Induction into a hall-of-fame is a tremendous part of the Don Ferrari legacy, for this occasion marks the fourth time he received recognition for contributions to athletic programs.
Don previously was inducted into the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Athletic Hall of fame in 1989, the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Massachusetts Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998.
Don’s coaching tenure includes two stints at Bartlett High School spanning 15 years. His football coaching legacy includes teams compiling a 67-35-4 overall record.
Don was at the helm of Bartlett football from 1959 through 1964 and from 1990 through 1999. The 1960 team was crowned Central Mass. Class B Champion compiling an 8-1 record. The 1991 and 1992 teams played in Central Mass. Division 2 Super Bowls, compiling 8-1 records in both years.
During his second stint at Bartlett, Don coached Indian baseball teams form 1990 through 1999.
Like many people who’ve been associated with Bartlett football over the year, completion against Southbridge on Thanksgiving Day stands out in the memory bank. Don recalled the 1960 game as one of the greatest victories he ever had. Bartlett defeated Southbridge 44-12 snapping the Pioneers’ 28 game winning streak.
In between his two Bartlett tenures, Don coached baseball and football at Athol High School. His Red Raider football teams were twice crowned Western Mass. Super Bowl Champions – in 1978 and 1984. His baseball teams also were high successful.
Don currently is a chemistry teacher at Holy Name High School. He and his wife Lorraine live in Webster and have a daughter Geana, 27, and two sons, Robert, 30 and Paul, 22.