UTICA - The gymnasium at Kernan Elementary School will be named the Gerald "Coach" Gilberti Gymnasium during a special dedication ceremony held there at 1 p.m. Friday.
The gym will be dedicated to the late Gilberti, in recognition of his service as a teach and coach in the Utica City School District from 1956-91, and the ceremony will begin with opening remarks by Superintendent Bruce J. Karam.
After the unveiling, there will be closing remarks from the Gilberti family and a reception with light refreshments.
As a student-athlete at Utica Free Academy, Gilberti starred in football, baseball, basketball and swimming. In basketball, he was a guard on the 1947-48 team that went 16-0 and won city, Central Oneida League and Section III titles. In football, he was a fullback on an unbeaten team that outscored its opponents 107-39. In baseball, he was an outfielder who along with his brothers, Allen and Don, played for a team that lost only one game.
At Cortland State Teachers College, Gilberti lettered in soccer, lacrosse and swimming. After serving in the Korean War, he finished college and started his teaching and coaching careers at Baldwinsville Academy.
In 1956, Gilberti returned to his alma mater, Kernan Elementary School, and became one of the area's most successful coaches.
From 1956-1987, Gilberti coaches softball, baseball, basketball and soccer at Potter Street School, Kernan Elementary and UFA. When not coaching, he officiated basketball, soccer and softball games. He also was very involved in several athletic organizations, including the Mohawk Valley Boys & Girls Soccer Association and New York State Girls Basketball Association.
Section III honored Gilberti in 2003 for his lifetime of service. He was inducted into the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.