Nearly every one of Austin Prep’s 6,000 alumni have benefited from the teaching, coaching and wisdom of Mr. Tom Enright. In his 47 years at the school, he taught mathematics, moderated countless clubs and activities, and coached young men and women on the basketball court. When not teaching or moderating or coaching, Mr. Enright was on the sidelines cheering on student-athletes, and in the audience applauding actors, artists and dancers.
His Austin Prep Journey began while he was still a senior at Salem State College. He fulfilled his practice teaching requirement at the school and was offered a permanent position the following year.
He was the varsity boys basketball head coach from 1968-1978, shepherding those young players through the early athletic years of a relatively new high school. Without a gym, teams practiced anywhere they could. They practiced on tennis courts in the cold, at small elementary schools, on Saturdays at the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, at 6:30 am at JFK Middle School in Woburn – 24 different locations. Mr. Enright’s players said he never let them use this as an excuse. In addition to skills, his athletes learned to be loyal to their team, respect their opponents, and be good representatives of Austin Prep. Six young men were named League All-Stars under his tutelage, and the boys basketball school records for Most Free Throws in a Season, Most Free Throws in a Career, and Most Rebounds – which still stand today – happened while he was head coach.
Mr. Enright was also one of the first varsity girls basketball head coaches, serving from 1995-2005. His new players benefited from the same guidance and wisdom given to their fellow alumni 20-plus years before. In his girls basketball coaching career, Mr. Enright had 102 League wins, and four League Championships, never finishing lower than second in the league. Under his coaching, 33 young women were named League All-Stars, and three were named League MVP. All of the girls basketball school records were set while he was head coach, and still remain today: Most Points in a Game, Most Points in a Season, Most Points in a Career, Most Rebounds in a Game, Most Rebounds in a Season, Most Rebounds in a Career, and Most Assists in a Game.