Portville Hall of Fame

Robert Connell, Sr., began teaching European History at Portville Central
School in 1960, and assisted in coaching the basketball and football teams.  He
took over the gridiron varsity in 1963.  Bob was an innovator as a coach, and
became known as “The Bear.”  In 1965, he recruited 70 players who went
undefeated to the Border League which he helped initiate.  He also created the
present-day Sports Boosters Club.  Coach Connell’s use of film, the local
media, and detailed discipline earned him the respect of his students, peers and
community members.
The Portville Historical and Preservation Society
17 Maple Avenue
Portville, NY 14770