Pete Shuler was the girls’ basketball coach at Westbrook High School in Westbrook, CT for 15 years. He guided his teams to an incredible 317-95 record and an outstanding 77% winning percentage. Coach Shuler credits long time friend Louise Albrecht with getting him involved in the sport that became such an integral part of his life. She helped train him as an official before he was bitten by the coaching bug. During his time at Westbrook, Shuler’s teams set many school and state records. Westbrook won 62 consecutive games, garnered 27 straight state tournament wins, and six consecutive championships.
Shuler’s White Knights won eight Shoreline Conference championships and never failed to qualify for post-season tournament play. Westbrook advanced to the Connecticut Class S state title game a remarkable nine times and won it eight times. Nineteen of Shuler’s players went on to successful collegiate careers, quite an accomplishment considering he was the head coach at what was the smallest high school in the state at the time.
Coach Shuler has been the recipient of many awards throughout his coaching career --includ-ing the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year award in 1983. He has also been a two- time nominee for the National High School Coaches Association Girls Basketball National Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Shuler served on the CIAC Basketball Committee for five years-- chairing that committee in 1991. He was largely responsible for the establishment of the Girls’ All-Star game and instrumental in getting the game approved by the CIAC.