Induction Class of 2019
Kyle Bicknell was born in Springville, New York on December 3, 1967. He is the son of Jay and Judy Bicknell and younger brother of the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee Tim Bicknell.
Kyle grew up on East Main Street with his family. He enjoyed participating in every little league sport Springville had to offer. He spent a majority of his time with his friends and neighbors playing baseball, football, or shooting hoops in his backyard. If not at home, he would be riding his bike to play at a friend’s house. His first job was at the community pool as the basket boy working for Coach Jim Rindfuss. This job was ideal because Kyle had the opportunity to benefit the community. He also enjoyed developing his basketball shot on the court during breaks. The community pool was not just a job for Kyle. After work and dinner, Kyle would return to play pick-up basketball.
Kyle’s football career started as a freshman when he was the quarterback of the “Baby Griffs” coached by Bill Baker and Bruce Solomon. That year was the school’s first-ever undefeated season. Much of the same the following year when the JV team coached by Jim Duprey and the late Joe Fitzsimmons went 8-0. Kyle passed for 637 yards and six touchdowns as the quarterback that year. Junior year, Kyle went on to play varsity football under coaches Mick Nugent, Duane Havens, and the late Bob Schlageter. He backed up veteran quarterback Rick Belcher. The team went an impressive 8-0 before losing to Salamanca at the Rich Stadium sectional championship. Kyle’s closing year as a Griffin, the team opened the season with a loss to Williamsville South, the previous number one team in the state. The team was determined and won their next eight games. For the year he threw for 478 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 211 yards and four touchdowns. The Griffin’s devotion and perseverance that season resulted in a 20-0 win at Rich Stadium against Lackawanna. The most notable play of his game was rushing for a touchdown and following up with a 2 point conversion and passing for a touchdown. Kyle (master of deception) received first-team division all-star along with seven of his teammates.
In Basketball, Kyle played one year of junior varsity and Three years varsity. These years coached by Bob Schlageter and fellow Hall of Fame Inductee Jim Rindfuss. Sophomore year was his first year on the varsity team. That year was a learning experience for Kyle as he adapted to a much faster pace of the game. Junior year Kyle started at point guard and the team won the first annual McDonalds tip-off classic with a couple of buzzer winning games. The team gained a reputation and became known as the “Cardiac Kids.” Senior year the Griffs won the division 12-0 and went 15-4 overall by the end of the year. The team won 11 straight games during that impressive season. Kyle led the team in points, steals, and assist. The highlight of the season was winning the game against division rival East Aurora. The Griffs were down by two, and Kyle was fouled by the Blue Devels at the buzzer. He made the two free throws to send the game in overtime. During the exciting overtime, he scored on a layup with two seconds left. The other team fouled once again but Kyle followed through and successfully made the foul shot to win the game. That year Kyle earned unanimous first-team all-star and All-Western New York honorable mention. Kyle moved into 5th position on the Springville all-time scoring list with a three year total of 691 points.
Kyle graduated high school in 1986 at the Griffith Institute. During his time there he lettered in both football and basketball. That year he was honored with the Pop Warner Trophy and Sportsmanship Award. Along with his involvement with sports, Kyle was president of his Senior Class.
After high school, Kyle went on to SUNY Delhi where he graduated with a degree in Applied Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Today he works as a Motor Equipment Operator for the Village of Depew residing in Depew with his wife Wendy of 28 years and two children Kayla and Jacob. Now he enjoys camping with his family and friends, keeping active running half marathons with Kayla, and playing disc golf with Jacob.
“I can’t say enough how honored I am to be inducted into the Pop Warner Hall of Fame along with Judy Schunk Langworthy and my mentor, coach Jim Rindfuss. I wanted to thank many people that have influenced my life. To the committee members Glenn Weber, Mark Rumfola, Tammy Stedman, Lynette Johnson, Harry Scull, and Kathy Krezmien. To my coaches from little league to high school, your guidance has played a significant role in the person I have become today. To my friends and teammates, each of you has propelled me to improve as an athlete and overall person. To Mom and Dad, you’ve always been there for me and still are today. Your attendance at all my functions did not go unnoticed. I appreciate all you have done for me. My older brother Tim, who I was fortunate enough to observe and learn how he carried himself on and off the playing fields. Thanks for being my role model. My children Kayla and Jacob, I love watching how you both have succeeded in both athletics and academics. You both mean the world to me. My wife Wendy who is also my best friend. Thank you for being the one I get to share lifetime happiness with. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Lastly, the Springville community, I couldn’t imagine growing up anywhere else. I am so proud to tell people I grew up in Springville. Once a Griffin always a Griffin!”