Buster Sheary

Buster Sheary (1908-2001)

Teams coached: Holy Cross Crusaders
Holy Cross record: 155-36 (.812)
Overall record^: 155-36 (.812)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1950, 1953)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1953)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  1  (1954)
  • NIT Appearances:  3  (1952, 1954, 1955)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1948-1955 Holy Cross
1946-1948 Holy Cross (asst)

Buster Sheary Facts

  • Lester John Sheary
  • Born August 29, 1908
  • Died November 30, 2001
  • Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Alma Mater: Catholic University of America (BA, 1933)
  • Graduated from St. Peter’s HS (MA) and then played football, basketball and baseball at Catholic University in Washington, DC
    • Primarily known as a football star, he also excelled on the hardwood and was inducted into the CUA Athletics HOF in 1978
  • Returned to his hometown after graduation to coach football and basketball at St. John’s HS and alma mater St. Peter’s
    • Served in the United States Navy during World War II
  • Arrived at Holy Cross in 1946 as an assistant (under Doggie Julian) then took over as head coach in 1948
    • Led the Crusaders for seven seasons, going 155-36 overall and reaching the postseason five times
    • Went to three NITs, winning it all in 1954, and two NCAA Tournaments (when only 8 and later 22 teams were invited)
    • Coached three different All-Americans during his short tenure, including future Hall of Fame Celtics player Bob Cousy
    • Had the program ranked as high as #1 (in 1950) and twice finished the season in the Top 5 (#4 in 1950 and #3 in 1954)
  • Stepped away from coaching in 1955 but retained his role as assistant director of athletics with Worcester Public Schools; he held that position for a total of 41 years, including his time coaching at Holy Cross
  • Inducted into the Holy Cross Varsity Club HOF (1975) and Boys and Girls Club of Worcester Alumni HOF (2001)
  • Passed away in Worcester in 2001 at the age of 93; survived by two daughters, five grandchildren and one great-grandson

Buster Sheary Coaching Tree

  • Bob Cousy (KC/Omaha Kings, Cincinnati Royals, Boston College)
  • Tom Heinsohn (Boston Celtics)
  • George Kaftan (LIU Post)
  • Joe Mullaney (Providence, Brown, Norwich, NBA/ABA)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only