Londonderry Coach Fagula, Simpson go out in style
Londonderry coach John Fagula hugs Brittany Roche after defeating Bedford in the Div. I NHIAA Girls Basketball Championship game vs. Bedford at Southern New Hampshire University Sunday. Londonderry won 57-56. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Before the game, Fagula said he chatted with Simpson, who will be playing for the University of New Hampshire this fall.
Awards are nice, but Simpson said she had only one thought in mind when the game started. "Just win this one for coach," she said. "He's a great coach, but a better person who made a difference in my life."
"You have to play through it," she said. "Today I didn't real feel too bad because the adrenalin was flowing from me the entire game. I couldn't ask for a better way to leave Londonderry — as a state champion. My teammates were all great and we worked hard for this."
"My very first championship in 1982 was special. I took over a Nashua team that won just one game in each of the previous three years and we won that title in my second season there as coach," said Fagula.