3 coaches will be honored at Kendall

Posted 10 May 2013 at 12:00 am

Ben Gerbig, Dick Reynolds, Carol Brakenbury will all be inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

The soccer team was coached by Ben Gerbig, back row, far right.

Press release, Kendall Central School

KENDALL – Three coaches with long careers at Kendall will be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame during a June 5 banquet.

The coaches – Ben Gerbig, Dick Reynolds and Carol Brakenbury – will be in the HOF’s second class. Basketball great Roosevelt Bouie went into the HOF as the inaugural inductee last year.

Gerbig was a physical education teacher whose career spanned four decades. He oversaw a boys soccer program that earned 18 Genesee Region League Championships, appeared in Sectional finals eight times, and won two sectional championships. He is Kendall’s all-time wins leader in boys soccer (297), and was recognized as Section V Class B Coach of the year four times. Coach Gerbig was inducted into the Section V Hall of Fame in 2000.

Dick Reynolds, front row at left, coached the basketball team.

Dick Reynolds coached basketball and baseball four decades-plus. In his 20 seasons as the KCS varsity baseball coach, the team won 10 Genesee Region championships, made five Sectional finals appearances, and racked up 152 wins.

Reynolds was basketball coach during Kendall’s glorious run, highlighted by undefeated seasons with Bouie. Reynolds coached the team from 1963 to 1977 and amassed 186 wins and only 72 losses. During his tenure, Kendall won five Section V championships and held the Section V record for consecutive wins with 57. Reynolds also oversaw the KCS athletic program from 1967 to 1992, serving as the longest tenured athletic director in KCS history.

Brakenbury was a pioneer coach at Kendall. Her career began in 1964, and she worked as a physical education teacher at KCS until her retirement in 1998.

Carol Brakenbury was influential in the development of Kendall’s sports program for girls.

Coach Brakenbury guided her soccer teams to three sectional championships, 13 Sectional finals, and 13 Genesee Region League Championships. She earned Section V Class B Girls Soccer coach of the year in 1982. Her team also won 42 straight games in the Genesee Region League.

As the KCS softball coach, Brakenbury won five Genesee Region League Championships and guided her team to the Section V finals in 1976. Coach Brakenbury is credited with beginning the girls’ athletic program at KCS in 1975, and she is the first coach of the girls soccer, softball and volleyball programs.

Anyone interested in attending the KCS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction/KCS Senior Athlete night, sponsored by the KCS Sports Boosters, should contact the KCS main office at 659-2706 to reserve tickets. The event will be at Hickory Ridge Country Club in Holley.