Husson to induct Winkin

Posted Oct. 03, 2009, at 12:49 a.m.

Baseball coach John Winkin and basketball standout Sue Ann Allen will be honored later this month when they are inducted into the Husson University Sports Hall of Fame.

The pair will be recognized during ceremonies scheduled for Oct. 17 as part of Husson’s annual Homecoming Gala. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Webber Campus Center on Husson’s Bangor campus.

Winkin is perhaps the most celebrated baseball coach in the state’s history. He coached for 19 years at Colby College and spent 23 seasons at the University of Maine, then capped his career at Husson.

He served as an assistant coach from 1997-2002, then was the head coach from 2003-2007. In 2006, Winkin earned his 1,000th career collegiate coaching victory.

Winkin, who was named a Husson Fellow for Sports Leadership upon his hiring by the school in 2003, is a member of 11 halls of fame, including the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and the American Baseball Coaches Association hall.

Winkin last worked at Husson in December 2007, when he suffered a stroke.

He will be inducted by former Husson baseball head coach John “J.K.” Kolasinski.

Allen, a native of Bradford, played basketball at Husson from 1994-97. She graduated magna cum laude after making the Dean’s List every semester.

Allen, a team captain as a senior, led Husson to two Maine Athletic Conference championships (1995, ’96) and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament, also in 1996.

Allen played in 107 career games, registering 1,036 points, 369 rebounds, 357 assists and 214 steals. Her 117 assists as a senior were among the most in a single season at Husson.

She was named to the State of Maine and All-MAC teams in her final season.

Allen will be inducted by her former coach and current Eagles coach Mary “Kissy” Walker.

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