A rare legitimate three-sport standout in an era of increasing athletic specialization, Dan Graham won significant honors in a trio of sports during his career at Lowell High School.
On the gridiron Dan was a fierce competitor at linebacker, compiling an amazing total of over 100 tackles during his senior year. Dan was named as a Merrimack Valley All-Conference selection. He also was selected to compete in the Carol Classic in 1994, and was a member of Team Massachusetts that competed in the America Bowl in Galway, Ireland, in 1994.
As a member of Hall of Fame Coach George Bossi’s wrestling juggernauts, Dan twice took 2nd place in the Division I North Sectional Tournament and placed 2nd in the prestigious Lowell Holiday Tournament. He was also a member of a Raiders MVC Championship team and won Lowell Sun and MVC All-Star honors.
Dan emerged as one of the finest catchers during the long career of LHS Baseball Coach George Cunha. During his senior campaign (1994) Dan, the team Captain and Coach’s Award winner, won MVC and Massachusetts All-Star honors. Dan batted an impressive .383 and led the Red and Gray in runs scored (19), double (9), and walks (19), as Lowell recorded a record of 15–6 en route to the Massachusetts Division I Tournament. Dan finished his career at LHS with a .321 batting average.
Dan continued to display his athletic versatility at Central Connecticut University, playing both football and baseball at CCU, a rarity in NCAA Division I. Dan was the long snapper for the Blue Devils football squad, but it was as a member of Central Connecticut’s baseball squad that Dan made an impact that will not soon be forgotten in New Brittain.
A two-year Captain, Dan was a three-time All-Mid-Continent Conference selection, a two-time All-New England selection, a two-time All-Northeast regional selection, and a 1998 Honorable Mention All-American.
In 1998, Dan compiled what might be the most incredible season in Central Connecticut history. In 45 games, Dan led the team with a batting average of .409 (65–159) with 48 runs, 3 triples, 11 home runs, and 7 stolen bases. Dan also set CCU single-season records for hits in a season (65), RBI (56), and doubles (20). Dan also ranked 2nd all-time on the CCU lists for runs scored in a season (48), slugging percentage (.780), and home runs (11).
After graduation from Central Connecticut, Dan enjoyed a successful professional baseball career, performing for several independent teams in the Frontier League. Dan won numerous honors, including the Triple Crown for the Brockton Sox in 2003. Dan compiled a career .305 batting average during his pro career.
2006-LOWELL-Lowell High Hall of Fame athlete Dan Graham joined a pretty exclusive baseball fraternity yesterday. The 30-year-old former LHS football, wrestling and baseball standout has been named just the fourth head varsity baseball coach in the past 61 years at the Kirk Street school. Stan Stoklosa (1945-68) … Mike Skaff (1969-75) … George Cunha (1976-2006) … and now Graham. He succeeds the man he played for at LHS, Cunha, whose contract expired last spring and was not renewed. “It was a very tough choice,” said Lowell athletic director Brian Martin last night. “We had a great pool of candidates.”
Dan (Graham) is a Lowell product, born and raised, and was a star in three sports,” said Martin. “He knows the school, the city and the system.”Graham was a linebacker in football, a 171-pounder on the grappling mat, MVC All-Conference in football and baseball and a Sun All-Star in all three sports.
He has headed up and assisted numerous baseball clinics throughout the area year-round, and spent the past four springs as JV baseball coach at Lexington High.He is a full-time physical education teacher at Lowell High and a football assistant with the Red Raiders. “I’m absolutely ecstatic and I’m honored,” said Graham last night. “I was born in the city, I played ball here, I know the history of the program, the storied tradition and the prestige of being head coach.There were a lot of good candidates and I’m thankful everything worked out for me. This fulfills a dream,” said Graham. “My goal has always been to be a teacher and coach — and now I’m with a program whose talent is as good as any in the state. I think the combination of my playing background, my experience and where I’ve been with the sport makes it very possible for me to give a lot back to the Lowell program.” Graham said his philosophy includes “play hard, be on time and be accountable. Sportsmanship and citizenship are important.”
Graduation/Class Year: 1994
LHS Sports Played: Baseball, Football, Wrestling
LHS Sports Coached: Baseball
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LHS Sport Captain: yes
College: Central Connecticut U
Professional/International/Olympic Sports: Professional Baseball for Frontier League, including the Brockton Sox
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