In each of his four years at South Portland High School, Bill Curran was a four sport whiz. His honors included three state and as many Western basketball titles, four conference hoop crowns, a couple of league football lids and as many state claims. He captained his football, baseball and basketball teams his senior year and earned a record 14 varsity letters, including two in track. He was chosen All-Conference eight times in three sports.
While at Fordham, he flashed as a broken field runner when the Maroon were a national football power in the 1930s.
He then began a coaching career at Cheverus which began a career that was to last 35 years. No other Maine multi-sport coach has matched that span. Moving to South Portland for seven years, he coached the then "Capers" to an unbeaten, once-tied football season. As baseball coach he guided the nine to titles in 1943-44. Then Bill was back at Cheverus for a 25 year run - three sports for 11 years then exclusively basketball while serving as athletic director the last twelve years to retirement. Nineteen of his 28 quintets made the tournaments, variously finishing as Class A champs, New England semifinalists, and Western Maine champions.
Huge testimonial dinners marking his 25th coaching anniversary and his retirement were testimony to the respect and affection he earned - not only from his teams and school but from the entire community.
Curran is survived by his widow, former Catherine Chadwick, of Yonkers, NY, and a son, William G. "Tige", of South Portland.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 712-1748
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.