Bill Popowich

William Popowich

Born: November 8, 1930 (Burnaby, British Columbia)
Died: February 11, 2014 (Burnaby, British Columbia)

Member: Burnaby (B.C.) Sports Hall of Fame (2010)

 

For more than five decades, Bill Popowich dedicated himself to coaching, training and promoting amateur sports in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby. He was named to the city’s sports hall of fame in recognition of his efforts.

ImageHe coached soccer, basketball, and track and field, also serving as a referee and official when needed.

As a youth, he was named rookie of the year of the Pacific Coast Soccer League while playing as a centre forward with Vancouver St. Andrews. He scored five goals in a 1951 game to eliminate the Calgary Callies from competition for the Challenge Cup as Dominion soccer champions.

Popowich also coached high school sports. He spent 35 years at New Westminster (B.C.) Secondary, finishing his career as an educator as principal of the school.

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