Tripaldi, Lou (1982)
The late Louis S. Tripaldi, former Deering High coach and athlete, was instrumental in Babe Ruth League baseball. Tripaldi — who died at age 29 in October of 1979 after a long bout with Hodgkins Disease, commuted daily while at Bowdoin College to help reorganize Portland Babe Ruth. He formed al] new teams, equipped them all and set up a field scheduling system. In addition, he created the senior division.
He also managed three Babe Ruth league championship teams himself, as well as three BRL all Star teams. He won two BRL state titles, was the Babe Ruth district 2 commissioner and the assistant state commissioner for the 13-15 division.
At Deering High, he captained the varsity baseball team for two years and was a member of the football team three years. He played football and hockey at both North Yarmouth Academy and Bowdoin College. Upon graduation, he taught in the Wiscasset system before coming back to Portland and Jack Junior High School.
At Jack Jr., he coached baseball and basketball and taught social studies. He led the school to its first ever city baseball championship.
He switched to guidance counseling and Deering High School in 1974 where he was assistant football coach. In 1978, he realized a life-long dream when he was named Deering’s head baseball coach.