Billy Widgeon has enjoyed tremendous success as a high school athlete, collegiate athlete and outstanding coach in several sports. He played on the 1953 NCHSAA state 1-A basketball championship team at Newport High and then was a two-sport standout at Atlantic Christian (now Barton) College, where he is in that school’s hall of fame. Widgeon was a teacher and coach at Bailey High from 1957 through ’64, where he coached three sports but his women’s basketball team won an amazing 107 games in a row. From 1964 through ’91 he served at West Carteret, winning 342 games in 23 years as head basketball coach and also coaching men’s golf for 27 seasons, winning eight regular-season championships in that sport. He was athletic director 10 years at West and is a charter member of the West Carteret Hall of Fame.
July 8, 2019