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The Secret’s Out: Cosgriff Retires After 21 Years At Hopkins
Posted by John Millea (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 7/9/2020
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Had Covid-19 not derailed the girls state basketball tournament, Hopkins and Farmington would have met in the Class 4A state championship game at Williams Arena on March 14. The Hopkins Royals were 30-0 at that time and had won 62 games in a row, but the tournament was halted before the 4A title game.

Much earlier in the season – Dec. 6 to be precise – Hopkins played at Farmington in the Royals' sixth game of 2019-20. There was a big crowd on hand in the spacious Farmington gym, with Connecticut-bound Hopkins senior Paige Bueckers the main draw. Hopkins won 77-52, one of only two losses for the Farmington Tigers during the regular season.

While the junior varsity game was being played, I stood with Hopkins coach Brian Cosgriff in a corridor leading to the locker rooms. As we chatted, he said out of the blue: "This is my last season." I wasn’t exactly sure what he had said. “I’m retiring after the season,” he reiterated. He wasn’t making this announcement public and trusted me to keep that knowledge to myself. And of course, whether it’s a decades-long coach or a rookie coach, I would never break a promise. This was Brian’s news to share when he felt the time was right.

That time arrived today when Cosgriff’s retirement from coaching became official. He also has retired as a physical education teacher at Alice Smith Elementary School in Hopkins, a position he has held for 30 years and where the kids knew him as Mr. C.

Cosgriff was an assistant coach with the Hopkins boys basketball program for nine years before becoming the girls head coach in 1999. He retires with an astounding record of 569-67. His teams have been to 14 state tournaments, have played in 12 state championship games and won seven championships.

The numbers are one story and the person is another story. Brian always did what was best for his team and his players, he always respected the game, and he was always grateful for the opportunities he had. He also was grateful to the media for covering his team. I have lost count of how many Hopkins games and practices I have attended over the decades, but I do remember hearing Brian say “Hey, thanks for being here” on every occasion.

He’s a class act.

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