Maine Sports Legends Past Hall of Honors
Hall of Honors display at Alfond Boys and Girls Club, Waterville
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.