|Title:||Class of 1988|
Donald F. Cushing, as a standout basketball player your accomplishments are among the most memorable at Worcester State College. As a four year starter you are one of only two athletes to reach the coveted 1,000 point and 1,000 rebound plateau in men's basketball.
In addition to scoring 1,013 points, you also gathered 1,001 rebounds, including a game high of 26 against Salem State in 1965. You displayed your leadership abilities by serving as a co-captain your senior year. You were selected the Most Valuable Player by the Worcester Coaches and Sportswriters Association in 1966.
Your leadership abilities were not confined to the basketball court, as you were elected president of the Worcester State College Men's Athletic Association in your senior year and you were a member and an officer of that organization for three years.
You were named head basketball coach at Bartlett High in Webster in 1966 and you have played a major role in the lives of many basketball players since that time. Your influence and outstanding qualities of sportsmanship have led your teams to be selected six times, including this past season, as recipients of the Central Massachusetts Board 26 Basketball Officials Cervini-Hardy Sportsmanship Award, a tribute to you as a coach, as well as to your teams.
Your basketball teams have won 274 games while losing just 99 and have won three District Championships, 10 league championships, three Clark Tournament titles and have qualified for the state tournament in 15 of the 16 years you were coaching. You became the first soccer coach at Bartlett, a post you held for 17 years, and your teams won 143 games while losing 87 and having 33 ties. Your team won one District Championship, six league titles and 10 of 17 years qualified for the state tournament. In addition, your soccer team has won two Central Massachusetts Sportsmanship Awards. As a coach at Bartlett you have won 417 games.
You were the head basketball coach at Nichols College for five years and also coached the Nichols tennis team for two years.
You have served as a committee member or president of many athletic associations in Central Massachusetts over the years and you are currently the Athletic Director at Bartlett High School.
Donald F. Cushing, it is with great pride that we induct you into the Worcester State College Athletic Hall of Fame.