|Year of Graduation:||1981|
Kevin D. Cherry started all four years at point guard for Clark’s basketball team and served as a team tri-captain his junior and senior years. He directed a potent offense that led Clark to a four-year 82-22 record (.788 winning percentage), four consecutive post-season NCAA bids (including the first ever for the men’s basketball program), and two New England Regional Championships. As a rookie, he was a prolific scorer averaging 15 points per game along with four assists and four steals. At the beginning of his sophomore season, Coach Wally Halas changed Cherry’s role, asking him to score less and increase his play-making. Cherry responded by nearly doubling his assist per game average while still contributing 10 points per game. In his final two seasons he led New England in assists and topped the region in steals in his senior year.
Cherry garnered numerous honors throughout his career, culminating in his senior year with selections to the ECAC Division III All-Star Team, the New England Basketball Coaches Association (NEBCA) First Team, and the United Press International (UPI) All-New England Division III First Team. He was also the NCAA Regional Most Valuable Player and a finalist for the Cousy Award, which honors New England’s best basketball player under six feet. In his four seasons, Cherry scored 1,113 points and dished out 630 assists. He was presented for induction by Kevin Clark ’81, a former teammate and Hall of Fame member.
Following graduation, Cherry stayed on as Clark's assistant basketball coach for the 1981- 82 season. Recently he has worked as the budget director for the Boston Public Schools and is currently working for the FleetBoston Financial as as financial manager in the Corporate Facilities Group. Among his various community activities, Cherry is the president of the Board of Directors at the South End Community Health Center and also serves as treasurer for the Fenway High School Board of Directors. His daughter Sheriece entered George Washington University in the fall of 2000.
Kevin Clark '81 (Hall of Fame Member, 1995)