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 and his wife Dottie have been mar- ried for 59 years.
“She’s the type of person, she’s out of the house all the time. Goes to my daughter’s house in the morning, goes to my son’s house in the after- noon. Gets the kids off the bus. She keeps moving. Both of us home at the same time would not be good.”
He laughed again.
Dave Shea once told The Cou- rant that his teachers at Bacon Acad- emy used to tell him if he didn’t bear down a little harder, he probably wouldn’t go very far. “I didn’t think I’d still be banging around here nearly 60 years later,” he said then.
That was 2011. Shea, a 1952 Bacon graduate, is still banging around. He coached the boys bas- ketball team 23 seasons and the girls for 25, picking up the job in 1993,
thinking he’d be able to leave after a year and his assistant would take over. She coached for a year, then had a baby, and Shea came back in 1995 and he’s been coaching ever since.
In 2011, he became the first coach in the state to win 300 games with both boys and girls teams. He has won a combined 778 games with the boys and girls, against 308 losses.
In 2009, Shea’s granddaughter Katie Mahoney scored 22 points, in- cluding 11 in the final six minutes, to help beat Berlin 55-53 in the Class M final for Shea’s first girls title. He had won his first championship 28 years ago with the boys team when John played for him.
Bacon Academy coach Dave Shea has suffered a health setback,
but the 84-year-old is committed to coaching.
Mahoney was the Gatorade Player of the Year and went to play at Brown but Dave was still there and won another title with the Bobcats, this time in Class L, in 2012. His team was the runner-up in Class L in 2013, losing to Farmington 49-44, and was the runner-up once again in Class M, losing 41-38 to New Fair- field in 2017.
Last year, his team won 16 regu- lar-season games and lost in the first round of the Class M tournament to Capital Prep, 40-35. They lost three seniors but another Shea grand- daughter, Caitlin, is a junior forward on the team and Dave was looking forward to the season. John had stopped coaching the boys team and come over to be the girls assistant

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