Recent Hall of Fame Inductees
For the past 54 years, the MBCA has been inducting very deserving and distinguished coaches into its Hall of Fame. Last year's three new inductees brought the total number of Hall of Fame members to 154.
CLASS OF 2015
Jim Hackenson graduated from Bridgewater State College in 1974 where he captained the football and baseball teams in senior year. He taught social studies and mathematics at Shepherd Hill and Dudley Middle School from 1978-2011. Jim has coached the Shepherd Hill Girls Varsity team since 1981. During his 34 years of coaching varsity, his teams have advanced to the district championship game seven times, won back to back Division 2 Central Mass titles in 1996 and 1997 and Division 1 Central Mass titles in 2009 and 2010; the 2009 team advanced to the state final game and lost in the last waning seconds of the game. His teams received the Ann Ash-Zelesky Sportsmanship Award an amazing nine times. Jim joined the 500 Victory Club and has been awarded the MBCA Coach of the Year numerous times. His philosophy has been, "Kids win, coaches lose" and he strives to make every practice count. Jim has been married for over 26 years to Cheryl and has one son, Andrew.
Mike McVeigh is a 1966 graduate of Bishop Bradley H.S. in Manchester, N.H. where he was a three sport athlete and inducted into the Manchester Catholic Hall of Fame in 1999. Mike graduated from Merrimack College in 1970, and started a teaching career for the next 38 years. During his 31 years of coaching at North Andover High School, Mike's teams compiled a record of 497 victories and 176 losses. His teams made the MIAA post-season tournament in each of his 31 years. During this time, his team won 21 league titles, including winning the 2013 Large Division of the Merrimack Valley Conference in their first year in that league. Mike is a multiple MBCA Coach of the Year Award recipient, as well as other numerous league and regional honors. Among his more recent awards were the President's Award from IIABO Board #130, the Boston Globe Division Two Coach of the Year, and the ESPN HS Boston State Coach of the Year, all received in 2013. Mike and his wife, Jackie, live in North Andover. They have two grown children, John and Erin, as well as two grandchildren, Jack and Kelly.
The 2015 fall season will begin Mike Perry's 40th year coaching at Cardinal Spellman High School. Mike has been the Boys Varsity Basketball coach for 37 years. He has also served as the Varsity Girls soccer coach for 28 years, 4 years as the assistant softball coach and previously 20 years as the assistant baseball coach. His career record is 502 wins - 296 losses. His basketball teams have won eight league championships, four South Sectional Championships, two Eastern Mass. Championships and two State Championship titles (1983-1984 and 2013-2014). Mike has been a four time MBCA Division III Coach of the Year. He has been inducted into the Bridgeawter-Raynham Athletic Hall of Fame, the Cardinal Spellman Athletic Hall of Fame and the Westfield State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Mike is married and the father of four children.
CLASS OF 2014
Mark Donahue served as the head boys' basketball coach at Uxbridge High School for 34 seasons, compiling a win record of 395 games. His teams were perennial MIAA post season tournament participants, qualifying 27 times for post season play. Uxbridge High won multiple Southern Worcester County League Titles, Clark Tournament and Central Mass titles under his leadership. Mark is a three time MBCA Coach of the Year Award recipient (1982, 1993, 2007). In 1990 he coached and organized the Uxbridge High Basketball team tour of Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union. He is a MBCA Past President and current member of the MBCA executive board as well as Past Executive Board Officer of Central Mass Athletic Directors Association. He is a past president of the Clark University Basketball Tournament. He was the recipient of the MBCA Leo Miller Award for Outstanding contribution to High School Basketball in Massachusetts and received the 2012 Athletic Director of the Year Award from the MA Athletic Director Association. Mark and his wife Judy live in Sutton. They have three grown children, Dan, Christina and Mary. Mark's parents, Bob and Mary Donahue have been longtime Uxbridge High basketball fans, faithfully attending games and supporting the players for 34 years.
Nick Papas is a 1969 graduate of Watertown H.S., where he was a three sport athlete and inducted into the Watertown Hall of Fame in 2002. Nick graduated from Springfield College in 1973, majoring in Physical Education & Health. Nick taught at Minuteman Regional high School for 34 years before retiring in 2008. Nick's coaching stints include Minuteman (7 yrs), Melrose (16 yrs), Burlington (9 yrs) and BB&N (5 yrs and current coach). Over his 37 years of coaching, Nick's teams have compiled a record of 509 victories and 278 losses. His teams had 22 consecutive winning seasons from 1976-1998. Nick's greatest team was the 1988-89 Melrose HS squad, which completed an undefeated season (1st in school's history) at 18-0, winning the Middlesex League and becoming Division I North finalists. Nick was named the Boston Globe Division I Coach of the Year. Nick is both Melrose and Minuteman's All-Time Winningest Coach and a member of each school's Hall of Fame (2013 & 2012, respectively). He received the MA Sons of Italy Coach of the Year Award in 1996, the Sherm Kinney Award (MIAA) in 2004 and the Leo Miller Award (MBCA) in 2007. He served as President of the MBCA in 1988 and has been an Executive Board member since 1977. Nick lives in Winchester with his wife Roberta and is the father of Andrew, a Professional Opera Singer and Maxwell, an Art teacher at Minuteman Reg. H.S.
Mike Rubin was the East Boston High School Head Boys Basketball coach for 24 years (1979-2003). His teams compiled twelve Boston City North Championships and ten Boston City Championships. His 1985, 1986, 1992 and 1999 teams won Division II North Championships, Division II Eastern Mass Championship and all went on to win Division II State Championships. In 1985 and 1986, Mike was named Boston Globe Division II Coach of the Year and in 2000 was an Assistant Coach in the McDonald's All-American Game. Mike has been the recipient of numerous awards including the MIAA distinguished Service Award in 2014 and the Henry Shattuck Public Service Award for outstanding Community Service to the City of Boston in 2010. Mike was appointed Headmaster of East Boston High School in 2003, a dream becoming reality. His philosophy of coaching is that it is not only about the wins and losses; it's about developing positive relationships with your players, helping them get into college and preparing them for the real world. Over t he years Mike has coached, mentored and advised thousands of kids and has helped them realize their potential through academics and sports. Michael and his wife, Danette, live in Mattapan; they have five grown children.
CLASS OF 2013
Jim Grant is a graduate of Nipmuc Regional High and after earning a degree from Assumption College, went on to teach at Nipmuc Regional from 1973-2005. Jim's Varsity Basketball teams have won 8 Dual Valley Conference titles, 2 Clark Tournament Championships (1993 & 1997) and one Central MA District Tournament Championship (1997). His teams qualified for the Central MA District Tournament 29 times and have qualified for the Clark Tournament 28 times. He was Central MA Coach of the Year in 1997. Jim's career record stands at 502 wins and 281 losses for a winning percentage of .640 in 40 years of varsity basketball. Jim also coached Varsity Baseball at Nipmuc Regional for 25 years; his teams won over 200 games including one Tri-Valley Championship and six Dual Valley Championships. Jim has always had a vested interest and tremendous pride in the athletic program at Nipmuc. His daughter Shelley '91 was a three sport standout and his sons Mike '95 and Kevin '97 were three sport athletes and both were on Clark Tournament teams ('93 & '97) as was he back in 1964. Jim has been married to Diane (Hackenson) Grant for 42 years and they reside in Mendon, MA. He is the proud grandfather of Kylie, Madison, Grace, Elizabeth, Margaret, Mackie and Conor.
Jane Heil's head basketball coaching career began at Peabody High in 1977. Her first "round" in this position continued until 1995 and included 12 Greater Boston League Championships (seven undefeated), 18 consecutive State Tournament entries, two Division I North titles and a Division I Championship in 1985. "Round" two began in 1999, returning to Peabody where she is still coaching, and her teams have qualified for the State Tournament nine times and won five consecutive Greater Boston League Championships. Jane is inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame with a combined record of 512-167. Among many honors throughout her years of coaching, Jane was named Boston Globe Coach of the Year in 1985, Mass. State Hall of Fame Coach in 1986 and MA Basketball Assoc. North Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1991. She was inducted into the Bridgewater State College Hall of Fame 1989 and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2003 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, had surgery, chemo and radiation pre-season, and with the help of family, friends and the 2003-2004 team, never missed a game or practice and the girls went 19-2. Jane's father, Leo Appiani, former Medford High Basketball coach was a founding member and treasurer of the MBCA. Jane lives with her husband, Robert C. Heil, in Beverly, MA and is the mother of Kristin Hell Papanickolas and Robert Heil and has two grandchildren.
Tom Hill received his bachelor's degree from Springfield College in 1968 and his Master's degree from Fitchburg State University in 1974. After spending three years in the military he began his teaching career and from 1972 to 2004 he taught social studies and physical education at the Bromfield school in Harvard, MA. He also served as Athletic Director at the Bromfield School from 2001-2004 and coached basketball: the girls from 1976-1987 and 1990-2008 and the boys from 2008-2013 before retiring. His teams have compiled a record of 507 wins and 239 losses with four District Championships. An article by Ed Niser of Nashoba Publishing captures Tom Hill's legacy: "When people talk about the Bromfield School, or anything that has to do with the town of Harvard, nine times out of ten, Coach Hill's name will be uttered, not by his own choosing, of course. Hill has meant so much to the lives of the many young people he has touched over the years. When you talk to Coach Hill's closest friends, you get the sense that he has made a lasting impact with his actions, not his words." In 2002, he was elected to the Massachusetts High School Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame. He still coaches soccer for the Bromfield School.
CLASS OF 2012
Jim Daley served more than three decades at the helm of the Whitman-Hanson Girls' Basketball program. He led his teams to 510 wins in 33 years, including 15 league championships and 30 state tournament appearances. Coach Daley was named coach of the year by the Brockton Enterprise, the Boston Globe, IAABO Board 54 and twice by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association. He served as a teacher, department head and Athletic Director at Whitman-Hanson in his 36-year career as an educator. Coach Daley is a past president of the MBCA. He enjoys traveling, having led many exchange trips to Europe. Coach Daley currently works at Cardinal Spellman High School and resides in Hudson, MA with his wife of 34 years, Mareen and their children, Connor, Kate and Brendan.
Dick Licare began his coaching career as a 22-year old recent college graduate and turned a once struggling Central Catholic team into arguably one of the strongest boys basketball programs in the state. Over 27 seasons, Coach Lisare's teams amassed a total of 447 wins and won the 1999 Massachusetts State Championship. His teams won an eye-popping 14 Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney titles. He stepped down at age 49 to move to the Dallas area. Dick is currently a team leader at Keller Williams Realty. Coach Licare joins his father, Coach Bob Licare, as a member of the MBCA Hall of Fame. The Eagle Tribune boys basketball coach of the year award was renamed the Bob and Dick Licare Award in honor of Licare and his father. Dick resides in Allen, Texas with his wife Deborah and children, Leanna, Lizzie, Sarah Jane and Charlie.
Victor Ortiz started his coaching career in 1976 at Brockton High School as Junior Varsity Coach under Jack Lehane. After seven years as JV coach, he was named Head Varsity Coach in 1983. He remained at Brockton High School until he retired in 2007, after 24 years as Head Coach. In his second year as Head Coach, Victor won the Mass. Division 1 State Title with a 24-1 record for that year. In addition to the State Title, he and his teams won five South Sectional Titles and one Eastern, Mass. Title. Coach Ortiz's overall head coaching record was 385 wins and 160 losses. His teams qualified for the State Tournament 22 of 24 seasons. He was named Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe in 1985 and was selected three times by the MBCA and twice by the Brockton Enterprise for Coach of the Year. Coach Ortiz was honored with the Oswald Tower Award for "high ethical standards" in 1989 by the IAABO Board 27. Victor was inducted into the Brockton High School Hall of Fame in 2009. Victor lives in Brockton with his wife, Joann.
CLASS OF 2011
Coach Ed Ladley has been the head boy’s basketball coach at Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton for 40 years and this past season earned his 500th career victory. Coach Ladley, a past president of the MBCA recently retired from teaching at the school, but will continue to coach the boys basketball program. Under his leadership, the Wahconah program has qualified for the Tournament 31 times, with 13 appearences in the Western Mass Finals and 5 Western Mass sectional titles. Coach Ladley’s teams have also appeared in 4 State Finals, winning a State Championship in 1987. Coach Ladley has the most wins of any Boy’s Basketball Coach in the history of Berkshire County.
Coach Steve Barrett has been the Athletic Director and head girls basketball coach at West Bridgewater since 1980. This past season, Coach Barrett earned his 500th career victory. During his coaching tenure, Coach Barrett teams have earned 18 Mayflower League titles and Coach Barrett’s teams have qualified for the Tournament every year since 1980. Coach Barrett, who is a multiple MBCA Coach of the Year winner, finished the 2010-2011 season with 510 wins. Coach Barrett retired from teaching three years ago, but continues as the athletic director and girls basketball coach.
Coach Chris DuBose led the Dover-Sherborn High School boys basketball team for 32 seasons before retiring after the 2007-2008 season. Coach DuBose’s teams won 402 games in his career, along with nine Tri-Valley League Titles, four South Sectional Championships and the Massachusetts State Championship in 1982. Coach DuBose was a standout athlete at Framingham North High School and Harvard University prior to beginning his coaching career. Throughout his career, Chris DuBose ran a program admirable not only for its success, but also in the way that he guided it. He is highly respected among his colleagues, his opponents, and most importantly, his players. In 32 years, Chris has reached what all coaches strive to achieve-success in terms of victories as well as in terms of the relationships we make while coaching.
CLASS OF 2010
Coach Ed Rodrigues began his coaching career as a freshmen boys’ basketball coach. His teams during this time were undefeated, achieving an overall record of 56-0. At the age of twenty-seven, Ed was appointed head basketball coach at New Bedford High School and for the next twenty-seven years was extremely successful. Ed’s coaching accomplishments are the following: 2 State Championships, 18 Conference Championships, 20 Holiday Tournament Championships, 2 Eastern Mass Championships, 2 South Sectional Championships, 2 times coach of the year by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches, 2 times Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe. He was selected to the New Bedford Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, and the court at New Bedford High School was named in his honor last December. Ed’s overall record of 437-154 is one of the best in Massachusetts High School History. Coach Rodrigues also has been a head coach for boys’ soccer and girls’ lacrosse as well as an assistant coach with girls’ soccer and football. Ed is currently entering his third year as an assistant men’s basketball coach at UMass-Dartmouth.
Coach Bob Hohne has coached Varsity Girls' Basketball at Old Rochester for 32 years. Bob has enjoyed a great deal of success. His coaching record to date is 507-203 and his league record is 351-123. Bob has 13 league championships, five south sectional finals and one State Championship. Coach Hohne has qualified for the State Tournament 29 times including 19 straight appearances. Amazingly, he has had only one losing season in 32 years. Bob was named Boston Globe Coach of the Year and Massachusetts Coach of the year in 1998. Bob has also coached the Boys Tennis team to 6 League Championship and the Girls Tennis team to 7 league Championships. He is currently still coaching at Old Rochester.
Coach Doldoorian coached Varsity Girls Basketball at Oxford High School for twenty seasons. His career record is 326-107. He has won two State Championships and his 2001 team was a State Finalist. He has won six Central Mass. District Titles and thirteen Southern Worcester County League Titles. John was voted Central Mass. Division 2 Coach of the Year in 1991, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2003, 2005. Coach Doldoorian’s teams have always been very successful. He has had four undefeated regular seasons and has achieved a regular season winning streak of 62 games. Also, over 40% of Coach Doldoorian’s seniors went on to play basketball at the college level. He is currently the athletic director at Oxford High School.
Coach Dick Gowen was the Girls Basketball coach at Quaboag Regional High School for fifteen seasons. His teams won ten League Titles and eight Central Mass. Titles. Coach Gowen won four State Championships (1985, 1986, 2004, 2006). The Quaboag Girls Basketball team has also won several sportsmanship awards, including the first Ann Ash Zelesky sportsmanship award. Coach Gowen has received two Central Mass. Coach of the Year Awards. In addition to coaching basketball, he has coached baseball, softball and track at Quaboag Regional. He currently is retired from teaching and coaching, and is enjoying his grandchildren.
CLASS OF 2009
Barry Finneron began his coaching career as an assistant to George Vasil at Marlborough High School in 1970. After two years at Marlborough, he became the boy's varsity coach. In 1977, Barry switched over and became the head varsity girls coach at Holy Name Central Catholic High School. Barry wanted a change of scenery, so Barry joined Jim Abare as the associate head coach at Gardner High School for two years. He realized his passion was head coaching, and he returned to Holy Name Central Catholic High School. During his 37 years as a head coach, Barry's teams won 503 and lost 269 in the very competitive Div. I Central Mass area. Barry's teams have qualified for Central Mass District Tournament 30 times and have won five District Titles. Barry has been coach of the year five times.
Coach Jerry Morelli began coaching basketball at Dedham High School as an assistant to Jim Calhoun. He became the head coach in 1973. His teams at Dedham won over 100 games and two Bay State League Championships. He left Dedham for Weymouth North High School, leading them to the Old Colony League Championship. His next stop was a six year stint as head coach at Curry College. Finally, he returned to his alma mater Boston College High School where he directed the Eagles to six Catholic Conference Championships four consecutive years from 2000-2004. He has won numerous league coach of the year awards as well as the Boston Globe Division I Coach of the Year in 2004. Jerry is presently Vice Principal of Boston College High School and a member of their 2003 Hall of Fame.
Bob Nute started his coaching career in the middle of the transition year, 1969-1970, when girls basketball went from 6 on 6 to 5 on 5. The girls wore skirts and blouses during this year, but the uniform changed the following season to resemble those worn today. From 1970 until 1991 Martha's Vineyard Regional High School compiled a record of 293 wins and 83 losses. During this period his teams won two state championships, four sectional titles, 10 league titles, one colleague and a three way league tie. His wife Shauna was JV coach for 11 years and was an assistant during the title years. Nute was selected coach of the year several times in the Cape and Island League.
Bob Fisher began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach to A. Scott Mackinlay at Rockland High School in 1966. After three years as an assistant coach, Bob became the Head Coach at Rockland High where he coached on and off for 23 years. In those 23 years, Bob's teams won two state championships, 4 south sectional titles and his teams advanced to the sectional semi-finals 15 times while qualifying all 23 years for post-season play. Bob's teams also won 15 league titles while winning 422 games, at Rockland. Moving back to his old high school Quincy, Bob's teams continued with success as his teams won two league titles and qualified for the state tournament all 4 years.
CLASS OF 2008
An All-American and New England Champion wrestler at Springfield College, Joe Porrell brought his self-discipline and successful ways and applied those traits to his teaching and coaching at Wayland High School. After serving as the junior high coach for four years and then the JV coach for two years, he took over the varsity coaching position in 1974. In his 20 years as the head coach, his teams won 313 games versus 140 losses (69.1%). Winning the Division II State Championship in 1981 and the Division III State Championship in 1991, he also led Wayland to a sectional championship and an Eastern MA championship in 1979 in addition to his seven Dual County League championhips. The 1981 squad finished with a perfect 22-0 record. Joe has also been recognized by the Boston Globe, Metro West, MIAA, and the NFICA for his coaching achievements.
Success. Plain and simple. How else could one describe the career of Laney Clement-Holbrook? Laney has amassed an overall record of 503 wins and 190 losses (72.5%) in her 32 seasons as a head coach at Oliver Ames High School. Aside from her 28 tournament appearances and 11 Hockomock League titles, she has led her squad to eight sectional semi-finals, five sectional finals, two state semifinals, and one state championship game appearance where in 2006 Oliver Ames won the Division II State Championship. Laney has been an active member of the MBCA since 1980 and in 1992 served as the first female President of the organization. Aside from her numerous coaching accolades from the MBCA, WBCA, BostonGlobe, MIAA, NFICA, ESPN, and the Brockton Enterprise, she has also been inducted into the Northeast New Agenda, Dedham High School, Bridgewater State College, and New England Basketball Hall of Fames.
Jim Diamantopoulos has been the epitome of class in his coaching career at Shrewsbury, Burncoat, and West Boylston High Schools. At Burncoat, he led his squad to the state championship game twice while winning three district championships and 14 league titles. He has been recognized as the Division I Central Coach of the Year on three different occasions. An avid supporter of high school basketball in the state of Massachusetts, Jim has served on the MIAA State Basketball Committee and also served as President of the MBCA in 2002-03.Jim currently serves as the Health and Fitness Department Chairman at Algonquin Regional High School.