Jan 31, 2011
W. Bridgewater (Mass.) Girls Coach Barrett Wins No. 500

Longtime West Bridgewater girls’ basketball coach Steve Barrett earned his 500th career win on Friday night as his Wildcats qualified for the Division 4 South tournament with a 50-31 road win over Upper Cape Tech of Bourne.

West Bridgewater (10-1) has not missed the playoffs since Barrett was hired as coach in 1981. Barrett credited reaching the milestone with his players’ consistent work ethic over the last 30 years.

“For such a small school we have good, hard-working kids, said Barrett, a 62-year-old Falmouth resident who doubles as the school’s athletic director.

It’s been a very rewarding experience. I’ve been fortunate to have so many hard-working girls over the years.”

Barrett became West Bridgewater’s coach seemingly by fate.
“My first year in ‘80 I was the boys’ coach and then when I became AD in ’81, I thought I may not have time to keep coaching, Barrett said.

We didn’t have a girls’ coach that year so I stepped in and I’ve been doing it since. I still love doing it.”

He says West Bridgewater has a strong tradition of producing college basketball players. Those “strong female role- models” have frequently come back to help as assistant coaches. Others have found success in a wide-range of endeavors.

“The best part is seeing kids after they graduate, Barrett said. We’ve had so many girls that have become successful attorneys, mothers, housewives and doctors.”

W. Bridgewater (Mass.) Girls Coach Barrett Wins No. 500

Boston.com

Longtime West Bridgewater girls’ basketball coach Steve Barrett earned his 500th career win on Friday night as his Wildcats qualified for the Division 4 South tournament with a 50-31 road win over Upper Cape Tech of Bourne.

West Bridgewater (10-1) has not missed the playoffs since Barrett was hired as coach in 1981. Barrett credited reaching the milestone with his players’ consistent work ethic over the last 30 years.

“For such a small school we have good, hard-working kids, said Barrett, a 62-year-old Falmouth resident who doubles as the school’s athletic director.

It’s been a very rewarding experience. I’ve been fortunate to have so many hard-working girls over the years.”

Barrett became West Bridgewater’s coach seemingly by fate. “My first year in ‘80 I was the boys’ coach and then when I became AD in ’81, I thought I may not have time to keep coaching, Barrett said.

We didn’t have a girls’ coach that year so I stepped in and I’ve been doing it since. I still love doing it.”

He says West Bridgewater has a strong tradition of producing college basketball players. Those “strong female role- models” have frequently come back to help as assistant coaches. Others have found success in a wide-range of endeavors.

“The best part is seeing kids after they graduate, Barrett said. We’ve had so many girls that have become successful attorneys, mothers, housewives and doctors.”






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