2013 Torrington Hall of Fame Inductees.....Bill Dranginis.
If you have been around the Litchfield County Sports area, you have at some point run into Bill Dranginis.
At a Litchfield swim meet, the Litchfield Hills Road Race or at a random basketball game. You always had a chance to run into a guy with a big smile and a devotion to the sporting community.
A Torrington High School graduate, Dranginis lettered three years in swimming as well as golf.
In his final two years, he qualified for the Connecticut State Championships in the 200 free and medley relay.
Dranginis was key part of the golf team as well during his final year as a Raider.
He went on to go to college at the University of Maryland and made an impact on the swim program right off the bat.
Maryland sported a perfect record that season in the pool and Dranginis was the top Breaststroker on the team.
He took the top spot in the 200 Breaststroke and placed third in the 100 Breaststroke in the Freshman Invitational meet at the University of North Carolina.
Maryland posted an astounding 66-6 record during his time at school and was ranked as high as third in the country.
Dranginis coached the swim team at Litchfield for 25 years, 21 as head coach.
He knew what he was talking about from his years of performing himself at a high level and it translated well at the high school level.
Dranginis teams were always a force to be dealt with, posting a 215-78 record over that time span.
The Cowboys had but one loisng season during his time and had a t least one All-Star each and every season.
35 of his swimmers went on to swim in college, the top performer being Greg Pearsall who was an All-American at Springfield College and qualified for the Olympic Trials last summer.
Dranginis has spent time in public service as a Selectmen in Litchfield, a post he held for eight years.
He was inducted into the Litchfield Hall of Fame in 2007.
He is joining some familiar company who proceeded him into the HOF including his father Peter, who is a member of the first HOF class and his cousins, Frank Russo Sr. and Frank Russo Jr.