There have been few coaches that donned the green and white with such incredible accomplishments and records. One coach in particular had a tremendous impact that spanned well over thirty years. Patricia Hyland Dupre is a coach for the record books and now will be honored in her rightful place, the Bartlett Sports Hall of Fame.
Coach Dupre was not known for her expertise and commitment to one team over many years; she influenced many teams. From her vocal direction on the sideline of the basketball court, her inability to keep silent on the tennis court, guidance on the track or cross country course or praises on the Soccer and Field Hockey fields, Coach Dupre’s passion and spirit was felt by all of those around her. She encouraged young female athletes - in particular – to participate in everything and to do it well. Coach Dupre molded female athletes and made them believe in themselves during a time period that placed obstacles in front of them, she demanded that you knock those obstacles down. She provided life lessons through sports, and there is not a single member of her teams that did not feel her support.
Coach Hyland Dupre coached at BHS from August of 1975 to her retirement in October of 2010 – 35 years. She started as a Basketball, Girls Tennis and Field Hockey coach (yes Field Hockey was at BHS in the 1970’s and early 1980’s) before moving over to girls soccer in the 1980 when Field Hockey left the BHS athletics program. She coached soccer and Track and Field during the 1980’s and 1990’s and had many terrific athletes and teams under her tutelage in both sports.
Her Tennis Teams were undefeated for 3 years in a row and she built a powerhouse Girls Track and Field program which was undefeated many seasons from 1984 to 2000.
So unique was her coaching contribution to BHS (basketball, tennis, track and field girls and boys, field hockey and soccer) that she finished her coaching career as Boys Track and Field Coach from 2007 – 2010.
While winning was not Patricia’s main message, she sure was able to head up many success seasons. Whether it was her District and Conference Championships in Track and Field or her numerous appearances at the Soccer District Tournament where her team played their way to two State Final Games, Coach Patricia’s knowledge and tenacity was evident in her teams.
Coach Patricia Hyland Dupre has been deservedly recognized in the past with various Coach of the Year Awards and this year, 2012 she will take her place among an outstanding group of athletes and contributors. Every team needs a coach, and BHS Hall of Famers of 2012 now have theirs.