly) well and Coach O was there and shouted “Show them how to run, Hiram”. It was so great, so motivating and I’ve never forgotten it. Congrats again!

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