Buster Sheary

Lester "Buster" Sheary was a college men's basketball coach. He was the head coach of Holy Cross from 1948 to 1955. He coached Holy Cross to a 155-36 record, winning the 1954 National Invitation Tournament and made two NCAA tournament appearances. He coached three All-American players: Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, and Togo Palazzi.[1][2]

Buster Sheary
Biographical details
DiedNovember 2001 (aged 92–93)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Alma materCatholic
Worcester State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1948-1955Holy Cross
Head coaching record
Overall155–36 (.812)
TournamentsNCAA: 2-3 (.400)
NIT: 4-2 (.667)
Accomplishments and honors
1954 NIT Champion

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Holy Cross Crusaders (Independent) (1948–1955)
1948–49 Holy Cross 19-8
1949–50 Holy Cross 27-4 NCAA Elite Eight
1950–51 Holy Cross 20-5
1951–52 Holy Cross 24-4 NIT Quarterfinals
1952–53 Holy Cross 20-6 NCAA Elite Eight
1953–54 Holy Cross 26-2 NIT Champions
1954–55 Holy Cross 19-7 NIT Quarterfinals
Holy Cross: 155–36 (.812)
Total: 155–36 (.812)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "College of the Holy Cross | Holy Cross Magazine". Holycross.edu. 2001-11-30. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  2. ^ "Lester "Buster" Sheary". College Hoopedia. Retrieved 2013-07-30.