As time expired, the Bishop Stang boys’ basketball team quickly realized what they had accomplished in becoming state champions with their impressive 80-64 victory over Oxford at the MassMutual Center. What you may not know is that two DOC staffers coached the team and mentored the young men both on and off the court.
Recreation Officer Colbey Santos and Correction Officer Gary Pope were both standout athletes in their own right. They teamed up this past year to coach the Bishop Stang boys’ basketball team and their immediate success was impressive. Colbey works at MCI Cedar Junction and is in the early stages of his career, while Gary currently works at the Central Transportation Unit and has had a long and successful career. They are both very respected members of “Team DOC.”
Head coach Colbey Santos, “this year was very exciting to be able to do something that has never been done at Stang and that’s winning a state title. Academically we are one of the toughest schools in Massachusetts and that’s why I wanted to coach here. All year long we would hear, in the next few years Bishop Stang will be good, they’re just young. Our coaching staff was able to take a group of freshman and sophomores and bring home a trophy! I’m very proud of this group. Academically, emotionally and physically, these boys persevered.”
To be a second year coach and lead a team to a state championship is quite an impressive feat. Kudos to Colbey and Gary. Thank you for representing the Massachusetts Department of Correction in your community. You make us all very proud.