Bill Wagner – Woodrow Wilson HS
Outfielder – 1999
The Woodrow Wilson teams coached by Hall of Famer Al Bass from 1955-1957 were excellent mainly due in large measure to Bill Wagner, who was picked for the All-Camden City Team in 1957.The team won the City Series in 1955 and in 1957 along with the South Jersey Group III championship in 1957. In the fall season, Bill quarterbacked the Wilson football team and was named to the All-City and All-Group III squads as well. Winter found him on the basketball court where Bill was named All-Group III and his team won the Group III title. This demonstrated Bill’s athletic versatility, winning 4 varsity letters in baseball and football, with 3 varsity letters in basketball.
Bill then went on to Trenton State College where his team won the NJ State College Conference crown in each of his 4 years there with a record of 58-11-1. He was named to the First Team All-NJ State College Conference in 1959-60 and 61 and was presented with the Varsity “T” at graduation as the Most Outstanding Senior Athlete. Bill was offered pro contract by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but instead took a teaching and three-sport coaching job at his high school alma mater.
Wagner played semi-pro baseball for teams throughout the Delaware Valley from 1957 through 1980 with many of the areas top teams and often playing for more than one team at a time. He also appeared with the All-Camden City League team in the Bridgeton Invitational Tournament from 1971-1976.
Bill coached baseball, basketball and football at Woodrow Wilson and later at Cherry Hill East HS from 1961-1970. Bill has had a long career coaching baseball and lightweight ‘sprint’ football at The University of Pennsylvania. He can also be found patrolling the outfield for the Hot Stovers team on Sunday mornings. Obviously, he is not yet ready for retirement.