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  Cookie and Bob Bromage, have over 106 years of combined coaching experience at Enfield and East Granby. (Brad Horrigan/Hart- ford Courant)
Field Hockey Hall of Fame and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
by Lori Riley
from the Hartford Courant, June, 2015
EAST GRANBY – From her van- tage point on the Enfield High School field hockey field, Cookie Bromage could usually see when her husband Bob left school for the day.
“Oh boy,” she’d tell her players. “Get running right now because Mr. B’s coming down the hill and if he sees you’re not working hard, I’m going to be in big trouble.”
When her field hockey or bas- ketball players were in one of Bob’s calculus classes, he would tease them, “Well, Mrs. B. wasn’t too happy about yesterday, how things went.”
“I’d come home and we’d talk all the time about the kids,” Cookie said. “He’d [go into school and] say, ‘Did you work hard yesterday? She’s got something planned for you today.’ He scared them.”
Cookie laughed. She and her husband Bob, who met in the ath- letic director’s office at Enfield High in 1966 and married three years later, are still coaching – Bob coaches baseball at East Granby and Cookie coaches field hockey at Enfield. Between them, the Bro- mages have a combined 100 years of coaching experience. They have influenced generations of athletes and students at both Enfield and East Granby; both have coached their former players’ children.
Some, like E.O. Smith’s John Blomstrann who holds the all-time record for soccer coaching victories in the state and got his 500th win
last fall, went on become coaching legends in their own right. Kate Mullen, a 1974 Enfield High grad- uate who had Cookie as a coach and Bob as a teacher, just finished her 23rd season as the Wesleyan women’s basketball coach.
“It was the combined effect,” said Mullen, who’s in the Connecti- cut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. “You had Cookie and you had Bob as part of that package. You got them both. If you had Bob in class, Cookie was going to know about your homework.
“Bob Bromage will come to a [Wesleyan] game every year. I get Bob’s version of the game and he’ll tell Cookie and she’ll have her spin on it. When one cares about you, both will care about you. They just show it differently. Bob will be say- ing to me, ‘Oh, that official...’ and Cookie will say, ‘Well, your kids
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