— Fagula didn’t start coaching girls basketball until he was 30, which is old for someone who has won 600 games.
— His first love was baseball and he tried to gravitate into the coaching ranks in that sport. When that didn’t work out, he gravitated to girls basketball.
— Fagula led Nashua to 11 NHIAA state championship seasons in 20 years. After taking off four seasons, he has spent the last 11 seasons in Londonderry.
— When USA Today selected his 1986 team as the No. 1 girls’ basketball high school team in the nation, Nashua only attempted one three-point shot the whole season.
There are several Eastern Mass. schools who have enjoyed tremendous all-around seasons this winter and Central Catholic may be on top of the list. The Raiders have been ranked among the leaders all year in boys basketball and hockey and have been in the top 15 in girls basketball.
But Reading has probably been the most impressive. The Rockets are unbeaten and seeded No. 1 in girls basketball and have been in the top five almost all winter in boys and girls hockey.
St. John’s Prep, an all-boys school, has been ranked in the top three in both hockey and basketball much of the year and also has one of the state’s best wrestling teams, having won the Division 1 dual meet tournament and 35 meets overall.
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