Posted Date: 11/20/2023
Coach John Burgi joined the Hollister Athletic Hall of Fame on November 17 at the home basketball game against Miller.
Burgi, who retired in 2021, gave forty-one years of service and dedication to education and athletics both at the high school and college levels. He spent his last nine years with the Hollister R-V School District, serving as a teacher, baseball coach, and athletic director. While retired, Burgi can still be often seen sporting his Hollister blue as a substitute teacher, substitute bus driver, and helping with athletic events.
Coach Burgi achieved many accomplishments throughout his career. As the Carthage High School Baseball Coach, he led his teams to three state semi-finals, seven district championships, and five conference championships. At Hutchinson Community College, his team won four conference titles, and Burgi was named Coach of the Year three times. While coaching at Valley View High School, he led his team to two state championships. And in his last season as the Hollister High School Head Baseball Coach, he led his Tigers to a conference championship.
Hollister's Athletic and Activities Director, Coach Mike Johnson, shared that John Burgi has been a valuable member of the Hollister School District. "He has served in many roles and impacted kids and staff in a very positive way," Johnson said. "He is beloved by his colleagues and former players."
Dr. Brian Wilson, Superintendent of Hollister Schools joined Coach Burgi on the court to present him with his Hall of Fame plaque. "Coach Burgi has had an outstanding career as a teacher, coach, and athletic director," Wilson said. "He has accomplished so much, but his greatest impact continues to be in how he treats people."
Burgi was humbled to receive the induction into the Hollister Athletic Hall of Fame. “Hollister is my favorite place," Burgi shared. "Everybody takes care of everyone here. Hollister has always felt like home.”