Gowan Memorial Court to be dedicated Monday in Kent
Published 11:21 pm, Monday, August 31, 2009
The dedication of the Don Gowan Memorial Court at Kent Center School will be held Monday at 2 p.m.
The new court was conceived by Dave Grusauski of Kent and constructed with donated money, materials and time. A state of the art facility, it includes glass backboards with breakaway rims, an electric scoreboard, bleachers and custom on court graphics.
The court is open to Center School students and Kent residents. Summer leagues and camps are being planned for 2010.
"Of special note," said longtime resident and youth basketball coach Bruce Adams, "a $30,000 donation from KCS grad and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane allowed construction to be completed sooner than anticipated."
The facility is named for Bridgewater native Don Gowan, who died in 2008. He had served as a teacher, coach and administrator for many years at Kent School and also was a contributor to community recreational activities.
For information, call Bruce Adams at 960-927-4981 or Dave Grusauski at 860-927-4080.
Donated time, labor, materials for Gowan Court
� Bill Gawel (Gawel Excavation)
� Jason Dubray (Dubray's Construction & Maintenance
� Bill McCann (Haymore Services)
� John Gleason (Gleason Electric)
� Scott Palmer, Ed Pequignot , Mark Lenz
� Aaron Pequignot (Pequignot Enterprises)
� John Cox (Cox Trucking)
� Carol Spelbos & Linda Hall (KCS PTO) for managing the money
� Bulls Bridge GC for hosting the golf tournament
� Burr Purnell (KCS grad)- Oberon Creative- Court graphics & sign art
� John Casey(Housatonic Enterprises)- Donated the 2 signs
� Depreter Designs- Did 2 signs for price of one
� Region 1 Athletic Fund-$2,000 grant toward scoreboard
Bio of Don Gowan-provided by his wife George-Ann Gowan
KCS connection added by Bruce Adams
Don Gowan spent the first fourteen years of his life in Bridgewater CT. After classes at Burnham Elementary he either worked in his parents' Village Store or played sports for the town. When he arrived at Kent School as an eighth grader he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball earning 12 Varsity letters. He was the captain of the basketball team his junior and senior years and his 1966 team won the League Championship with a record of 12-0. He went on to play on the freshman basketball team in 1967 at the University of North Carolina where he was a Morehead Scholar. In 1970, he returned to Kent School as an American history teacher, and the assistant Dean of Boys. He later became Dean of Boys, and then Dean of Students when the boys' and girls' campuses were consolidated. Following his retirement from the dean's office he became the Head of the History Department and held the Salm Teaching Chair. He coached varsity football and basketball and started the Lacrosse program in the spring of 1971. He stepped down as the head Lacrosse coach after 29 years, having coached six All-Americans winning four Division I and II championships, and being chosen as New England coach of the year . He remained on the coaching staff of the football and basketball programs for his entire 38 years at Kent. As the Varsity basketball coach from 1978 to 2008 he earned a record of 307-298, and won 6 league championships.
While accomplishing all of the above Don also raised 3 children, all of whom graduated from Kent Center School. Don also coached in the Adams Basketball League at Kent Center and played in a men's league there.