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 Bill Fleet (1961-1997 Rome Catholic, Proctor, Whitesboro)

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A love for the game of Ice Hockey and the passion for teaching/coaching kids are the cornerstones of Bill Fleet¡¯s career.   The love of the game of hockey started as a kid in the outdoor hockey box of the City of Rome Recreation Leagues.   From there, he played his high school hockey as a goaltender and was the captain for the 1961 Rome Free Academy team.   Fleet also played on local Senior Teams in Rome and Clinton after high school.

 After his playing career, Bill embarked on a successful 37 year coaching career.   He coached 26 years as a Head Varsity Hockey coach, with 18 of those being at Rome Catholic High where his teams won 3 league titles, 4 Section III  crowns, and back-to-back New York State  Division II Championships (both wins coming in overtime and in dramatic fashion).  Bill continued to coach varsity hockey and other local high schools within the Central New York area.  He went on to coach Proctor High School for 5 years, and he finished out his last 3 years of his high school varsity hockey coaching career at Whitesboro High School.  

 In 1997, Fleet went on to serve as a Varsity Assistant Coach at Hamilton College for 11 seasons under the legendary, Phil Grady.  Bill was also an assistant coach for 2 seasons for the Central Region team in the Empire State Games and served as a member of the Empire State Games Selection Committee.  Fleet served as a clinician for 2 seasons in the Buffalo Sabres Hockey camp and the Hamilton College Hockey School.  

 In addition to hockey, his coaching experience included 15 seasons as the Junior High Baseball Coach at Rome Catholic High and 2 seasons as the Varsity Coach.  Under his direction,  the Redwing varsity attained a league title, a Section III crown, and were the  New York State Class C runners-up.  

 Fleet has a long-time involvement with Section III and NYSPHSAA Hockey.  He served as the Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Section III Hockey Committee; Secretary, New York State Ice Hockey Committee; and Site Chairman, New York State Ice Hockey Championship.  He played a major role in bringing the New York State Hockey Championship to the Utica Memorial Auditorium in 1987 where it enjoys continued success today.

 Bill is a graduate of SUNY Cortland and went on to serve as the City of Rome Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for 32 years and the Commissioner of Public Safety for ten years.  After retirement he returned to work for the City of Rome as the project coordinator for the renovation of the J.F. Kennedy Civic Arena, the city's ice skating arena.  Under his direction the community bonded for $3 million dollars and a fund-raising campaign that raised $750,000.  For his love of the game of hockey and his dedication to the youth and citizens of the City of Rome, the skating surface at the Arena is named in his honor  and is known as ¡°The Bill Fleet Rink at The J.F. Kennedy Civic Arena¡±.

 Other honors include the induction into the Rome Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.  He was given the Central N.Y. Parks & Recreation Guokas Award for Professional Excellence in the Recreation Field in 2007 and  he was awarded Honorary Life Memberships in the Rome Youth Hockey Association and Section III.

 He and his wife Joan, a retired Student Loan Administrator reside in Rome and are the proud and loving parents of 5 daughters and 16 grandchildren.


Bill was inducted into the New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, March 2003, for his dedication to the sport as a truly great coach who has contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.

The New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, located in the Lake Placid Olympic Center's '80 Rink hallway,  recognizes former outstanding Players, Coaches and Teams that have contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.

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