Old Rochester basketball coach named best in division

Dec 5, 2023

MATTAPOISETT — Old Rochester Regional High School boys varsity basketball coach Steve Carvalho was recognized as the Division 3 Coach of the Year by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association, announced the Old Rochester Regional School District in a press release.

Carvalho started coaching at Old Rochester Regional High School in 1995 as the assistant freshman coach and coached 11 sub-varsity seasons for the Bulldogs — three freshman seasons and eight junior varsity seasons. He was hired as varsity head coach for the 2005-2006 winter season and is entering his 19th season in the role.

"Coach Carvalho is as accomplished as a basketball coach as anyone could hope to have on their sideline," said Old Rochester Athletic Director Christopher Carrig. "He is dedicated entirely to the development of his student-athletes as both players and members of the community. His intensity and work ethic are second to none and create a mindset that his teams embrace, which is the key to success for our Bulldogs on and off the court."

In his time as head coach Carvalho has an overall record of 216-169. He joined the 200-win group in the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Victory Club in January.

The Bulldogs have qualified for postseason play in 13 of Carvalho's 18 years. Old Rochester has won the South Coast Conference title six times under Carvalho and — in the previous tournament format — was a South Sectional semifinalist three times, winning the South Section in 2015. That season the team went on to win the state championship 61-47 over Hoosac Valley High School.

Since the adoption of the current statewide tournament format three years ago, Carvalho and the boys basketball team have made it to the Division 3 Elite 8 in 2022 and the Final 4 in 2023.

"Coach Carvalho is one of the most well-respected coaches in the state and is very deserving of this honor," said Old Rochester Regional High School Principal Mike Devoll. "The success of last year's team represents another example of his commitment to excellence. We are very fortunate to have him leading our basketball program."