Bill Gillin was inducted into the UMass Hall of Fame on Sept. 10.
Sept. 10, 2010
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AMHERST, Mass. -- It was a night of joy. It was a night of tears. It was a night for coming home. Five new members were inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night at the Campus Center in Amherst. Basketball star Marcus Camby, track/cross country standout Bill Gillin, lacrosse scorer Scott Hiller, champion rower Sarah Jones and football coach Bob Pickett were enshrined into the UMass Hall with numerous standing ovations.
BILL GILLIN (Cross Country/Track & Field 1971-75)
An All-American athlete in cross country and star in track & field, Bill Gillin had one of the best careers in UMass history. As a cross country runner, he was an All-East selection three times as well as being a four-time All-Yankee Conference selection and a member of the All-New England Team. He helped UMass to four consecutive Yankee Conference Championships in cross country. As a senior in 1974, he co-captained the team to the IC4A Championship and a runner-up finish in the New England Championship. His All-America performance led the team to an eighth-place finish nationally in the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. In track & field, Gillin was named All-East five times in the steeplechase and distance medley relays. He earned numerous accolades as an All-Yankee Conference selection and All-New England pick in both indoor and outdoor track in a variety of events including the mile, steeplechase, 5000 meters and a variety of relays. Gillin set the UMass record in the steeplechase (8:44.6), which still stands to this day. That mark produced a second-place finish at the IC4A Championships. He also won the New England Steeplechase championship three years in a row. He competed in the NCAA Championships in the indoor distance medley relay in 1975 and outdoor steeplechase in 1974, placing fifth nationally. He currently resides in Worcester, Mass and has been the long time coach of the boys and girls cross country and track & field teams at Sutton High School.