Regional digest: Longtime Christian Brothers coach Gill dies at 67

Published: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 - 5:50 pm

Joe Gill, a longtime teacher and coach at Christian Brothers High School, died late Wednesday night of congestive heart failure. He was 67.

Gill was a star athlete at Bishop Armstrong in the early 1960s, playing on the state-ranked 1962 baseball team coached by Dick Sperbeck. Gill graduated from University of San Francisco and started teaching and coaching at Sacred Heart Parish School in Sacramento in the 1960s.

Gill taught mostly English at CBS for 39 years, retiring in 2009. He coached CBS to a Sac-Joaquin Section basketball championship over Jesuit in 1978.

Gill's greatest joy, he once told The Bee, was coaching his four sons in baseball at CBS – Ed, Dan, Steve and Tom.

Said CBS principal Mary Hesser: "I remember Joe as a humble man who really 'walked the walk' when it came to his integrity and faith. Sometimes I would walk by the chapel at CB and could see through the crack in the door Joe in there on his lunch hour, all alone, praying and meditating. He was a holy man and much admired. He will be missed."

Funeral services are scheduled for March 2 at 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church.

– Joe Davidson


Samantha Shellem set UC Davis and meet records in the 500-yard freestyle (4 minutes, 45.60 seconds) and led off the 200 free relay to another school mark (1:32.02 for third place) on the second day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming Championships in Monterey Park, UCD reported on its athletics website. At the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, the Aggies' Lucy Lafranchise advanced to the final of the 1-meter diving competition. Between the two sites, UCD leads with 212 points. The meet ends Saturday.

• Sacramento State freshman Kassandra Corrigan placed seventh in the pentathlon at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in Bozeman, Mont., according to Sac State's athletics website. Host Montana State leads the championships after the first day with 11 points and is followed by Portland State (10), Southern Utah (8), Idaho State (7), Sac State (two) and Montana (one).

– Bee Sports staff

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the university from which Joe Gill graduated. He was a University of San Francisco graduate.

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