action:article | category:SPORTS21 | adString:SPORTS21 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » High School Sports

February 19. 2013 11:49PM

Londonderry girls basketball coach Fagula earns 600th win


John Fagula, head coach for Londonderry, gives advice to his players at Nashua North during a Jan. 25th game. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

John Fagula reached another milestone Tuesday night, capturing his 600th career coaching victory in girls' basketball.

"I've been around for 31 years so I guess longevity has something to do with it, but honestly it doesn't feel like 31 years," said Fagula following Londonderry's 77-24 Division I win against Timberlane in Plaistow. Casey Evans scored 19 points to lead the way for the Lancers, 13-4 in Division I.

It's funny to note Fagula's first love was really baseball and he tried to break into the head coaching ranks in Nashua.

"I ended up being the assistant (baseball) coach under (the late) Charlie Mellen for 15 years and I was probably was the oldest serving assistant coach at the time," said Fagula. "When I realized Charlie wasn't going anywhere, I drifted over to girls' basketball and never looked back."

Fagula led Nashua to 11 NHIAA state championship seasons in 20 years and, after taking off four seasons, has spent the last 11 seasons in Londonderry.

In 1986 USA Today selected his 1986 team as the No. 1 girls' basketball high school team in the nation.

"That season we only attempted one three-point shot the whole season," said Fagula with a laugh. "Today that's not the case. Girls today are looking for that shot and that's OK, too."?Fagula said winning 600 games means a coach has to average close to 20 wins a season.

"My first team in Nashua was 4-16," he said. "I'm happy to say when I was at Nashua, we always looked to schedule games against national powers around the Christmas holiday or during weeks when we had some open dates. I truly believe to this day that playing solid teams benefitted our girls and allowed some of them to play at good schools on the college level.

"The 600 wins for the most part, I can say, were not against cupcake teams. That's something I'm proud about, that we earned them against good teams for the most part."

Fagula says he won't be on the sideline to attain his 700th win.

"That's would be about five or six more seasons and I don't anticipate I'll be around that much longer," he said. "I'll finish this season, look to come back next season and see what lies ahead after that. But I'm still enjoying it and I enjoy teaching the girls. They have all been wonderful."

Fagula joked that time has a way of telling you when to leave.

"It doesn't feel like 31 years, it really doesn't," sais Fagula. "But around Christmas time when I'm getting cards from people I coached in the 70's and 80's who already have kids in high school or beyond, that's when I start to realize I've been around for a long time."

Fagula also found time to coach varsity football at Nashua in 1989 after the late Ken Parady stepped down from his post.

"We won some games that year," laughed Fagula. "But it was a long year coaching football and girls' basketball back-to-back. I enjoyed it, but I would have never lasted 31 years doing both back-to-back."

Fagula started coaching the Nashua girls when he was 30 years old. "That's old to start a career in coaching, but thankfully I've been able to last 31 years and enjoy many great moments along the way."


 NH Sports Angle Ľ more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Improvements help, but traffic still a problem on race weekend in and around Loudon

Itís show time in Chicago for Dartmouthís Hendricks

State sells Windham golf course site for $3.06M

Ex-minor leaguers sue MLB over low salaries

$14M to beaten Giants fan returns security focus

Matt Bonner and brother bring rock show back to Redhook

GM: Twin State Speedway progressing with revival

Foot golf arrives on Seacoast

New Hampshire's Burns gets more than he could ever ask for

Pro runner's yoga class will raise money for clean Kenyan water

Menard wrecks as New Hampshire testing concludes

Lawyers try to bar Patriots from paying Hernandez $3.2M bonus

Pease Golf Course celebrates opening of lower nine holes

NFL rule could signal end of Justin Tuck signature facemask and that's a good thing according to UNH findings

NH man almost wins first $500k winner-takes-all open basketball tournament

Blue Jays move Dalton Pompey up to New Hampshire

Field set for 110th anniversary ĎClimb to the Clouds' car race

Contractors volunteer to complete renovations for 5th Annual Jericho ATV Festival

Dartmouth dismisses menís lacrosse coach

Jay Perrin looks to take his MMA career to the next level at Combat Zone 49

Dartmouth runner poised for long-term success on pro circuit

'Great Race' makes pit stop in Rochester

CHIP KELLY

Chip Kelly: Last practice not Fred Flintstone leaving work

Traffic jams expected with 30,000 fans at Epping dragway

Calgary Stampsí St. Pierre, complete with tattoos and plenty of brawn, not your typical NH wedding planner

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

   Ľ SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

   Ľ ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!