Bishop Stang announces inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Bishop Stang High School is pleased to announce the Inaugural Class for the Athletics Hall of Fame. The Athletics 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 are:


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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. Her impact on generations of Spartans is immeasurable.

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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 and girls’ basketball and assumed the position of Athletic Director in 1985. In his 25 years as AD 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.

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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 be found working with Stang student-athletes at the summer conditioning program.

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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 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.


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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 field hockey and basketball, and as a senior was the captain of both. A leader on the field, she raised the level of play for all her teammates.

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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 a four-year short stop on varsity softball. Tracy won the Theresa Dougall Award in 1997 and went on to a basketball career at Franklin Pierce.

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Gerald Kavanaugh ’71

Gerry Kavanaugh played basketball for Coach John O’Brien, who described Kavanaugh as a “gem.” In the 1971 Bristol County League playoffs, he scored 40 points to lead the Spartans to victory over undefeated New Bedford. After a year at Deerfield, Kavanaugh continued his basketball career at Lafayette College, holding the record for assists into the 2000s.

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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 Carlin Lynch Award in 1986 and went on to the USMA at West Point where he continued to play football.

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Kevin Phelan ’69

Kevin Phelan played 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.

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Ellen Vera ’80

Ellen 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 for Coach Terry Dougall and basketball point guard under Coach Bill Hart. She won the Theresa Dougall Award in 1980 and went on to play Division I field hockey and lacrosse at Northeastern.

The Inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. For more information, contact the Bishop Stang Advancement/Alumni Office at 508-996-5602, extension 485 or email

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