Coach Papas was a three sport letterman in high school. He played for the only undefeated Watertown High School football team in team history during the 1977 season. He was a two time Boston Globe Division I player of the week and Boston Herald Player of week. He was a member of last undefeated Tufts University football team during the 1979 season. Coach Papas also led the team in solo tackles that same year. He received honorable mention All-East player and was a three year starter.
Coaching spans almost 40 years including both high school basketball and football and AAU Basketball. Coach Papas has coached all age groups (third grade to 11th grade) to Massachusetts AAU state titles. He has also coached numerous teams to placement in the AAU National Championships in Orlando.
In 2010, he was inducted into the NEAAU Hall of Fame. He has helped hundreds of players reach the collegiate level in college in both basketball, football and other sports. He is currently the director of NEAAU boys basketball.