Lester "Buster" Sheary compiled an
outstanding .811 winning percentage in his seven years. as head
coach of the Holy Cross men's basketball team. Sheary gained
All-South fullback honors at Catholic University, where he also
played basketball. A native of Worcester, he returned to his
hometown and coached in the high school ranks for 10 years, leading
St. Peter’s to the 1936 New England Championship. Sheary
became associated with the college during World War II, serving as
a specialist in the Naval ROTC. His coaching career started with
scouting duties for the football and basketball squads, and he was
unanimously elected coach by the 1947-1948 basketball team after
serving as an assistant coach in both 1946-47 and '47-'48.
He became head coach at the start of the 1948-49 season, and compiled a 155-36 record in seven seasons, and went to two NCAA tournaments and two NITs. His 1949-50 squad had a 26-game winning streak. In 1953-1954, he led the Crusaders to a 26-2 mark and the NIT Championship. A year later Sheary left the college, but retained his duties as assistant director of athletics for the Worcester Public Schools. He passed away in 2001.