Ed O'Donoghue
Ed O'Donoghue

Ed O'Donoghue was the greatest field athlete in Boston State College track and field history. His 1967 season was nothing short of spectacular, winning the NCAA Division II National Championship in the hammer throw, while becoming the first track All-American in school history. Not only was he the first Warrior to win an NCAA field championship with his throw in Salt Lake City, Utah that year, but he helped Boston State to its second consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference crown, while winning the NESCAC championship in the hammer. The 1968 graduate never lost to a NESCAC competitor in the hammer throw during his entire career and competed in such prestigious meets as the Boston College Relays and the Penn Relays. O'Donoghue is the school's record holder with a throw of 164'8" in the hammer and a mark of 48'4" in the 35lb. weight toss. Following his graduation from BSC, he became the varsity track & field coach at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School from 1972-99 as well as the football team's defensive coordinator from 1972-89, while earning his masters degree from Boston State. He also lent his knowledge to NCAA Division I hammer champion Boris Djerassi of Northeastern University in his quest for a spot on the United State Olympic squad at the 1980 trials. A competitive weight lifter and power lifter, he finished second in the Massachusetts Bench Press Championship in 1984 and third in the Massachusetts Powerlifting Championship in 1980. He retired as Superintendant of the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District after 31 years and also earned a masters degree from Boston College. He is currently an educational consultant/guest lecturer at Bridgewater State College, where he received the Distinguished Service Award in 1999.