Greenwich athletic director Gus Lindine announces retirement

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If you looked at the sideline of any Greenwich High sporting event the last 16 years, Gus Lindine always seemed to be there.

From football to ice hockey and at more unique sports like water polo and fencing, if Greenwich was competing, Lindine was a fixture at Cardinal events.

Never in the spotlight, preferring to let his athletes and coaches shine, but somewhere at every event he was there making sure everything ran smoothly.

Lindine announced on Thursday he would be retiring from his job as Greenwich athletic director, a post he has held since 2005.

“I genuinely consider myself very fortunate for being associated with so many impressive student-athletes and coaches throughout my years at Greenwich High School,” Lindine said in a release. “It has been an honor and a privilege to have been a member of our athletic program and all of our proud traditions. I have enjoyed sharing many memorable moments and thank our parents and community for their enthusiastic commitment to our young people.”

Lindine will stay on until Jan. 1 and will continue to assist the athletic department with the transition to a new athletic director.

“Gus has shown an unwavering commitment to our student-athletes throughout the years,” Greenwich Superintendent of Schools Dr. Toni Jones said. “Our staff has not seen anyone more dedicated; our students have not been led by a better leader; our community will not have a better friend.”

Under Lindine’s leadership, Greenwich was twice named the State of Connecticut’s top athletic program and three times (2012, 2014, and 2018) the school was named the top athletic program in the FCIAC..

He helped build the sports programs at Greenwich, which now include more than half of the student body and has helped the program grow to 42 different sports, consisting of 99 teams.

That includes sports like bowling, girls ice hockey, girls and boys rugby, girls and boys water polo and girls and boys fencing, along with every other sport played in the CIAC.

Greenwich competed in 127 CIAC state championships, finishing first or second in Lindine’s time at the school. That does not count championship appearances and titles in non-CIAC sports.

This fall, Greenwich won CIAC state titles in girls swimming, (Class LL and State Open) and in girls volleyball.

“Gus has silently watched our student-athletes compete from the sidelines for more than a decade and has been a great asset to our entire community. He will be sorely missed,” Greenwich Principal Ralph Mayo said. “Due to his hard work and dedication to our school and all student-athletes, Greenwich High School was twice ranked the number one athletic program in the State of Connecticut. We wish him much happiness in his retirement.”

Before coming to Greenwich, Lindine was the athletic director at Fairfield High School for 11 years.

In June of 2015, Lindine was inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame.

He has been a long-time member of the FCIAC Executive Board and Board of Directors.

Greenwich will begin a search for Lindine’s replacement immediately.

Sericson@stamfordadvocate.com; @EricsonSports