Good Shepherd Catholic School seventh- and eighth-grade boys’ basketball coach Daniel Hughes stands with some of his players near a Hail Mary poster in the school gym. He and team members say the prayer before each game. (Photo by Cori Fugere Urban)
St. Johnsbury coach hits milestoneST. JOHNSBURY-- Good Shepherd Catholic School boys’ middle school basketball coach Daniel Hughes hit the 200-win milestone and is still counting.
Hughes – in his 11th year coaching at the St. Johnsbury Catholic school team – Good Shepherd had logged 203 wins and only 62 losses as of Feb. 27.
The coach’s 200th win came Feb. 1 with a win over Concord School, 48-30.
Before each game Hughes and his players pray the Hail Mary. “We pray…so nobody gets hurt and we play a good game,” Colby said. “It’s special. The whole team does it.”
“Before every game we say the Hail Mary enthusiastically as a team,” Hughes said. “We pray to play the best we can. … I don’t think they’d feel comfortable taking the court without saying the Hail Mary first.”
Principal Lynn Cartularo called Hughes “a great example of faith.” The school has an all-female faculty and staff, so he is a good male role model. He shows his players the importance of prayer, and “they know God is their guide,” she said.
Hughes, a parishioner of Corpus Christi Parish who attends St. John the Evangelist Church in St. Johnsbury, served on the parish council there. He is president/owner of Celtic Marketing Food Brokers, located across the street from the church.
Many of Hughes’ former players return to support the Good Shepherd team and their former coach. Current and past players signed his 200th-win basketball – about 30 signatures.
“I was only going to coach for a year,” Hughes said. “But I got attached to the kids. It’s very rewarding.”
Hughes began this season with 193 wins. But it’s not about winning. “It has always been about the kids,” he said. “We talk a lot about being a team and not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. They grasp that concept.”
He is clear about priorities: “The first priority is God,” he emphasized. Second is family, third is schoolwork and fourth is basketball.”
“The word is out. Good Shepherd is a [basketball] force to be reckoned with,” Cartularo said. Hughes “is a local celebrity in the basketball world, and he’s a blessing for us.”
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