STRATFORD—Longtime Stratford High baseball coach Alvin “Bud” Russell will be honored on May 1 when the Red Devils’ baseball dugout at Penders Field is named after him during a ceremony before that day’s game.
Fifteen minutes before the start of the 6 p.m. game against Immaculate, a dedication ceremony to official introduce the community to the as “The Coach Russell Home Team Dugout at Penders Field.”
Russell was the longtime Stratford High baseball coach and soccer coach who also spent 37 years as an influential educator and physical education teacher at Johnson Junior High School and Stratford High School.
Russell, a member of Stratford High Class of 1954 and a Athletic Hall of Famer, took over the reigns of the Stratford High baseball program from his own high school coach, the legendary Jim Penders, who is the namesake of Penders Field.
He coached the baseball program from 21 seasons from 1969 to 1989 amassing a record of 252 wins, 160 losses, 2 league titles, and 17 state tournament appearances.
In addition, he started the Stratford High soccer program from scratch and coached it for 11 seasons from 1974 to 1984 collecting 100 wins, 52 losses, 19 ties, 2 league titles and 8 state tournament appearances.
He passed away in 2018 on March 1, 2018 at the age of 83.
Coach Russell was well known as being a fine man of character, class, and dignity who served as a great example and mentor for his many students and ballplayers.