|Year:||Class of 2019|
Despite only arriving on Boynton Hill for his sophomore year, John Bibinski earned varsity letters—three in football, two in baseball— and made an impact on a pair of club programs during his three years at WPI.
A standout defensive back, John earned first team All-New England honors at safety. He was among the leaders of the undefeated 1983 team in defensive tackles and interceptions. It was the first Engineers football team since 1954 to finish with a perfect record (8-0) and ranked first in New England, third in the Lambert Poll in the east, and ninth in the nation. WPI allowed only 7 points per game and finished with two shutouts over UMass Lowell and Hamilton and rivalry victories over RPI and Coast Guard. The Crimson and Gray was ranked fifth nationally in Division III in rushing defense and was the only undefeated, untied team that season in New England.
“John was the heart and soul of the defense on that team, and was the spiritual leader in our clubhouse, on and off the field,” commented 1983 tri-captain Ed Moffitt. “He also covered kicks, and was always the first one down on the kickoff team making it difficult for the opposition to return kicks”.
As a junior, John had an interception, 25 tackles, including 12 first hits, and an interception. As a team the Engineers went 5-3, knocking off Fairleigh Dickinson, Coast Guard, Colby, Lowell, and Hamilton.
His first season playing defense saw the Engineers post a 6-2 record in 1981, including claiming the newly created Transit Trophy for the first time with a 27-14 home victory over RPI.
“The 1983 squad is one of the legendary teams, not only in the history of WPI football, but in all of WPI athletics,” remarks current head football coach Chris Robertson. “John’s ability and presence not only resulted in the 1983 undefeated season, but helped highlight a dominant period of Engineers football during his three years on Boynton Hill.”
He was more than a football standout, earning two letters with the baseball team. He served as a starting pitcher and a first baseman, earning a pair of victories on the mound during his senior season in 1982.
He also enjoyed tremendous success for the club ice hockey program. As the starting goaltender, he led the 1982 WPI team to the New England Small College Club Conference Division championship with an undefeated/ untied (20-0-0) record. He also played club rugby for one season.
A native of Milton, Mass., he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. His MQP optimized CAD/CAM to ensure the most efficient material usage in manufacturing Kevlar bulletproof vests for the U.S. Army by Norton Company.
John is a sales and service distribution manager with Hogan Brothers Coffee in Framingham. He resides in Marlborough with his wife, Kathryn, and their three daughters, Christina, Diana, and Melissa.