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Former Celtic Draft Pick Gives Assist as the New Wyvern Women's Basketball Coach

July, 2019
  • New Women's Basketball Coach Andy Kupec
    New Women's Basketball Coach Andy Kupec

QCC’s High School to College Linkages Specialist Andrew "Andy" Kupec has been helping to advance the college’s presence in the early college arena since he began his position at the college earlier this year. This fall, the Wyverns women’s basketball team may just have a little leprechaun magic in them this season thanks to Mr. Kupec, the college’s new women’s basketball head coach.

In 1983, Mr. Kupec was poised to begin an NBA career as a point guard for the Boston Celtics. Drafted in the  NBA draft in the10th round, the Bentley University graduate had been a standout on the Bentley team, starting all four years and captaining his senior year, before being chosen by the Celtics. He spent the summer of 83’ at Red Auerbach’s basketball camp in Marshfield, MA being coached by K.C. Jones. He practiced and scrimmaged at the Celtics camp against NBA legends that included M.L. Carr, Gerald Henderson and Dennis Johnson. While he would end up getting cut before ever playing in an NBA game, he said the experience was a truly memorable.

“I was very proud of how I performed at camp. It was intense but fun and I felt I belonged that week. Every basketball player has a dream of playing in the NBA,” Mr. Kupec said.

Although the NBA was not meant to be, he continued to remain close to the game, coaching briefly for the high school where he ended up being the director of guidance for over 25 years. He also coached his son and daughter’s teams when they were younger.

“I love the game and know it pretty well. I’ve been doing it all my life,” he said, noting that back when he was in high school on Long Island he played on the all-county team against the Russian team (and beat them!).

Mr. Kupec grew up in a sports-minded family. His oldest brother played basketball and baseball at Adelphi University and two other older brothers were starting quarterbacks at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in the 1970s. Both brothers set records at UNC and one ended up being a draft choice for the Buffalo Bills, while the other signed as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks. His younger brother was a quarterback at Long Island University (LIU) CW Post and is a LIU Post Football Hall of Fame member. He also has two sisters, one of which played tennis in college, and his son was the starting quarterback for Assumption College his junior and senior year.

“He was part of the team that had the biggest upset in Assumption history when they beat Fordham University,” said the proud father.

While the Wyverns season isn’t underway just yet, Mr. Kupec is already gearing up for an exciting season and looks forward to putting his sports acumen to good use.

“I’ve already started talking to some of the players,” he added.

Anyone looking to join the team or to learn more can shoot him an email at akupec [at] qcc.mass.edu or call him at 508.854.7418.

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