Hall of Fame – Tim Bicknell

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Tim is a 1981 graduate of Springville Griffith Institute.  His love of sports is deep rooted in his family.  His devoted parents Jay and Judy Bicknell were at every sporting event from Pop Warner, little league, and all school events.  His brother Kyle, who despite being 5 years younger, was a willing sparring partner in every sport and helped develop Tim’s athletic skills.   Tim was also fortunate to grow up in the Springville community with so many talented friends and teammates who formed some of the most successful teams in school history.   And of course, he was lucky to be led by some of the best coaches in the area.

He played 5 years of high school basketball beginning in the eighth grade as a starter on the freshmen team that was coached by Brian Laud.   The next year, as a freshman, he was a starter on the JV basketball team which was coached by the late Bob Schlageter.  As a sophomore, Tim started the season on Coach Schlageter’s JV squad, but after 5 games Coach Phil Smolinski brought him up to the varsity team and eventually placed him into the starting lineup where valuable experience was attained for the coming years.  In his junior year, he was part of one of the best basketball teams the school has ever seen.  The team chemistry of the “neighborhood kids” along with the incredible guidance of Coach Smolinski brought with it a 19-2 record culminating with a loss in the Section VI Class B-1 finals to powerhouse McKinley that featured two division 1 college players on the team.  Tim averaged 15 points which was good for 8th in ECIC Division III along with 2nd Team Division all-star recognition.

His senior season of basketball brought a change in coaches but not a change in quality of leadership.  Coach Jim Rindfuss led the team back to the playoffs with a 15-5 record ultimately losing to that same McKinley team in the Class B-1 semi-finals where Springville had the lead with 2 minutes left but couldn’t quite hang on against the talented city squad.  The season ended with Tim leading the division in scoring average at almost 22 points per game along with 1st team division all-star honors.   The 403 total points scored was the third highest in one season in school history at that time.  The 773 points scored in his career broke Bill Devinney’s 20-year-old school record.  It should be noted that all points scored were without the 3-point line which was instituted in high schools in 1987.

Tim also played three years of high school football which began as a sophomore on the JV team led by the outstanding coaching of Jim Duprey and the late Joe Fitzimmons.  They led the team to a 7-1 record with the only blemish a controversial loss to Depew 8-6.   Tim started on this talented team as a safety and receiver catching 22 passes for 513 yards and 7 touchdowns.

As a junior, Tim started as a receiver on the varsity team that was coached by the great Mick Nugent, Duane Havens and the late Bob Schlageter.   This was the first year that Section VI advanced teams to a playoff game in Rich Stadium.  By winning their division in 1979, Springville won the right to participate in the historical event against Albion.  Tim recalls running through the tunnel onto the field as one of his greatest memories.  Unfortunately, Springville lost a hard-fought game 13-12, but the experience was immeasurable.

The 1980 Football team was an outstanding group assembled by Coaches Nugent, Havens and Schlageter that went undefeated and earned a return trip to Rich Stadium.  The experience from the prior year paid off as Springville defeated old nemesis Depew 33-6.  Tim was a starting receiver and safety for the team and had an interception and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the game.   That was the last game of the season as there was not a state tournament then, so the team settled for being ranked #2 in NY State.   He scored 6 touchdowns and 2 extra points for the season which ranked 3rd in the division.  He also was voted as a first team division all-star.

Tim was also part of a silver medal winning Team Handball squad in the 1980 NY State Empire State Games.

After graduation Tim played one year of basketball at Geneseo State University before ultimately graduating from Canisius College with a BS in Accounting and earning a CPA license.  He is currently employed as a controller for Industrial Power and Lighting in Buffalo, NY.

For the past 30 years, Tim’s inspiration has come from his wife, Jane.  Together they reside in West Falls, NY where they enjoy family, friends and the outdoors.

“I am truly honored to be inducted into the Pop Warner Hall of Fame with so many other greats!  First and foremost, I would like to thank my parents, Jay and Judy for their outstanding guidance throughout my entire life.  Also, my very athletically gifted brother Kyle for his support and backyard opposition.  I have been lucky to have my wife Jane with me for the past thirty years and look forward to the next 30+ years with her.  Thanks to all my friends and teammates over the years that took me along for a great ride.  Thanks also to the outstanding leadership from all the great coaches that guided me.  Finally, thank you to the committee members for this great honor, especially the hard work of Mr. Kaufmann and Kathy Krzemien.”