Dr. Ann “Kiki” Papagiotas

Basketball Coach


For twelve years, 1973-1984, Dr. Ann “Kiki” Papagiotas served as head girls’ basketball coach at Ipswich High School where her teams amassed an amazing 209 and 37 record. Her 85% winning percentage has yet to be surpassed by any coach at Ipswich High School. During her tenure Kiki’s teams won a combined ten Cape Ann League Championships. Her teams also won a combined six MIAA Division II/III North Championships. During the 1979-1980 season, her team captured the MIAA State Championship in Division III.

Many awards and recognitions have been presented to Kiki during her tenure as girls’ basketball coach: Boston Globe Coach of the Year (1980 & 1984); Salem Evening News Coach of the Year (1977, 1980 & 1984); MBCA Coach of the Year; MBCA 200 Victories Award; Agganis All-Star Coach; Cape Ann League Coach of the Year; and Bay State Games gold and silver medal coach. Kiki was also inducted into the New Agenda: Northeast Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997.

Dr. Papagiotas also has three publications to her credit: Pride is the Key to Success and Breaking the Press Without Guards were published by Prentice Hall Coaches Clinic. Her article Where Have All The Coaches (Women) Gone, appeared in the Journal of Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

From 1985-1987, Kiki served as the Assistant Coach of women’s basketball at Bentley University where she served as the head recruiter for the Falcon’s NCAA Division II program. After leaving Bentley University, Dr. Papagiotas embarked on a successful public school administrative career, retiring in June of 2006. She is currently an educational consultant.