Richard (Dick) Kwiatkowski
was a three-year starter on the soccer team, team MVP, Co-captain and
Middlesex League All Star his senior year. In the winter Dick turned his
attention to basketball culminating a three-year varsity career as team
MVP, Co-captain, Middlesex League Scoring Champion, Middlesex League All
Star, and Boston Herald American Basketball Honor Roll.
As a senior, Dick was
convinced by Coach Seabury to come out for baseball and was able to
contribute to the team’s success that year. On the soccer field, Dick
made headlines. He was MVP of the first Stoneham team to ever qualify
for the state tournament while posting the best record in the program’s
seven year history at 11-3-2. Dick, the team’s center half-back, was
named to the Middlesex League All Star Team.
As a returning starter his
senior year in basketball, he was described as “a 5’10”, good
ball-handling guard who can penetrate.” In a win over East Boston, The
Stoneham Independent read “Dick Kwiatkowski, playing little more than
half the game, scored 18 points as a fast-moving guard.”
The Stoneham Spartans
concluded their season 6-14 but not before Dick Kwiatkowski poured in
377 total points on the year and 345 points in Middlesex League
competition to win the Middlesex League scoring title, a 25 point edge
over his next closest rival. Accolades his senior season included being
named team Co-captain, team MVP, Middlesex League All Star, Middlesex
League Scoring Champion, and Boston Herald American Basketball Honor
Roll. He scored 28 points including five of the team’s nine in overtime,
while leading Stoneham to a 63-60 upset win over the number one unbeaten
team in eastern Massachusetts, Wakefield High School.
Dick went on to Bates
College where he earned four varsity letters in soccer, was named a
tri-captain, and received the Senior Soccer Award in addition to being
named to the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin All Star Team his junior and senior
years. He graduated from Bates, then went on to earn an MBA.
Dick currently resides in
the Washington D.C. area, where he continues his involvement in
athletics coaching youth sports teams on which his son, Andrew, and
daughter, Nicole, play.