Bill Little came to Saint Bonaventure in 1967. He taught Biology and coached Football, Basketball and Baseball. Bill was greatly influenced by his high school football coach, Ray Solari. “We were taught by example to play for the prize – the CIF Championship”.
Bill was the offensive and defensive line coach on the 1968 CIF Football team at Saint Bonaventure. He prided himself in coaching his players to nail the “get off” (line of scrimmage). He believed and taught that the team could gain 5 yards from the line of scrimmage on the “get off” alone. He was very proud of his lineman, Tom Franz, who smacked the quarterback so hard that the ball popped out and another lineman, Jerry Stone, scooped up the ball and scored the winning touchdown in the CIF Championship game.
Coach Little was the Varsity Baseball coach for 4 years at Saint Bonaventure. He dreamed of a CIF Baseball Championship from day one. His players have memories of running and batting practice after games were played. There were some Saturday practices and fines for mental errors – all to instill the values of striving for excellence on the field, not making mistakes and the challenge of being a champion. This paid off with Tri Valley League Championships in 1970 and 1971. And with Jerry Stone, 1970 AA CIF player of the year, leading the way Saint Bonaventure swept through the playoffs winning the championship - the only Team in Ventura to win a CIF championship in Baseball.
Coach Bill Little feels very fortunate and honored to be inducted to the Saint Bonaventure High School hall of fame and gives credit to the players who fully “bought into the program”. They did everything we asked of them, and more. “My experience at Saint Bonaventure is the high-light of my coaching career and one of the high-lights of my life”.
Bill is currently teaching Life Science at Grace Classical Academy. He lives in San Clemente with his wife, Cherie.
INDUCTED IN 2010
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