• Sabina Csak

GHS Community Mourns Loss of Coach Bill Mongovan

Updated: Feb 18

Coach Bill Mongovan, also known as Mongo, passed away on the evening of Monday, December 21. Beloved by many, he had completed his 55th season coaching girls cross country this past fall and 54 seasons of indoor and outdoor track and field last year. He was a legend on the Greenwich High School cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams.

Mongo specialized in hurdles as well as throwing events during indoor and outdoor seasons. He helped students to learn the javelin and shot put.

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22, the girls cross country team was informed of Mongo’s passing.

“It is with extreme sadness and the heaviest of hearts that I want to let you all know that Mongo passed away in his sleep yesterday. He was an integral part of our team for many many years. His presence and expertise will be missed,” wrote Evan Dubin, Mongo’s fellow cross country coach.

The following afternoon, GHS Principal Ralph Mayo sent out a schoolwide email to inform GHS students and staff of Mongo’s passing.

“Bill has had a positive and lasting impact on many of our student athletes,” wrote Mayo. “Mr. Mongovan is a Hall of Fame coach and has been recognized for his work on the national stage as well.”

Although Mongo was a great coach, his constant enthusiasm and dedication to the team is what will be missed most.

Mongo being recognized for his dedication to the track team (Photo credit: Casimir Loxsom)

“Mongo was the glue of the track team,” said Tyra Johnson, a junior track and field athlete. “Seeing him smile all the time is really what inspired me. He had the biggest heart and was so underappreciated.”

Students and staff alike can reflect on his legacy as a reminder to live life to its fullest and to have a lot of heart.