NEW BRITAIN - Ed Batogowski always had a way of getting the best out of those around him.
A teacher, coach and official, Bato, as he was affectionately known, died last Friday.
Batogowski was a graduate of New Britain High and CCSU (1959), where he was a varsity letter winner in basketball (four years) and golf (two years). During his time as the Blue Devils’ point guard from 1955-59, CCSU went 49-19.
He later taught at Torrington and New Britain High Schools and was a guidance counselor at Simsbury High School. Batogowksi then went on to coach men’s golf at the University of Hartford and CCSU, where he led the Blue Devils l to three Northeast Conference titles - 2002, 2003 and 2005and three NCAA regional bids.
Batogowski was inducted into the CCSU Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997 for basketball and golf and to the New Britain Sports Hall of Fame for basketball. He was also a college basketball referee in the Big East and ultimately in the NBA.
Batogowski is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann, and his four children; Kris Ann Andonian, Laura Martins, David and Michael Batogowski, as well as nine grandchildren: Nicholas, Haley, Grace, Annika, Riley, Hannah, Ella, Emily and Gus.