A famous athlete himself, Mike Haggerty lettered in baseball, football, and track at both Lowell High School and Boston College. However, it was as a track coach at Lowell High School that Mike left on indelible mark on several generations of Lowell High School athletes.
Mike Haggerty served as Boy’s Track Coach at Lowell High from 1918 to 1963–an incredible 45 year span. During that time, he coached over 1000 athletes in over 700 meets.
His athletes included a virtual Who’s Who of Lowell High greats–Riddick, Murphy, Mazur, Woods, Bova, etc.–many of whom achieved national and world-wide stature in the sport at track.
Eminently more important than his won-lost record as coach were the attributes of fair play and hard work he instilled in those athletes through his tutelage.
Mike was inducted in the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1982. The following year the new track at Lowell’s Cawley Stadium was dedicated to his memory. These two honors were well-deserved by an individual who must be regarded as the “Father of Lowell High School Track.”
Graduation/Class Year: 1912
LHS Sports Played: Baseball, Football, Track and/or Cross Country
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College: Boston College
Other Halls of Fame: MA State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame, 1986
Other: Track at Lowell Stadium dedicated to his memory