Inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame
On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Inaugural Class for the Bishop Stang Athletics Hall of Fame was inducted. The Hall of Fame recognizes those coaches, teams and student-athletes who excelled in their sport and/or who achieved great success beyond Bishop Stang in athletic endeavors.
Bishop Stang President/Principal Peter Shaughnessy shared, "Athletics play a vital role in the fulfillment of Bishop Stang's mission and tradition of excellence. This first Athletics Hall of Fame class exemplifies not only tremendous achievement on the field of competition, but also outstanding character as people."
The 2017 Inductees for the Bishop Stang Inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame were:
Theresa Dougall ’64 (posthumously)
Coach Dougall graduated from Bishop Stang in 1964, having played field hockey, basketball and volleyball all four years of high school. Upon her return to Stang four years later, she coached field hockey for 20 years, leading the 1983 team to state champions. She was the Globe Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1986 as well as League Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1986. Her impact on generations of Spartans is immeasurable.
William Hart ‘64
Coach Hart graduated with the Class of 1964 and returned to serve more than 40 years at Bishop Stang. He coached football, girls’ basketball and many other sports when the need would arise. He assumed the position of Athletic Director in 1985, and in his 25 years in that position, Hart fostered the growth of the Bishop Stang Athletic Program from just 16 sports teams to 25. Coach Hart lived and breathed the mission of the school as well as that of the athletic program.
James B. Lanagan, Jr.
Coach Lanagan spent 15 years of his 37-year coaching career at Bishop Stang, with a record of 90-55-5 for the Spartan football team. A man of great faith, many of the traditions he created within the football program still remain in existence. Today, Coach can still be found inspiring with Stang student-athletes at the summer conditioning program and on the football field.
John C. O’Brien (posthumously)
Coach O’Brien began his tenure at Bishop Stang in 1961 as the school’s first varsity basketball coach and in his tenure coached baseball as well. He served as Athletic Director beginning in 1965 through his passing in 1985. His concern for others and legendary style brought out the best in those around him. John C. O’Brien is at the very core of the Stang athletic family tradition.
1964 Varsity Football
This Bishop Stang team, led by Head Coach Carlin Lynch and Coaches Charlie Connell, Gerry Hickey and Roland Seguin, earned the title of State Class C Champion Football Team and dedicated their season to Principal Sister Anne Denise. They went 7-0 against teams from area schools of all sizes and were driven by the motto, “Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.”
1983 Field Hockey
The 1983 Bishop Stang Girls Field Hockey Team earned the title of Division II Massachusetts State Champions. Coached by Theresa Dougall, Carol Stigh and Karen Quintin, the team finished the season with a record of 17-2-2. Captains Lisa Demakis and Ellen Saunders led the team as well as rallied the school around this team’s energy.
Kevin Phelan ‘69
Kevin Phelan played both basketball and baseball at Bishop Stang. Coached by John O’Brien, his senior year he led the Bristol County League in scoring and brought the team to the Bristol County League Championship. Phelan is in the 1000 Point Club at Bishop Stang and continued his basketball career at SMU. He was inducted into the UMass Dartmouth Hall of Fame in 2001, where he still holds the record for most field goals in a game.
Gerry Kavanaugh ‘71
Gerry Kavanaugh played basketball for Coach John O’Brien, who described Kavanaugh as a “gem.” Gerry was a three-year starter who once scored 40 points in three different games, including a win over an undefeated New Bedford High team that was ranked number one in the state.Kavanaugh continued his education and basketball career at Lafayette College where he was captain and still holds the record for assists in a single game.
Joan Fontaine ‘78
Joan Fontaine was an all-season athlete, playing field hockey, basketball and tennis at Bishop Stang. As a sophomore, she was on the varsity team for both field hockey and basketball, and as a senior was the captain of both. Joan was named Boston Globe All Star Field Hockey her senior year, a first for a female Bishop Stang athlete. A leader on the field, she raised the level of play for all her teammates.
Ellen J. Vera ‘80
Ellen J. Vera was an all-season athlete, playing field hockey, basketball and track while at Bishop Stang. She was a three year starter in field hockey and basketball. She won the Theresa Dougall award in 1980 and went on to play Division I field hockey and lacrosse at Northeastern, where she was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1990. Ellen also coached field hockey and lacrosse teams for 20 years at the high school and college levels, earning Boston Globe Coach of the Year.
David Ottavianelli ‘86
David Ottavianelli was an all-season athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball. He was a three year starting quarterback under Coach Lanagan and led the team to its first 9-1 season since 1974 and repeated in 1985. David received the Otto Graham Award in 1985, the Carlin Lynch Award in 1986, and was selected for the Southeastern Massachusetts Eastern Division all-star team. He went on to attend the US Military Academy at West Point and then served nine years active duty in the US Army.
Tracy Jackson Bright ‘97
Tracy Jackson was an all-season athlete, playing field hockey, basketball and softball. She was a four year starter on Bishop Stang varsity basketball, serving as Captain her junior and senior year, and she won the Dave Cowens award in Basketball senior year.
Tracy was also a three year starter on field hockey and a four year shortstop on varsity softball. Tracy won the Theresa Dougall Award in 1997 and went on to a basketball career at Franklin Pierce.