Coach Chris DuBose had over 400 wins in his 32 years as head coach of the D-S boys varsity basketball team. He led the Raiders to a state title in 1981 and four MIAA South Sectional titles.
On Sunday, his years of dedication to D-S will be rewarded once again by being inducted into the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.
DuBuse started coaching at Dover-Sherborn in 1975 where he also taught English. He retired in 2007 with a total of 402 wins.
“It’s a few years since I’ve retired so it kind of brought me back to my coaching days. It was a nice reminder of those coaching days,” DuBose said of the news of being inducted.
Of all those days coaching DuBose said one of his most gratifying moments will come Sunday night.
“I’m going to have seven or eight players there all that I’ve maintained contact with and their families. So really one of my proudest moments will be seeing those guys grown up and being leaders in their world,” DuBose said.
He said that seeing his former players become successful off the court is one of his proudest achievements. “I think sports and basketball contributed to their career success,” he said.
During his tenure at D-S, Coach DuBose was part of many traditions.
One tradition that he started was the creation of a mural in the locker room where the senior players from the previous ten years are featured on the wall along with their accomplishments as players. “It was something that was growing all the time and the kids that were on the present team were becoming part of a bigger thing than just that one year,” said DuBose.
“It didn’t matter if the kid had scored no points or 500 points. He was a guy that had been in the program for four years and did all he could to be a successful team – and sometimes we were and sometimes we weren’t,” he said.
DuBose said that being inducted into the hall of fame will serve as a reminder of the great times he had sitting on the bench during games.
“I think one of the best feelings is rising from the chair at the end of the game and looking at the ecstasy on the court, looking at the excitement and the exuberance of a team winning a tight game, winning a game at the end,” he said. “Where you come from the brink of defeat to victory and the kids are just jumping all over each other.”
While he is retired from coaching, DuBose can still be seen in the stands cheering on D-S or at Harvard, his alma mater, where he played on the basketball team from 1969-'70. “I still go to a lot of games,” he said.
DuBose credited the honor of being a hall of famer to his family who were very supportive of his passion for coaching throughout the years.
“I join a revered list,” DuBose said.