Maine Sports Legends Past Hall of Honors

Hall of Honors display at Alfond Boys and Girls Club, Waterville

Harold Alfond
Sports enthusiast and philanthropist, Alfond’s contributions to athletics and education in Maine have been monumental. He was the first person inducted into out Hall of Honors.


Edward “Packy McFarland
During his sophomore year at Chevrus High School, “Packy” suffered an injury on the basketball court that left him almost completely deaf. That handicap did not deter him from becoming an outstanding teacher and coach at three Maine schools over a period of 36 years.


Eugene Hunter
Gene began a teaching and coaching career in 1949 after making his mark in basketball at Colby College. He also played baseball in school and as a semipro. Over 26 years Hunter coached basketball teams won 5 Western Maine and 3 state titles.


Robert Whytock
After completing high school and college, Bob became a teacher and coach. He followed his friend and mentor, Charles Arbour, to become Principal at Cony High School in Augusta. He was active in the Maine Principals’ Association and became an outstanding referee.


Ted Shiro
Ted earned 12 varsity letters in 3 sports at Waterville High School and earned All New England Honors 2 years in a row. He set basketball scoring records at Colby College. Now teaches tennis to youngsters in Maine.


Ken Clark
A 35 year teaching and coaching career was recognized when the room in which he taught was named the Ken Clark Conference Room. His baseball and basketball teams racked up a combined total of 236 wins against just 82 losses.


Clara Swan
Clara is a legend at Husson College where she captained the school’s first women’s basketball team. After coaching at two Maine high schools, she returned to coach Husson teams to 241 wins over her 19 years at that post.


Mike Direnzo
A commissioner of Maine High School Basketball, Mike refereed 1,800 high school and college games during a 28 year career as a basketball official. He coached at Rockland High School for ten years before joining the officiating ranks.


Mickey Boutillier
In 1977, after a long career in education, Mickey became president of Special Olympics, Maine. That year he brought 13 athletes to the first Special Olympics Games at Soldiers’ Field in Chicago.


Dwight Hunter
A charter member of the Maine Athletic Directors’ Association, Dwight was named Maine’s AD of the year in 1980, received the State Award of Merit in 1983, was voted Teacher of the Year in the Caribou School System in 1995 and received the Big East Service Award in 1996.


Robert Cimbollek

A member of championship basketball teams at Bangor High School and Husson College, Bob made his mark as a basketball official over a 33 year career with assignments at both the high school and college levels.


Mark Plummer
Mark holds the record for Maine State Golf Association Championships, and twice won the New England Amateur Championship. He gained national notoriety when he battled Tiger Woods in the 1995 U.S. Amateur Championships.


Alex Somerville
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Alex left an indelible impact on Central Maine athletics and academics as a teacher/coach, basketball official and principal at Gardiner High School. He was named Maine Principal of the Year in 1986.


Paula Hodgdon
In her 30 years of coaching field hockey teams at the University of Southern Maine she became one of the nation’s most respected coaches with 10 post season appearances, a Division III Final Four, and 11 regional and 5 national All Americans.


Caroline Gentile
A nationally recognized educator in the field of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Caroline taught for close to 60 years at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.


George Hale
George began a long broadcasting career while serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He is known as the “voice” of the University of Maine Black Bears since joining the WABI radio and TV staff in the 1950’s.


Ron Cote
An all star high school quarterback, Ron earned 10 varsity letters in high school and went on to quarterback University of Maine football teams for three years. As coach of Biddeford High’s baseball team, he led his players to the school’s first state championship in 1984.


Tony Tammaro
A Golden Gloves Welterweight Boxing Champion, he coached and basketball for over 25 years. Well known as a baseball umpire and basketball referee, he also served on the Woodland Town Council and in the State Legislature.

 

Rachel Bouchard
Twice named All State at Hall-Dale High School, Maine Basketball Coaches All Academic and ESPN Scholastic Sports American Honor Roll, Rachel established schools records at the University of Maine ranking tenth in the nation in scoring.


Susan Lougee
An accomplished education teacher, coach and athletic trainer, Sue coached soccer, basketball, cross country and track and field during a thirty two year career at Skyway Middle School.


Dr. Franklin Cunningham
A teacher and high school principal at Presque Isle High School for 41 years, he served on the SPA Basketball Committee for 9 years. Many students were encouraged and assisted to go on to college by Dr. Cunningham, even after he retired.


Gerald Kane
An outstanding coach at both Sumner and Bucksport High Schools, Kane’s basketball teams participated in 17 tournaments, winning 8 Eastern Maine and 4 State Championships and racking up 329 wins against 106 losses.


Earl Eldredge
One of the finest all around athletes ever to come out of Hall-Dale High School, Earl coached Augusta’s Junior Football Program and American Legion Baseball teams for three decades.


George “Choc” Doiron
Doiron coached basketball and baseball for 50 years, 20 of those at St. Ignatius, where he took the parochial school team to a Western Maine Basketball Championship. His coaching career began at the age of 15, when a priest asked him to take a coaching position at Holy Family School do the team would not have to be disbanded.


Patricia Gallagher-Carlista
The first female to serve on the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board of Directors, Gallagher-Carlista refereed basketball and field hickey games for 25 years. She also worked as a volunteer for Special Olympics.


Robert P. White
President of the Caribou Little League program for 20 years, Bob was an outstanding Physical Education teacher and principal over a 35 year career. A Little League field was named in his honor and “Robert P. White Day” was proclaimed by the City of Caribou.


Robert “Bob” Kelley
In his 32 years as Bangor High baseball coach his teams won 8 state and 15 Eastern Maine titles with 479 wins against only 89 losses. He also coached junior high basketball and was a high school basketball official.


Bernard “ Bunny” Parady
Excelling in all sports at Old Town High School, Bunny went on to letter in three sports at the University of Maine.. He coached basketball, baseball and cross country at Mount Desert High winning 7 Eastern Maine and 4 state championships.


Paul J. Rodrigue
A Physical Education major at the University of Maine, Paul became a successful building contractor, as well as a Head Coach of the new Cony High School hockey team. He later coached girls’ softball teams, the University of Maine at Augusta and Thomas College. He constructed softball field at Cony, UMA and Thomas and won several championships.


Frank Keenan
For over 40 years, Frank has been a teacher, coach and administrator becoming Superintendent of Schools in Easton. He coached at Central Aroostook High for 14 years and was a basketball and softball official for 20 years.


Clarence Keegan
A participant in the 1936 Olympics, In Berlin, Germany, this Easton native led the University of Maine team with a .366 batting average in 1935. He was a teacher and a coach for 28 years. A role model, he also took on the formidable task of promoting drug abuse awareness.


John Corcoran
John officiated at high school and college track meets for 53 years. He coached track at Portland High for 19 years and was the founder of the Maine Athletic Directors’ Association.


Art Descoteaux
A 3 sport athlete at Biddeford High School he went on to break a single season basketball scoring record at Nasson. He coached at Biddeford for 18 years, serving as AD for 7. He was assistant coach at University of New England for 17 years.


Robert Philbrick
A 4 year starter on the Morse High baseball team, he went on to play 3 years at Boston University. A teammate of the late Harry Agganis, who played for the Red Sox, Bob became a high school coach and Director of Zone 4 Legion Baseball.


Phil “The Bear” Perrino

A legendary 3 sport star in high school, he became a fullback on the Arizona State football team. A coach at Deering High for 31 years, a soccer official, a volunteer for Special Olympics and a counselor at Waynefleet Sports Camp.

Rocky Gaslin
Captained both the football and hockey teams at Cony High and was named All State in football and All Conference in hockey. He was hockey and football coach at his alma mater, helped to establish Girls hockey and coached the softball team to a class A title.


Ron Brown
President of Hoops, Inc., he published Maine Roundball magazine, coached at all levels of play for 34 years and is proudest of the 14 sportsmanship awards won by his teams throughout the years.


William “Bill” Casavant
Director of Admissions at Northern Maine Community College, he is a longtime educator, coach, official, umpire, Director of Physical Education, athletics and intramurals. A baseball umpire for 37 years, he has also officiated at soccer and basketball games.


James E. Dyer
Lettered in 3 sports at Foxcroft Academy, joining the staff at Presque Isle High after graduation from Bowdoin College. He taught match and coached the varsity baseball team, securing a number of championships, and the school’s baseball field was named in his honor.


Steve Shaw
Athletic Director at Easton School District, Steve coached Varsity Basketball, appearing in the Eastern Maine tournament 13 times. As coach at Aroostook Central Institute his teams were undefeated 4 years and won a state championship.


Don C. Smith
He earned 16 varsity letters at Easton High, set track and field records at the University of Maine, and coached winter sports before becoming Athletic Director at Presque Isle High. His education career spanned 38 years.


John Coombs
Graduating from Crosby High in his native Belfast, he attended Tufts University and graduated from the University of Maine where he worked part time at the Bangor YMCA, becoming Executive Director. He started a number of programs including a state YMCA swimming league and was President of the Babe Ruth Baseball League.


Jack Scott
A member of the 1953 and 54 State Champion Ellsworth High basketball team, he played basketball and baseball at the University of Connecticut, signing a Red Sox minor league contract. He returned to Ellsworth as a teacher and coach winning a number of Eastern Maine titles.


Ken Walsh
Director of the Alfond Youth Center, he lettered in 3 sports in high school and after graduation from State University of New York, became the youngest director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Rochelle. The Alfond Center has become the largest Boys and Girls Club in the country.


Raymond L. “Pop” Vear
He lettered in 3 sports at Winslow High and was named to the Farmington State Teachers College Basketball Hall of Fame. A coaching career spanning 50 years included Waterville and Winslow High and Orrington Middle School, Farm and Little Leagues. A sports broadcaster and historian he gathered sports data which is kept in the Winslow High Library.


Jack Dawson
One of the most influential figures in the history of Maine athletics, Dawson has coordinated arrangements for the Fitzpatrick Trophy, taught and coached at Cheverus, Westbrook and Portland High, and served as AD at St. Joseph’s College. He is a former Portland Mayor and City Councilor.


Mike Landry
Mike starred in football and basketball at Biddeford High where he began a teaching career after graduation from the University of Maine. He coached football at Biddeford for 22 years and at Portland for 2. He also served as a director for Maine Special Olympics.


Rod Wotton
Rod coached track and field, football and lacrosse at Marshwood High in Maine and Thomas Acquinas Academy in New Hampshire, winning 17 state football titles in Maine and 4 in New Hampshire which racking up 317 wins and joining only 62 other coaches in the country with 300 or more wins.

Lawrence "Locky" Gardner
Played baseball and basketball in high school and college.He started a career in education at Jacksonville Grammar School that covered 37 years. At Fort Fairfield he was a principal of the Fort Fairfield Grammar School and Junior High School and was later named principal of Fort Fairfield High School. He coached grammar school basketball for 16 years including a State Championship team in 1950. He also officiated basketball and baseball and he coached Little League baseball for eight years.


Bill McAvoy
McAvoy was an outstanding high school athlete at Sherman and Katahdin.  At Unity College he set four hoop records, was Outstanding Small College Athlete of America, had the most points in one season, one game and total career points over 1500, selected Outstanding College Athlete of America Hall of Fame, All Maine Team and All Conference Team. He coached at Central Aroostook for 19 years  and at Katahdin High for 12 years.  At Katahdin his team won a Class D Eastern Maine title and gave him his 300th win.  He ran basketball camps for over 20 years open gym four nights a week during the school year, basketball clinics and camps for local recreation departments.


Leroy Patterson
Patterson played basketball, baseball and football at Bangor High. He was named to the 1962 High School All American football team. Entering the University of Cincinnati in 1963, he was name Most Valuable player on the freshman team. A Sergeant with the University of Maine police department for 26 years, Patterson also serves as a football, baseball and basketball official, and he volunteered time in YMCA youth activities as well as Bangor Youth Football.


Frederick "Red" Barry
Born in Peabody, Mass, he graduated from Northhampton High School, attended Dartmouth and graduated from Bates College where he played football in 1941. After serving in the Marine Corps for two years he accepted a teaching position at Bangor High School. He began coaching the Bangor boys in 1948, leading the basketball Rams to an Eastern Maine title that year. In 22 seasons his teams compiled a 281 win, 69 loss record. Bangor made 18 appearances in the Eastern Maine Basketball Tournament where they won 6 titles and 2 state championships. He was also baseball coach and served as the school’s athletic director until 1978. The school gymnasium was named for him in 1989.


George Keller
A native of Pennsylvania, Keller began a 37 year career with the YMCA in New Brunswick, New Jersey after graduation from Hartwick College in 1940. In 1957 he joined the staffs of both the Maine State YMCA and the Waterville YMCA. He served as Executive Director of the Waterville YMCA for 20 years, guiding the "Y: through major expansions including the Day Camp at McGrath Pond and construction of the Newman Building at Pleasant and North Streets.


John "Swisher" Mitchell
Known as "The Swisher" during his basketball playing days at Waterville High School and the University of Rhode Island, Mitchell was captain of Maine’s first New England Championship basketball team in the mid 40’s. A three sport athlete in high school he concentrated on basketball at Rhode Island where he took on Holy Cross All American Bob Cousy. Swisher" began a lengthy coaching career in 1954 at John Bapst High School with the football, basketball and baseball teams. He coached at Salpointe High School, in Tucson, Arizona, for two years before returning to Maine to coach at Waterville High from 1959 to 1964. He coached the Colby College Freshman teams in three sports and served as Assistant Varsity Coach.


Harold "Tank"Violette
The youngest of 17 children, Violette was active in athletics at Waterville High School and the University of Maine, where he ranked among the top 100 Yankee Conference Football Players of the Decade.He was All Maine, All New England and All Yankee Conference and the team’s Most Valuable Player. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine, he began a 39 year career as a teacher, coach and athletic administrator. He coached football, ice hockey, wrestling, golf and baseball. His Winslow High School football teams posted a record of 152 wins, 52 losses and 2 ties, winning 5 state championships. His hockey teams won 6 state championships. Named Coach of the Year 3 times in football, he was named Hockey Coach of the Year 4 times.


Phil Curtis
Curtis lettered in basketball and baseball at Cape Elizabeth High and in baseball at the University of Maine. He began a 41 year career, teaching and coaching, at Monmouth Academy in 1960 as Varsity Baseball coach and assistant coach of basketball and football, moving on to Thornton Academy coaching freshman football, varsity baseball, tennis and girls’ basketball as well as JV boys’ basketball. He also coached Burns Junior High School girls’ basketball. His girls’ basketball teams made it to the Western Maine finals twice while making it into the playoffs in all but one year. He was named Coach of the Year in 1981 and he coached the All Star Team in 1996. His teams had over 250 wins.


John McGuire
McGuire graduated from Crosby High School, then letered in three sports at the University of Maine preparing for a teaching and coaching career that began in Holliston, Massachusetts, and was followed by seven years as Rockland’s basketball coach, three at Freeport and fifteen at Portland High School, where he also taught Biology. His Rockland teams were challengers in the Eastern Maine LL Tournaments and at Freeport they won two Cumberland County Conference Titles and made it to the Western Maine Class M Tourney. He guided Portland to an undefeated, eighteen win season in 1974.


Lynn Welch
A South Portland High School graduate with a BA degree in Communications from Rollins College Lynn started playing tennis at age 13 and was active in other sports including basketball, field hockey and softball. She won 3 Maine State Scholastic singles and doubles titles in high school, was named Player of the Decade by the Maine Tennis Association. She was the USTA Women’s Clay Court Doubles Champion. She taught summer recreation programs in South Portland, the National Junior Tennis League in New Hampshire and junior recreation tennis at Val Halla Country Club. She was head Pro at a Club on Hilton Head Island. A line umpire at pro tournaments she worked several finals at the US Open.


Stephen White
Born in Biddeford to immigrants from Ireland, he attended Biddeford schools,enrolled at New Hampshire State College and completed studies at the University of Maine, Harvard and University of New Hampshire. White began coaching in 1922 and was Biddeford High School’s Athletic Director, Physical Education Instructor and Basketball, Baseball and Football coach. His 1923 team won the state high school baseball championship and in 1927 won the high school football championship. In 1952 he accepted a three sport coaching position at St. Francis High School. Following retirement in 1957 he conducted a recreational program for Biddeford High School students. He founded Biddeford grammar school baseball and basketball programs. The Biddeford High School Gymnasium, is named in his honor.

 

William “Bill” Haskell (posthumous)
William “Bill” Haskell, born in Presque Isle in 1913, participated in sports at Aroostook State Normal School and the University of Maine at Orono.  A pitcher for the Presque Isle Indian Semi-pro baseball team from 1934 through 1937, he taught and coached in the local school system and in private schools in Massachusetts.  He was involved in the construction of the E. Milton Grant Playground and Swimming Pool, and became the first Director of Recreation and Parks in Presque Isle, serving in that position for 35 years.  Under Bill’s direction the local recreation program expanded to include swimming, tennis, arts and crafts, baseball, softball, basketball, hockey, bowling, karate and skating.  In 2009, the Maine Recreation and Parks Association created the William V. Haskell Distinguished Professional of the year Award to recognize veteran Maine Parks and Recreation professionals who have demonstrated outstanding performance on a community level.  A member of the Presque Isle Rotary Club, American Legion, VFW, Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District and the St John-Aroostook Resources Conservation Committee, Haskell died in Presque Isle in 1986 leaving his wife, Esther, a son, two daughters and two grandchildren.



Emery “Flash” Plourde (posthumous)
Born in Caribou in 1920, Emery “Flash” Plourde was an outstanding high school athlete who set many records in track meets in Maine and in New Jersey.  In 1938 his high school team won the state Cross Country Championship.  A year later he won the state cross country meet and placed second in the New England competition held in Boston.  In 1940 he won and set records in both the mile and 880 state competition. The mile record of four minutes, thirty and 4 tenths seconds stood for 40 years.  He also captured first place in the mile run at the National Championships in Madison Square Garden in 1941.  He accepted a scholarship at Seton Hall and was national runner up in cross country and a member of the school’s two mile relay team which took third in the Penn Relays.  Caribou High School will always remember their “home town hero” as the person who took the interest and the time to fire the starting gun at their meets and encouraged youngsters, telling them how good they were.  A loving husband and devoted father, Emery died in 2008.  He was predeceased by Ruth, his wife of 59 years and his son James. Emery’s sons are Ronald, Robert, Emery, Jr., John and his daughter is Jane.  He has five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Jeanette Peters

Born in Island Falls, Jeanette grew up on a farm.  The long time educator, department head and coach attended Ricker Classical Institute and played on the volleyball team for Ricker College.  She graduated from Aroostook State Teacher’s College in 1966 with a BS Degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  The college had no women’s varsity sports, but she received the Gold Key, the highest award at the time for intramural sports.  After graduation she started teaching Physical Education at Caribou Middle School while also coaching the cheerleading team and helping with the track and field team.  She left the state when her husband was drafted and attending Officers’ Candidate School in Virginia.  She moved to Baltimore where she taught and coached at an inner-city high school, then moved back to Caribou while her husband was in Vietnam.  Jeanette started teaching at Fort Fairfield High in 1971 instituting a Lifetime Sports Program at the school while working as a physical education and health teacher and coach.  Her field hockey and softball teams won the Eastern Maine Championship.  Jeanette was named SAD #20 Teacher of the Year in 1996 and 2003 and was Maine Secondary Health and Physical Education Teacher of the Year for 2003.  Jeanette and her husband, Ken, reside in Fort Fairfield.

 

Dana Hews
Born in Ashland in 1930, Dana grew up as the only son on a potato farm.  He continues to be involved in the operation at Cavendish Farms.  Dana is a longtime educator, coach, guidance counselor, athletic director, principal and basketball official.  During his high school years he played baseball and participated in winter sports before entering Springfield College in the physical education program.  He was a member of the gymnastics team and played both baseball and soccer while also coaching a small college basketball team.  He returned home to teach and coach for several years at Ashland High School, and then moved on to Presque Isle High where he organized the Physical Education and Health programs for all grades.  He also coached basketball and led his team to an Eastern Maine Championship in 1961.  He established soccer as a sport in Aroostook County high schools.  An outstanding basketball official, Dana also served as a Little League Baseball coach a teacher and lay minister at his church, a member of the SAD #45 School Board and Director of the Washburn Health Center. Dana and his wife, Virginia, have seven children, many of whom are coaches.  They are Dana Scott Hews, Donna Sagner, Leigh Worley, Bonnie McLaughlin, Brian Hews, Sue Chasse and Meredith Messer.


David Ames

Born in Camden, Maine David graduated from Camden High School in 1963, one of two students to win a varsity letter in all four sports in the same year (cross country, basketball, baseball, track & field).  He won the youth state candlepin bowling titles ages 12 – 15, played Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion, Portland Twilight League and Semi-pro baseball.  He is a graduate of the University of Maine-Orono, where he played baseball and was undefeated as a pitcher over 3 years.  With a Masters Degree in Education he was hired by the University in 1968 as an instructor in Physical Education.  He worked for the University for 33 years as an instructor, Assistant Professor, Director of Recreational Sports and Associate Director of Athletics retiring in 2001.  Eleven of his summers were spent as Assistant Director and Director of 3 different children's camps in Maine. He is a life member of the National Intramural / Recreational Sports Association and has served as State Director and National Executive Committee member.  A member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, he has served as its President, member of the Executive Committee and Board representative to the State Basketball Council.  As Interpreter of Board #111, he is responsible for training all prospective officials and for continuing education of current officials.  He was awarded the Jim DiFrederico award for outstanding service to basketball in the State of Maine.  He is a member of the IAABO National Rules Examination Committee and serves as secretary for the Maine Basketball Commission.  He and his wife of 43 years, Adele, have two daughters Pam Veilleux of Manchester, NH and Debi Tukey of Gorham, Maine and five grandchildren.

 
Margaret Hawes Gillis (posthumous)
Margaret was born in Lubec in 1918.  She was a graduate of Milo High School and a member of the girls’ basketball team.  She graduated from the Maine School of Commerce, now Husson College, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Maine at Orono.  She was named to the Husson College Athletic Hall of Fame.  She coached girls’ basketball at West Paris High School, Guilford High School and at Schenck High School, where she also taught Physical Education and coached the Girls’ Cheerleaders.  She directed intramural sports at Schenck and also directed the marching of the school’s band at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. in 1967. The school gymnasium was named in her honor in 1980 in appreciation of her dedication as a teacher and a coach.   A lifelong golfer, she was a member of the Hillcrest Golf Club of Millinocket and a member and officer of the Women’s Maine State Golf Association.  Seven months after her retirement from Schenck High School she died of a brain tumor.  The state legislature paid a lasting tribute with a citation that was introduced  by Representative Michael Michaud, Senator Charles Pray and Representative Herbert Clark.

 

Donald A. Dow, Jr.
Born in  Fort Fairfield in 1942, Don spent 45 of his years educating students and athletes.  As a Fort Fairfield High School student he played basketball and baseball.  A formidable pitcher for the Fort he tossed a no-hitter against Caribou High School during the 1958 season.  He attended St. Anselm’s College and later accepted a position at Harmony High School where his baseball team won an Upper Kennebec Valley League title. Prior to assuming a post as Athletic Director and then Assistant Principal at Stearns High School in Millinocket, Dow coached cross country, girls’ basketball and baseball.  His numerous awards include Athletic Director of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award for Track and Cross Country and a Big East Service Award.  He was a member of the Maine Principals’ Association Track Committee, serving as Chair for 5 years.  Don also serves as Chair of the Millinocket Elks Scholarship Committee as well as Chair of the Northern District.  He was State President of the Maine Elks and the Maine Athletic Directors’ Association.

 

Richard “Dick” McGee

Raised in Providence, Rhode Island, McGee was a member of his high school football team for four years, and played both offensive and defensive end positions at the University of Maine at Orono before graduating in 1954.  In the fall of that year, McGee was named football coach at Lawrence High School in Fairfield.  With just one win against twenty six losses in the three years before he became head coach, he led the team to an eight win, one loss season in 1955.  He left to accept a position as an assistant football coach and head coach of lacrosse at Bowdoin College in 1964.  He became head football coach at Colby, a position he held from 1967 to 1978.  He was named athletic director in 1974.  He rejoined the coaching staff as defensive coordinator in 1986.  In 1958, when the Fairfield Police Athletic League was in trouble, he took over and developed a strong program.  The town’s Little League field is named for him.

 

Paula Doughty

Paula has coached field hockey teams at Skowhegan High School since 1974.  Through the 2009 season her teams compiled a record of 424 victories, only 94 losses and 30 ties with both JV and Varsity teams.  Her teams won eleven state championships, 15 Eastern Maine Championships and nine Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Championships.  The National High School Coaches Association named her National High School Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2008. Eighty of her players went on to play in college.  Born in Farmington, Paula attended public schools in Wilton, graduating from high school in 1970.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1974 and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine in 1980.   Paula also finds time to participate in Women for Women, and volunteer at Sugarloaf Ski Club.  Paula has four grown sons, Winston Nickerson III, Christian Nickerson, Dylan Nickerson and John Michael Doughty.  She and her husband, John, reside in Farmington.

 

Maurice Clark
Raised on an Aroostook County potato Farm during the Great Depression, Maurice was born in Westfield, Maine, the second of nine children.  He attended a one room schoolhouse and graduated from Aroostook Central Institute where he earned letters in four sports.  At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Army, serving in Europe with the 42nd Rainbow Division during World War Two.  After the war he resumed his education at University of Maine at Farmington, graduating from the Orono campus.  He returned to Aroostook County to accept a coaching position at Mapleton High School.  He later held teaching, coaching and school administrative positions in Richmond and Bath.  In 1954 he became Assistant Principal at Bath Junior High School where he developed the athletic program, coached the teams and was coordinator of the Grammar School League.  He played semi-professional baseball and basketball with a number of teams including the New England Hoboes where he teamed with Bob Cousy and other members of Holy Cross’ NIT Championship team.  He became an active basketball official in 1950 refereeing college and high school basketball for over 30 years.  He served as President of the State Basketball Council and the Western Maine Board of Basketball officials.  He has four grown children, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Still involved in the Maine sports scene, he has served as President of Maine Sports Legends since 2007, has a golf handicap of 14 and regular scores below his age. 

 

Arthur Dyer
Dyer graduated from Windham High School in 1959 having lettered in baseball and basketball all four years.  He participated in those same sports while attending Gorham State, where he graduated in 1964.  His coaching career began that same year at S.A.D. 6.  He moved on to Medomak Valley High School in 1970, where his teams compiled a record of 184 wins and 44 losses, making the Class B Tournament every  year, winning the Western Maine title four times and the state title twice.  In 1980 he accepted a position at Westbrook High School, where his teams won 152 games, making it to the Western Maine Final four times and winning the State Class A Championship in 1984.  Over twenty years of high school coaching he had a 76% winning average.  The Maine High School Coaches and the Maine Basketball Coaches Associations named him Coach of the Year seven times.  He was chosen to coach all star teams in the Boston Shootout, coaching against the Russian Junior Olympic Team and he coached teams in Taiwan and Spain.  He was an assistant coach at Division One Fairfield University in Connecticut from 1991 to 1998 when he retired.  He was one of the founders of the Gold Star Basketball Academy in Maine.

 

Jeddy Newman (posthumous)
John 'Jeddy' Newman was born in 1943, in Portland.  He was educated in Portland schools, graduating from Cheverus High School in 1961 where he was a member of the 1961 State Championship Basketball Team and the 1961 undefeated Telegram League Baseball Team. John went on to attend both Boston College and the University of Maine at Orono and graduated from the University of Maine in Portland where he played basketball. He began his career as a teacher and coach at Bonny Eagle High School, where he coached the 1970 Class L State Championship Basketball Team. He then joined the faculty of Thornton Academy where he taught Math, coached Basketball and served as the Athletic Director, retiring in 1997. He married Samantha Legendre Newman of Saco.  From a previous marriage, Jeddy had one daughter, Deborah Newman Bovali of Brandon, Fla., sons, Michael Newman, his wife Krista and their daughter Janet of Buxton, Scott Newman and his wife Amy of Cape Elizabeth; one brother, Frederick Newman of Gray; and one niece, Jennifer Newman.

 

Reta Brown
Reta played field hockey and basketball at Portland High in the days before women’s sports could claim any newspaper ink. But, in the years since, she has left her mark on high school and college sports such as field hockey, tennis, soccer, basketball and lacrosse.  After graduation from Portland High (where she won the Brown Medal for athletic, academic and citizenship achievement), she took her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern Maine, where she played field hockey and basketball. Upon graduation, she began a career teaching mathematics, which she still does at South Portland High. Reta was a member of the Portland Women’s Rugby Football Club that won the inaugural national championship in 1978 in Chicago.  She served as assistant coach of some powerful field hockey teams at South Portland; coached women’s tennis, where she led the Red Riots to consecutive state titles in 1988 and 1989; and was one of the finest sports officials in New England.  For three decades she has been officiating soccer, basketball and lacrosse is at both the high school and college levels. She was among the first women to referee boys soccer and basketball. Reta is the only Maine woman to officiate in the prestigious Big East, the top college basketball conference in the country.

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