Name: Andrew Bilesky
Induction: July 26, 1984
Born (date, year, place): October 16, 1919 Trail, B.C.
Died (date, year, place): February 19, 2008 in Trail, B.C.
Primary Position: Builder
With an emphasis on discipline, hard work and sportsmanship, Andy Bilesky guided his Little League teams to 28 district championships, 11 provincial titles and five Canadian championships. The Trail, B.C. native’s squads competed in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., five times (1967, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1990). According to the Canadian Little League Association, Bilesky is the only coach to have piloted teams to the Little League World Series more than three times.
Among the hundreds of players that Bilesky coached, two of the most famous are major leaguer Jason Bay and former NHL player Ray Ferraro. For his tireless efforts, Bilesky was selected coach of the year by B.C. Amateur Baseball twice (1967, 1976) and in 1975, a Little League park in Trail was named in his honour. He was also inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.