George MacKay
George MacKay

George MacKay was one of the first building blocks in Boston State College's string of successful basketball teams. The forward's career culminated in one of the school's most successful seasons in 1966-67 as the Warriors' became one of the first teams from Boston State to enjoy the national spotlight with its first appearance in the NAIA National Tournament. MacKay netted 21 points to lead the Warriors and was later named an All-Conference forward by the New England State College Athletic Conference. He began that final season as Boston State's captain and finished it as its Most Valuable Player after averaging a career-high 14.1 points to go with 7.6 rebounds per game to rank second on the team in both categories. He finished his career as the school's second all-time leading scorer and rebounder with 971 points and 637 rebounds in 91 games. The 1967 graduate also helped the Warriors to a school-best 23-5 record as a junior for a two-year record of 41-15 in his final two seasons. MacKay's athletic prowess wasn't limited to the basketball court, but was also on display with the outdoor track and field squad. He finished fourth at the 1967 New England Track and Field Championships as a javelin thrower competing against all divisions. Following his athletic playing career, MacKay became an educator and administrator in the Brockton public school system for 38 years. He was the Supervisor of the Teacher Mentoring program, a collaboration with the State Department of Education, Stonehill College and the Brockton public schools. He also spent time coaching the Brockton High School Freshman basketball team for 17 years, including a stint from 1998-2004 that saw his teams compile a 95-3 record. MacKay's charges were not just basketball players, but baseball, soccer and volleyball players also came under his direction at the junior high school level. He currently teaches and coaches at Cardinal Spellman High School.