From The Union Leader & New Hampshire Sunday News – 12-Aug-00 – Sports13 McDonough www.theunionleader.com, 12 Aug 2000 (Story, Jan. 22, 2000).
Hubert B. McDonough Sr.
Hubert Boniface McDonough is unquestionably the most significant figure in the history of Manchester Central High in the 20th century. And significant enough to the rest of the state to be named one of the Union Leader’s New Hampshire Athlete of the Century honorable mentions.
A charter member of the Manchester Athletic Hall of Fame, McDonough began his athletic career as a small, but spunky quarterback on the Manchester High teams of the early teens, graduating in 1912. McDonough also was a standout on the high school track team. After a year at Phillips Exeter Academy, McDonough went on to Dartmouth College, and in a career that was interrupted by World War I, captained the Big Green and earned football All American mention. Among his gridiron opponents was the legendary Hobey Baker of Princeton, who also excelled at ice hockey and was the man for whom the award is named that is presented annually to the outstanding men’s college ice hockey player. Hubie also was a standout member of the college gym team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1917 and a Tuck School Master’s Degree in 1921.
Following his graduation from Dartmouth, McDonough came back to coach Central from 1921 to 1946, and among those teams were several that powered through undefeated seasons. During his early years as a coach at Central, he also oversaw the basketball and baseball teams. His basketball team in 1924 won the state championship and finished in third place in the national scholastic tournament in Chicago.
As a coach he was tough, but fair, according to his players, and he was never abusive in any way. He never used profanity towards his players, some of whom even secretly nicknamed him The Monk.
McDonough was very creative and he was considered to be ahead of his time when it came to football innovations. He introduced spring football in 1926 and his teams in that decade were among the first to use the T formation. Pulling guards and mousetrap plays were McDonough innnovations that caused the other coaches to play catchup.
On the basis of winning percentage, McDonough was one of the all-time greats in the Granite State. His teams were 173-57-20 for a winning percentage of 69 percent. His 1923, 24, 25, 27, and 28 teams were undefeated. His teams were New Hampshire champions 20 times. McDonough was honored upon his retirement from football coaching in 1946 by a packed house dinner at the New Hampshire State Armoy.
He died in 1987 at the age of 87.