Tim Bergan 2016


Ellicottville Central Schools

Bergen Tim Bergan was born in Auburn, NY.  He is a 1967 graduate of Mount Carmel High School.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Physical and Elementary Education from St. Bonaventure University (1973).   

Between college and Ellicottville, Tim student taught and coached football and modified basketball for Hinsdale Central School (1972); and coached football at Bishop Walsh, modified basketball for St. Mary’s in Olean (now Southern Tier Catholic), and Olean Senior League Baseball 13-15 (1973-1977).  While at Ellicottville, Tim coached football (1978-2013), boys’ varsity basketball (1978-1998), girls’ basketball (part of 1984, 1998-2004, 2006-2013), bowling (1980-1988), boys’ volleyball (1981-1983), varsity softball (1980-2007), junior varsity softball (2008-2013), and varsity baseball (1979 for Cattaraugus Little Valley).  

Tim’s overall coaching record is 1286-728-4 for a 68% winning varsity record for four major sports.  His football teams acquired a 163-91-1 record including 4 sectional titles (1985, 1991, 2004, and 2012), and 12 Chautauqua Cattaraugus     Athletic Association (CCAA) League titles.  Fourteen times he has been named Coach of the Year, 3 times Small Coach of the Year, and 2 times Channel 7 Coach of the Year.  His boys’ basketball teams acquired a 259-213 record including five CCAA League titles.  Seven times he was named Coach of the Year.  His girls’ basketball teams acquired a 158-96 record including 6 CCAA League titles.  Eight times he was named Coach of the Year.  His softball teams acquired a 249-213   record including 6 CCAA League titles and 1 sectional title.  

Tim’s resume is not short of honors and achievements.  He assisted school districts in the development of  rubrics resulting from the altered New York State Standards, coached 11 years at the Jim Kelly camp, coached 5 years at the Larry Wiese Basketball Camp, 3 years at Jim Crowley Basketball Camp, and since 1994 has been teaching the three coaching courses required for certification.  He also put together a No X’s No O’s Clinic held in Great Valley, NY where coaches, from all sports, spoke on the diverse relationship between a coach and his or her student-athletes.  

Tim is a highly competitive person who wants to win, but does it through the rules and always in the fashion of promoting good sportsmanship.  More than a coach, Tim has been a friend, father, role model, counselor, and confident to many of Ellicottville’s students.  He is well respected by colleagues and student-athletes and has been a tremendous asset to Ellicottville Central Schools and his community.  One of the most important things to Tim is not the business of winning, but to help young adults become productive citizens.  He lives by three coaching rules: do the right thing and be a good  person, treat others the way you want to be treated, and an individual is never more important than the team.  To Tim, the team always comes first.  His hope, through these three rules is to create better citizens.   

Tim and his wife, Lois, have been married for 42 years.  They have 2 daughters, Janeen and Bonnie.