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Beauvais enters BCANY Hall of Fame

Retired Westport teacher and coach Tom Beauvais, who was inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of New York’s Hall of Fame, is one of six to be inducted as the first members of the schools' Wall of Distinction.

Retired Westport teacher and coach Tom Beauvais, who was inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of New York’s Hall of Fame, is one of six to be inducted as the first members of the schools' Wall of Distinction. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The man credited with putting Section VII girls basketball on the map was enshrined in the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Hall of Fame.

Tom Beauvais, who turned the Westport girls varsity program into a perennial power, was inducted along with seven other coaches March 18 in Glens Falls along with a two basketball officials.

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Tom Beauvais speaks at his induction into the BCANY Hall of Fame March 18.

“What a great honor,” Beauvais said as he took to the podium. “I am thrilled to receive this.”

The man known simply as “Coach” said that there were many to thank.

“I think it is important to thank my family for their never-ending support as the sports seasons overlapped and the year turned into one sporting event,” he said. “The parents for the dedication they gave to their children and the program, the players who worked extremely hard to fill their potential and all the assistant coaches who were committed to give the student athletes a positive experience.”

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Beauvais added that his greatest moments as a coach have come after the careers of his players are over.

“As coaches and athletes, most of us have played for a coach that has shown us the foundations to build upon for success,” he said. “The biggest thing I take away is the success that our players have carried forward into their lives and the pride that I have in seeing so many of them coaching basketball.”

Beauvais received his Hall of Fame plaque from BCANY Executive Director Dave Archer and Assistant Executive Director Ben Nelson, who had coached with Beauvais.

“We had a great run and a lot of run doing it,” Nelson said. “Tom was a great guy to work with. We had so much fun over those years. It just was a great time.”

Nelson also said that the players that were part of Westport’s success should also take joy out of this achievement.

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