John "Bugsy" Flannery was a fierce competitor from West Acton. A field rat, a gym rat, whatever game he played, he'd find a way to beat you. If it was on a football field, he might be the tail back, split end or quarterback. If it was on the hardwood, there was no such thing as an uncontested layup. On the diamond, he was always in the middle of every play and ate more infield dust than any other player at the Charter Road Field. Johnny's competitive fire was formed playing in the "Bibster Games" in the Beaudoin family back yard stadium. He utilized his tremendous speed, tenacity and as Coach Rich MacLeod stated, "you won't find a more intense competitor around." His leadership abilities is evident by the fact that his peers elected him a three sports Captain his senior year.
John was a three time Baseball All Star roaming center field for the Colonials while batting from the left side for a career .380 average. He was a two time Football All Star as a running back and defensive back for Coach Leary. In basketball, Johnny was selected MVP and All Star his senior year as a defensive guard and offensive forward. The above stats are nice, but stats don't mean much to Bugsy, winning does. He carried his winning tradition onto Springfield College where his baseball career continued for four seasons. John is the President of John J. Flannery, Inc. as a builder/developer. He resides in Boxboro with his wife Vicky and his daughters Nicole and Cailin. In addition to coaching the AB Jr. Varsity Basketball Team from 1982-1985, he has brought his love of children to the Community Education leagues in basketball and softball.