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By Jim Manion | Correspondent
Last Friday night before Windham and Garfield squared off in the annual "Cure for a Cause" rivalry on Marty Hill Court, Windham athletic director Jeff States surprised longtime teacher and administrator Bill Pozsgai.
Presenting his father with an autographed basketball from the team and coaches was Bill's son, Cameron, one of the team leaders and a captain of this year's Bombers squad.
States announced that Pozsgai would be coaching his final game at Windham, as he prepares to hang up his Nikes, retiring after the season and possibly departing for a distant island someplace in the Caribbean.
Pozsgai has served the Windham community and school for over 30 years. He has degrees in Health and Physical Education, Psychology and Sociology. Pozsgai has served as Windham's athletic director, head baseball coach, assistant football coach and is currently serving as the Bombers' JV basketball head coach, then works alongside close friend Marty Hill as a varsity assistant.
"We present this basketball to Bill as a gift to signify all that he has done for our student-athletes, staff members and friends of the Windham community both on and off the court," said States. "I speak for everyone at Windham when I say thank you for all those you have helped along the way. Coach Poz will be sadly missed, but always remembered by the Bomber family."
Pozsgai admitted this week that he has a hard time adapting to winters each year as he gets older and the Caribbean has several islands that look very attractive for retirement. That decision will probably be made after his son Cameron makes his decision on college choices.
"I am very lucky to be where I'm at and be around the people here at Windham," said Pozsgai. "It has been a privilege and honor to spend my career at Windham and to work with all the people I have, all my players and especially Marty. He has had a big influence on a lot of lives, including mine and Cameron's, and everyone else he is around."