Athletics & UMaine/Phi Etas Hall of Fame
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See list of PEKs in UMaine-Sports Hall of Fame: -approx. 2/3rds down this page (anyone missing?)
PEK '77 Jack Cosgrove
ORONO, Maine -- Dec. 2, 2013: Four members of the University of Maine football team and head coach Jack Cosgrove have been honored by the New England Football Writers’ Association. Quarterback Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.) has been honored as the Gold Helmet Player of the Year, while head coach Jack Cosgrove has been named the Jack Grinold New England Coach of the Year.
Cosgrove, who also was named the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, receives the Grinold award for the second time in his career. He also won in 2011. Cosgrove’s team was picked to finish eighth in the CAA, but posted a 10-2 regular-season, including a 7-1 CAA mark. The Bears won their first outright league title since 1965. UMaine earned a No. 5 national seed in the NCAA FCS playoffs and hosts New Hampshire on Saturday at 2 p.m. in its first ever home postseason contest. Cosgrove also is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award presented to the top FCS coach.
Following a preseason in which the Black Bears were selected eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association football preseason poll, Coach Cosgrove has guided Maine to its best start in history. Maine has outright wrapped up the CAA title for the first time in school-history and have cliniched the league's automatic playoff bid. Along the way, Maine defeated Massachusetts for its second ever FBS victory. The win at UMass was the 500th in the career of the Black Bears." -compiled from various recent postings in the Bangor Daily News.
Congrats to PEK '74 William "T-Willy" Fairchild: chosen for induction into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame! Ceremony to be held Aug. 5, 2012 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland:
"Fairchild of Monmouth was the head baseball coach at Oak Hill High School in Sabattus for 28 years and led the Raiders to three state championships."
Congrats to Dennis Libbey (PEK '73), chosen for induction into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, May 20, 2012 (Bangor Civic Center).
-from the 5/10/12 Bangor Daily News:
- "And I had thought I was special,” quipped Libbey. “The funniest thing was the guy next to me’s name was Rico Petrocelli. His real name was Paul, he was Rico’s nephew.” Rico Petrocelli was a former Boston Red Sox shortstop... When ...he graduated in 1973, the hard-nosed leadoff hitter owned the school record for singles and hits in a season as well as runs scored and stolen bases in a career. Libbey since has gone on to be an important component in Bangor’s youth baseball programs. He will enter his 24th year of coaching this season and has coached the Bangor Junior League All-Star teams to six straight state championships. He is a past president of the league, is on the board of directors and still coaches a Little League team.
-photo by bangordailynews.com
NOTE: Keith Mahaney, PEK '57, will receive the "President's Award" as well, in recognition of his many years of service to the MSHoF.
Perley Dean '54
inducted (posthumously) in the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Honor
. "The Maine Sports Legends Hall of Honors will induct 13 new members and provide scholarship awards to eight high school scholar-athletes in its annual ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville. Among those new members is Perley Dean (posthumously), -an athlete, teacher and coach. He pitched at Colby College and the University of Maine." (Perley passed away in March 2007.)
Guy Whitten '63 inducted into the Gould Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, 9-27-08:
See larger photo plus one with Bill Black '62 at
"Rip" Black, PEK '29: Bronze medalist in the Hammer Throw, 1928 Olympics; article from the Worcester, MA. Telegram & Gazette 8-18-08:
"It's an Olympic year. For the late Edmund "Rip" Black, these times used to be the only moments he'd bring up his Olympic accomplishments. "He was never necessarily anyone who would blow his horn about his accomplishments," said his son, Bill, 68. (Note: Bill is also a Phi Eta, Class of '63). Edmund won a bronze in the hammer throw in the 1928 Games in Amsterdam and in 1999 was named the fourth-best Maine athlete of all-time by Sports Illustrated. He grew up on Bailey Island, an island community in Maine's Casco Bay, which today sports a year-round population of roughly 400, and developed a fervor for the lobster industry while pulling traps out of the Atlantic Ocean. Some say that played a role in boosting his physical strength. While at Portland (Maine) High, he played baseball and hockey, was named the state's best high school fullback in 1923, and captained the track and field squad. Still, Black took a greater liking to the sea. He spent the next two years trapping, before being convinced by family and friends to give the University of Maine at Orono a try. There he dabbled in football and baseball, throwing a no-hitter against Bowdoin in 1927. But the hammer throw was where he excelled the most, winning the Olympic trials at Harvard Stadium in 1928. He then boarded the SS Roosevelt, along with United States Olympic Committee chairman Gen. Douglas MacArthur, for the trip to Amsterdam as the U.S.'s best chance at a medal in the event.
Black took bronze with a throw of 160 feet, 10-1/2 inches. After a failed attempt to qualify for the '32 Games in Los Angeles, he put down the hammer and went back to lobstering for good. Black had offers to coach at local high schools, but "never even considered it," according to Bill."
Cozzie gets 80th win:
U-Maine Football's 35-0 win over Rhode Island on Nov. 10th, 2007 gave (PEK '77) Jack Cosgrove
80 wins for his career and moved him into a tie for first place in program history for most wins by a head coach. Former Maine coaching legend Harold Westerman also has 80 -he coached at Maine from 1951-66.
News about PEK '76 Jack Leggett:
Clemson's Leggett wins 1,000th game
Posted: Sunday Mar 25, 2007 10:36 PM
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -Jack Leggett became the 29th Division I coach to reach 1,000 victories as Clemson beat Maryland 5-0 on Sunday. Leggett, in his 14th year at Clemson, has 623 wins with the Tigers. He's 1,000-556 in 28 seasons with Vermont, Western Carolina and Clemson. The 53-year-old Leggett has led Clemson to the College World Series five times, including last year, and the Tigers have played in the NCAA tournament in every season under him.
4/17/07: from George Meehan '57:
"Roger Day (PEK '77) won his 300th baseball game as the Falcons coach at Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts. Danvers beat Marblehead High School. Roger Day's teams has been a state qualifier 15 out the last 19 seasons. His teams have won a state title, been a state runnerup, captured seven Northeastern Conference championships, a pair of North Sectional crowns, and has had a 66 game Northeastern Conference win streak."
Paul Soucy '72, Athletic Administrator & Vocational Director
at Hermon High School, Hermon, ME.:
Congratulations to Paul Firlotte
, PEK '56 of Ellsworth, ME., and Harold Hatch,
PEK '61 of Castine, ME.
Both were inducted into the (State of) Maine Running Hall of Fame in November 2006. (Press release is below). Note: They join fellow PEK Brothers, and Me. Running Hall of Fame honorees Harry Richardson '30, and Don Smith '40, inducted in 1998 & 1997.
Paul does not have email access. He is at 12 O'Kane Way, Ellsworth, ME. 04605.
Maine Running Hall of Fame
of Castine, Christine Snow-Reaser of Old Orchard Beach, Paul Firlotte
of Ellsworth and Owen Joseph Logue of Orono ... inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame
in a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 5, (2006) at Killarney's in Waterville. from http://www.mainetrackclub.com/
Harold and Paul join PEK Brothers Harry Richardson '30 and Don Smith '40 in the MRHoF:
"Taken at The Greene Turtle in Towson MD before the UMaine-Towson State
game. From L to R are the following Brothers: Gary Kraske ('60), Lee Hall ('59),
Jim Kelley ('58), & Mark Avakian ('76). (Doug Cote ('71) responded but couldn?t
make it this year.) We had a great time and Maine won big 28-7. We are
planning on making this an annual event when Maine plays at DE, MD or VA.
Best regards and fraternally, Avo"
(Note: watch the PEK Message Board for similar future gatherings.)
Frank Keenan (PEK '69)
(from the Aroostook County news:)
Frank Keenan of Presque Isle, longtime educator, coach, basketball and softball official, athletic director, assistant principal/principal and presently superintendent, is the newest inductee into the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Honors. Keenan represents the Northern Region in the shrine for 2006. This honor is presented to men and woman for their extraordinary commitment and work behind the scene, both academically and athletically. He (was) inducted at the Maine Sports Legends annual banquet in Augusta on October 8, 2006.
Frank Keenan was an outstanding teacher and coach at MSAD#42 at Central Aroostook High School for 14 years. Throughout his coaching career in basketball, baseball and cross country, several of his teams qualified for state tournament competition reaching the Eastern Maine championship in basketball and the state championships in cross country." As Executive Director of Maine Principals Association, Dick Durost states, "I coached against Frank for several years in the early 1970's, he was an intense competitor but always a class act. I thought he always got the maximum out of whatever talent his athletes had."
Frank was a basketball and softball offical from 1970 through 1990. During that time he served as President and Assigner for one year, and as the Boards Interpretor for several years. As a softball official he was Umpire in Chief for the Northern Maine Board for several years. Durost comments during Keenan?s time as an basketball official, "he was one of the best in the state."
Frank came to MSAD#1 at Presque Isle High School in 1983 as the Athletic Administrator. Looking back at that position he held for 9 years, reflecting on his proudest memories and experiences he says, "Dwight Hunter (PEK '60) and myself worked very hard together to convince the Bangor area schools that forming the Big East League in basketball was in everyone's best interest." That conference gave two northern Maine schools one of the best schedules in the state. Soon the Big East Basketball developed to include Big East Soccer, Baseball and Softball." Frank continues, "another proud moment was working with MSAD#1's administration and coaching staff to design and oversee the implementing of the Dr. Gehrig T. Johnson Athletic Complex which I feel is one of the best in the state."
As Athletic Administrator, Frank influenced his coaching staff continuously. Tim Prescott who credits Frank as, "someone who works very hard to ensure the lessons of athletic competition are taught in a positive way. He is the type of person that makes everyone who works for him or with him be the best that they can be." Tim has coached over 60 athletic teams at Presque Isle High School and continues, "I credit much of my career success to the influence Mr. Keenan had on me, both personally and professionally. He was a role model for me, the person and professional I always hoped to become."
In 1992 Frank became Presque Isle High School's Assistant Principal. Durost, who was Presque Isle's Principal at the time, calls Frank, "The consummate administrative team player. He always advocated for his perspective but always accepted the final decision and supported it." Jeff Bearden, presently Assistant Superintendent for Business in MSAD#1, became Presque Isle's next Athletic Administrator. Jeff comments, "Frank Keenan is perhaps the most unassuming, unselfish person I have ever met. When I began my career in administration, Frank was one of the first people to take me under his wing and provide me with the guidance and support I needed. Frank expects all participants in the athletic arena to play fair, play hard and to respect the game and the opponent. He truly understands the importance of interscholastic competition and has always been a great ambassador for his district, County and State. I consider myself very fortunate to have had such an outstanding mentor and friend."
In 1996 Frank became the Principal of Presque Isle High School, continuing to provide positive leadership to teachers, coaches and students. Dr. Gehrig T. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools, MSAD#1, states, "Frank Keenan truly loves kids, and they love him. In his capacity as Athletic Director, Assistant Principal and Principal at MSAD#1, he was outstanding. If I were building an administrative team from scratch, Frank Keenan would be one of the first people I'd start with."
Since 2001, Frank is the Superintendent of Schools and Elementary Principal at Easton School District. Durost states, "Frank has been a very valuable member of the MPA providing leadership at the highest level on our Board of Directors". He has a great deal of "common sense" who can pull a group together and broker a compromise in difficult situations. He is an outstanding educator and sportsman, but even a better person." Susan Lougee, a longtime MSAD#1 educator, coach, and good friend of Frank, uses a song title to describe him. "He's Simply The Best" in all he works with, be it colleagues, coaches, students or athletes."
Frank Keenan is a past member of the Class A Basketball, Ad Hoc Committee on Basketball, Public/Private school issues and sportsmanship and Golf Committee. He continues his membership of National Association of Secondary School Principals National Committee on Contests and Activities, Basketball Classification Committee and Chairman of Basketball Commission. As a MPA professional Frank has served on Management, Assistant Principals, Retirement and Legislative Committees. Along with Frank's professional committees he has served on the Presque Isle Recreation Board, past member of the Kiwanis, and presently a member of the Elks Club and Rotary Club.
Although Frank's busy career leaves little free time, he is an avid golfer and a member of Presque Isle?s Country Club. In the past, he has served on the Board of Directors and chairman of the Green's Committee, along with being club champion and Presidents Cup winner.
Frank earned his Bachelor's Degree at UMaine and was a member of Phi Eta Kappa fraternity. He earned his Masters Degree in Educational Administration at the University of Southern Maine.
Frank and his wife Darrylin, a retired teacher, reside in Presque Isle. They have two grown sons, Kyle and Kasey, both in the education and coaching fields, and a new granddaughter, Calia Rose, who reside in southern Maine.
Congratulations to Jim Beaudry '49 and Paul Bessey '72:
Sept. 26th Bangor Daily News:
"Some of the top players, coaches and officials in Maine basketball history are members of the fourth class of inductees to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame." "Selected for distinguished achievement as a player at both the high school and college level was Paul Bessey of Orono, a former standout at Buckfield High School and the University of Maine." "College coaches selected for the Class of 2006 are... and Jim Beaudry of the University of New England."
(PS: (Keith Mahaney PEK '57, was inducted in 2004).
Guy Whitten '63: inducted into the Natl. High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame, June 28, 2006, in Branson, MO.
26 years Wilton HS (CT.) Head Coach, retired;
410 career wins - One of only 6 coaches in the history of the game to win more than 400 games. - Teams won 17 state and 11 FCIAC championships. Developed and coached 41 All Americans. Head coach of USA U-19 National team, won World Championship in 1988. 4 time Ct. coach of the year. 3 time Ct. Man of the Year. USLCA National Man of the Year. NHSACA National Coach of the Year 6/2006 for Ct.; Ct. Chapter US Lacrosse Hall of Fame. USLCA "Legends of the Game" Award 2000. CHSCA Hall of Fame 2001.
Phi Eta BA Board Secretary
Jack Leggett, Head Baseball Coach at Clemson University, a 1976 UMaine grad and 1994 inductee into the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame (for both baseball and football) reached the 600 (Clemson) career wins milestone over the past weekend, when Clemson beat Georgia Tech in the ACC playoffs in Jacksonville, FL. Clemson beat North Carolina State to win the tournament.
Jack has also been named ACC Coach of the Year (for the third time).
Clemson Athletic Department Phone - 864-656-2114
Dennis Libbey (PEK '73), joins Maine Baseball Hall of Fame
PORTLAND - Former Bangor High School and University of Maine shortstop
Dennis Libbey, already one of only 17 members of the Black Bears All-Time Hall
of Fame, headed a list of distinguished inductees who (were) honored at the
Holiday Inn by the Bay July 23, 2006.
Training Center in Franklin, Massachusetts. Ted has coached at many different levels beginning in 1992 after his college playing years at the University of Maine ? Orono. Ted began coaching at Massasoit Community College in 1992 followed by 5 years as an assistant coach at his Alma matter, the University of Maine under legendary collegiate coach Dr. John Winkin.
During the summers, Ted coached in Great Britain with Major League Baseball International, Head Coach of the Braintree White Sox of the Cranberry League, and as an assistant coach with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. While coaching the Braintree White Sox, the team was back to back to back North Atlantic Regional Champions reaching the Stan Musial World Series in 1992, 1993, and 1994. In 2004, Ted was inducted into the Cranberry League Hall of Fame. As pitching coach for the Cotuit Kettleers, Ted coached future 1st round draft picks Kyle Peterson and Jeff Austin of Stanford and current Red Sox pitching prospect Jack Cressend. Most recently, Ted has traveled to Italy to work with the Verona Dynos baseball club and his AAU teams have won state silver and bronze medals with the 2005 15U team winning the National Classic Championship.
Mike O'Day (PEK '76), Vermont -National Honor:
"South Burlington AD receives national recognition"
(from The Burlington Free Press )
December 11, 2005
Mike O'Day of South Burlington High School is one of eight athletic administrators selected nationwide to be honored by the National Federation of State High School Associations this week in Orlando, Fla.
O'Day (was) honored during the 36th annual National Conference of High School Athletic Directors on Saturday for more than 20 years of service. The award is presented annually to outstanding athletic directors in recognition of contributions to interscholastic athletics on the local, state and national levels.
Since 1984, O'Day has been director of athletics at his alma mater in South Burlington, where he was a three-sport standout. He was a math teacher and coach at Keene (N.H.) High School (1976-1982) and athletic director at Missisquoi Valley for a year.
NFSHS said O'Day has made significant contributions to both the Vermont Principals' Association (VPA) and the Vermont State Athletic Directors Association (VSADA). He chairs the VPA Football Committee and VPA Gymnastics Committee, and has served on the VPA Tennis Committee for two years.
O'Day has been a member of both the Vermont and national athletic directors association for 22 years and has served in various offices. He is also a nationally certified athletic administrator and is called upon to serve as a workshop presenter and moderator. He also served as the state's NIAAA Leadership Training Program coordinator for five years.
O'Day, a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, with a master's from Western Carolina University, has been named Vermont's athletic director of the year on two occasions. He has received the NIAAA State Award of Merit twice as well as the VSADA Distinguished Service Award.
Dick Plummer '57 honored in Scarborough, Maine:
Plummer Gym Dedicated on December 6, 2005
Tuesday evening, December 6, was a special night at the High School. Longtime teacher and coach Richard A. ?Dick? Plummer was recognized for his years of service to our school through the naming of the the gymnasium. In his dedication speech, Principal Andrew Dolloff provided the following information:
?Mr. Plummer taught physical education and was a fixture in the athletic program at Scarborough High School from the fall of 1957 through June, 1994. For many of those 37 years he coached several sports; baseball, basketball and soccer - sometimes coaching all three in one school year. From 1973-1976, Mr. Plummer led his Scarborough High School boys? soccer teams to four consecutive Class A State Championships, finishing as high as second in the New England Soccer Championships in 1976. During the summers Mr. Plummer was the custodian of the Scarborough High School athletic fields. Like many schools in Maine, Scarborough?s first soccer field was just that, a field, and many of his players remember picking rocks from the field as a daily pre-practice ritual.?
?Mr. Plummer?s dedication in the gymnasium as a teacher was where his impact on Scarborough students was most profound. For most of his 37 years he was the only physical education teacher at the school, which equates to nearly 8,000 students who participated in his classes.?
?Since his retirement 11 years ago, Mr. Plummer continues to attend nearly every home athletic contest at the High School, frequently volunteering as a scoreboard operator. I am always impressed as I watch him watch the games, comparing an athlete?s uniform number with the names in the program, trying to figure out if he had their parents, or their grandparents, in class. With nearly 50 years of service to the students of Scarborough, it is fitting that we name one of our premiere athletic venues for Mr. Richard Plummer.?
Phi Eta Coaches, ADs, referees, & players' parents in Aroostook, Penobscot, & Hancock County (Maine) sports -that we know of:
Jon Hamilton '01 is the Limestone Comm. School Boys Varsity Basketball coach.
Justin Paige '02 is an assistant coach for Stearns High School (Millinocket) basketball.
Dick Balentine '77 is the Hampden Academy Indoor Track coach and girls x-country
Paul Soucy '72 is the Athletic Director at Hermon High School, and a major
force behind the scenes at the Eastern Maine BBall Tournament.
"Hawk" Anderson '74 is the handsome and suave basketball referee and
baseball umpire that keeps everyone honest and smiling.
Scott Benzie '78 high school soccer referee and baseball umpire in the Waldo
County area; Belfast High School Boys Varsity basketball head coach.
Mike Henderson '77 high school basketball referee, greater Bangor and Ellsworth
The list of Phi Eta Kappa Brothers in
the UMaine Black Bear Sports Hall of Fame
is currently at 14:
(listed by order of induction)
Edmund "Rip" Black '29, Track & Football
Donald C. Smith '40, Track
Richard DeVarney '66, Football & Baseball
Harry Richardson '30, Cross Country & Track
Gary Conn '81, Hockey
Paul Firlotte '56, Cross Country & Track
Keith Mahaney '57, Basketball
Jack Leggett '76, Football & Baseball
Larry Mahaney '51, Basketball
Michael Buck '89, Football
Dennis Libbey '73, Baseball
Dana Drew '39, Football, Basketball, & Baseball
Peter W. MacPhee '64, Track
Baron Hicken '63, Track
Jack Cosgrove (PEK '77)!
148 games as Head Coach of Black Bears football,
-sets an all time record for ANY UMaine coach...
with the names, date, and details, for publication here.
Clemson Univ. Baseball
Univ. of Maine Football
Justin Page '02(ME) (2nd from right)
Old Town HS, ME. Girls Varsity Coach
10/17/05: Mass. golf for PEK:
(full photo on "1980s Gallery
From Steve Walsh '86 Hingham, MA. (firstname.lastname@example.org
) "Hey Terry, We had a small turnout on Saturday (Oct. 15) at Rowley CC. 11 people showed, 10 of which were Brothers. Of that 8 played in the pouring rain for nine holes. We played a 2 man team scramble format. Jamie Keefe and Cap Ranko were probably the best scoring team but hard to be certain. We had a great time, made up of mostly my pledge class ?85, 9 of the original 13. I will forward some pictures to you and we raised $240.00 for the house.... This is Brad MacArthur?s tourney that he puts on every fall, and he does a great job of pulling things together and setting up the course and foursomes.... Thanks, Steve"
Univ. Maine Hockey team
1986(?) Fraternity Intramurals