Athlete Bio

Field Hockey
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Nancy C. Duggan

Class of 1957

A three-sport standout who was voted the most athletic member of the CHS class of 1957, Nancy Duggan went on to a distinguished career as a high School teacher and coach. On the South Coast Of Massachusetts.

Nancy grew up in the shadow of Emerson Field on Everett Street, and attended the Peter Bulkeley school. Brothers Art '55 and Paul "60 were both standout athletes of that era.

Duggan arrived at the old Emerson Building on Stow Street in the fall of 1953, a time of infancy for girls sports in the state of Massachusetts, with little organized league and state tournament play. The dominant figure of that era for girls was Mim Clark, the long-time teacher/coach who was a charter member of the CHS Hall of Fame following her 40 years of service to Patriot athletics.

"I'll never forget the voice of Mim during practice on cold afternoons, she would have the team run wind sprints up and down the field, yelling "run-run-run-STOP!" said Duggan. "She didn't need any electronic enhancement to be heard loud and clear, and though my lungs were filled with pain from the exertion, I never once thought about stopping in the face of letting her down." Duggan played both field hockey and basketball for Clark, earning three letters at left halfback in field hockey. On the hardwood, Duggan was a three-year starting forward, captaining the team her senior year and scored a school-record 25 points in a game as a junior. Also an outstanding student, Duggan was a fixture on the Honor Roll and was a member of the National Honor Society and also found time to sing in the chorus and work on the school yearbook.

Spring found Duggan on the softball field, where she was a three-year P/3B for coach Nancy Gutfreund, leading the team as a strong hitter, sure-handed fielder and swift baserunner.

Following graduation, Nancy attended UMass-Amherst where she played field hockey for one year before focusing on her undergraduate degree, earning a B.A. in English in 1961. Duggan would later earn her Master's in English and an M. Ed. In Guidance and Counseling from Boston College.

Like her mentor Mim Clark, Duggan dedicated herself to teaching and coaching, and was 39-year member of the English faculty at Old Rochester HS in Mattapoisett. During her tenure, Duggan coached the Bulldog girls' tennis team to a remarkable 94-6 record in ten years, including numerous league titles. Duggan also coached field hockey for several years, participated in numerous student-faculty basketball games and played softball in two adult leagues over the years.

Retired since 2001, Duggan continues to live in Rochester, MA. Her current sport of choice is golf, and she also finds time to cross-country ski during the winter.