Kariya, Corbitt, Puls among UMaine Sports Hall of Fame inductees

Posted Sept. 10, 2012, at 9:35 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 10, 2012, at 5:21 p.m.
Kim Corbitt (left), seen in a 2005 game against Boston University, has been selected for the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame.
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Kim Corbitt (left), seen in a 2005 game against Boston University, has been selected for the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine announced Monday that it has selected five former student-athletes for induction into the 2012 Sports Hall of Fame.

Former women’s basketball standout Kim Corbitt (2005), men’s basketball’s Charlie Goddard (1950), hockey star Steve Kariya (1999), track and field record-holder Richard Nason (1964) and softball great Michelle Puls (1998) will be inducted in the 2012 class. Ceremonies are scheduled Sept. 28 at Wells Conference Center.

Corbitt was captain of the women’s basketball team during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. She was named America East Player of the Year in 2004-05, after winning America East Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2002-03 and 2003-04. She was an America East third-team selection in 2002-03.

Corbitt led the team in assists for three consecutive seasons from 2002-2005. She was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Following graduation, she served as an assistant coach for the Black Bears in 2005-06.

Goddard was captain of the men’s basketball team in 1948-49 and 1949-50. He led the team in scoring in 1948-49 and 1949-50. Goddard was an All-State selection in 1949-50. In addition, he was named to the All-Yankee Conference First Team in 1949-50.

Kariya, a 1999 Hobey Baker Award Finalist, led Maine to its second NCAA national championship in men’s ice hockey in 1999. A two-year captain, he was a first-team All-American, a Hockey East first-team selection and was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team.

Kariya earned the Hockey East Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award in 1997, 1998 and 1999. He ranks tied for sixth on Maine’s all-time scoring list with 78 goals and 109 assists for 187 career points in 150 games. Kariya also excelled in the classroom. He was named a CoSIDA All-District selection in 1998 and 1999. He was a three-time Hockey East Academic Honor Roll selection.

Nason was the Maine state champion in 1961 in the discus and hammer and in the hammer in 1964. He was the Yankee Conference champion in the hammer in 1963 and 1964. He still holds the University of Maine record for the 16-pound hammer with a throw of 187 feet, 7 1/2 inches set in 1964. It was the third best throw in the nation that year. He also holds the UMaine record for the 35-pound weight with a throw of 61-0 1/4.

Puls was named the America East Softball Player of the Year in 1997 and 1998. At the time of her graduation, she held six school records, including career games played (178), career at-bats (527), single-season runs scored (39), career runs scored (105), career hits (184), and doubles in a season (16). She earned a spot on the 1998 America East All-Tournament Team. Following graduation, Puls played professionally for the Akron Racers in 1999.

The Sept. 28 induction event will include a reception in the Hall of Fame lobby in the Memorial Gym beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow at Wells Conference Center at 7 p.m. followed by the induction.

The honorees will be recognized at halftime of the Maine football game against Villanova the following day. Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet are $40 and are available at the UMaine ticket office by calling 581-2327 or 1-800-756-8326.

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