At last night's annual Fitzy-Nolan Games in Quincy, the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) honored former UConn coach Dee Rowe with a Lifetime Achievement award.
The Worcester native, and long-time special advisor to UConn athletics, turned his alma mater Worcester Academy into a premier New England Prep School powerhouse before coaching the Huskies from 1969-77. Rowe was also named an assistant coach for the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, which was unable to participate due to the U.S.'s boycott of the games.
Courtesy of Dan Viscariello, here is the official press release:
Boston Amateur Basketball Club, in conjunction with Fitzy-Nolan Games chairman Rico Cabral, are proud to announce the First Annual BABC/Fitzy-Nolan Games “Friend of the Game” Lifetime Achievement Award. The inaugural recipient of this award is Coach Donald “Dee” Rowe; former basketball coach at Worcester Academy, The University of Connecticut, and the 1980 United States Olympic Team.
Fitzy-Nolan games Chairman Rico Cabral and BABC Executive Director Britney Papile issued the following statement: “Coach Rowe has mentored countless individuals and guided all by example throughout his career; all while making the needs of others his main priority. On behalf of the Fitzy-Nolan Games and Boston Amateur Basketball Club, we are proud to name Coach Rowe the inaugural recipient of this award.”