Excellence is the keyword when revealing the accomplishments of Don Cushing’s 35-year career at Bartlett High School which began in 1966. Whether it was in teaching, coaching, or administrator positions, this affable, knowledgeable personality instilled Indian Pride in BHS student-athletes.
Don perhaps is best remembered for his teams’ successes on the basketball court. During 26 years of varsity coaching (1966-1977 and 1983-1998), his teams compiled an outstanding 405-162 recording. Included during that span were four District Championships, three Clark Tournament Championships, finalist in the state tournament, an unequaled 10 Cervini-Hardy Central Mass. Sportsmanship Awards, and 15 league championships.
He coached soccer at Bartlett for 17 seasons as the Indians compiled a record of 143-87-33 and one District Championship plus 10 league championships.
Don began his career at Bartlett as an English/Social Studies teacher. He also served as Guidance Department Head/Director of Athletics for 10 years and Assistant Principal/Director of Athletics for nine years.
While at Bartlett, he coached the Nichols College basketball team for five years from 1977-1982 and men’s tennis for two years. He retired from Bartlett in 2001.
Since 2002, he has been an assistant coach for Worcester State men’s basketball.
Don has received much recognition for his achievements. Included are Central Mass. Soccer Coaches Association and Basketball Officials Association Contributor; Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association Award of Merit; and induction into the Worcester State College Athletic Hall of Fame. On November 21, 2004 he will be inducted into the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
During “retirement”, Don works part time for the Worcester State College Alumni Office; serves on the Clark Tournament Basketball Committee; is a soccer referee; officiates track & field events; conducts basketball camps; and, is a State Soccer Tournament director.