Sports notebook: Cotter's role burnishes BC High honor for Foley
Larry Foley will never forget. Not just because he was inducted into the Boston College High School Hall of Fame. Not just because he will always be remembered among the great athletes in Eagles history.
Foley got to see Jim Cotter, his old football coach and mentor. A BC High legend and former athletic director, Cotter built the Eagles football program into what it is today.
Cotter was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, in October 2006. He has been in deteriorating health and has been absent from BC High’s athletic scene. But Cotter gathered enough strength to introduce Foley and the other nine members of the 2009 Hall of Fame class on Nov. 24 at McNeice Pavilion.
“Coach Cotter made the evening very special,’’ said Foley, 43, who lives in Milton. “It meant a lot to me and surely many others that he was able be there and be strong enough to introduce everyone.’’
Cotter coached the Eagles football team for 41 years. Before stepping down in 2004, he compiled a 236-145-17 record and earned two Super Bowl titles, in 1977 and 2000. Cotter, a 1955 BC High graduate, also has served as athletic director, guidance counselor, teacher, and special assistant to the president for alumni affairs.
“Seeing him brought back some great high school memories,’’ said Foley, whose brother Sean, a 1987 graduate and former quarterback, was inducted into BC High’s Hall of Fame in 2000. “The friendships that were made and the lessons that were taught to us mean the most to me today.’’
Foley was a Catholic Conference All-Star in football his senior season and was a left fielder on the 1984 baseball team that won the Catholic Conference title. He went on to be a three-time letterman in football at Cornell University.
“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized as one of the better athletes at BC High,’’ Foley said. “I still follow the program and go to football games, baseball games, and basketball games. It seems a lot of people from BC High stay local. That says a lot about the people and a lot about the coaches. People want to come back and support the program.’’
Other Globe South area inductees include Justin Mortimer (class of 2000) of Milton and Frank Curreri (2002) of Weymouth.
Mortimer led the Eagles swim team to three consecutive Division 1 state championships and continued to swim at the University of Minnesota, where he helped lead the Gophers to three straight Big Ten Championships. Mortimer was a 13-time Division 1 NCAA All-American, a 7-time US National Champion, and an alternate on the 2004 Olympic team.
Curreri was the captain, team MVP, and Globe Super Teamer on the BC High hockey team that won the Super 8 championship in 2002. He was the catcher on the 2001 state championship baseball team and went on to play baseball at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Curreri was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks and played six seasons of professional baseball.
The Braintree Middle School student and Weymouth Club representative entered the Orange Bowl, which is one of the top junior events, ranked number two in New England and number 23 in the country in his age bracket. He won the National Open 12-and-under Level 2 tournament, losing only 11 games in the last three matches. “He played a great first round match,’’ said Calin Mateas, Catalin’s father and coach. “Catalin lost a tough first set in the second round and lost his confidence. He had his chances and put up a good fight, but he missed some important points.’’
Jaclyn Germano of Westwood was at the forefront of Merrimack’s attack that set the single-season mark with 64 goals. The senior forward and former Westwood High School star had 36 points (16 goals, four assists) and broke the single-season record for goals.
Germano, who earned All-Conference Second Team honors, was selected to the Division II North/South Senior All-Star game that was played at Wake Forest University. She finished her career second all-time in points (60) with 26 goals and eight assists, trailing Kristen Blair (2003-06), who finished with 99 points (40 goals, 19 assists).
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