Celebratory event to honor former Penquis basketball coach Tony Hamlin

Posted May 31, 2013, at 11:16 a.m.
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MILO, Maine — A celebration of Tony Hamlin’s 31 years as a high school basketball coach will be held Saturday, June 8, at Penquis Valley High School.

The event is free and open to the public and will run from 4 to 6 p.m. A social hour is scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria, followed by a ceremony and awards presentation in Oakes Gymnasium from 5 to 6 p.m.

The ceremony will include speeches by Hamlin’s former coach at the University of Maine, Skip Chappelle, recently retired Lawrence of Fairfield coach Mike McGee, players from Hamlin’s two state championship teams at Penquis, and from Hamlin himself.

Hamlin, who will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on June 22, played basketball at Milo High School and then on the first two Penquis Valley teams after SAD 41 was created during the late 1960s.

He subsequently walked on at the University of Maine, where the 5-foot-11-inch guard was a two-year starter and a team captain for Chappelle’s Black Bears in 1974.

Hamlin began his teaching and coaching career immediately after college when he simultaneously coached the boys varsity and postgraduate teams for three years at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield. He led MCI’s postgraduate team to two New England championships.

He then moved on to Morse High School in Bath for four years before becoming the head coach at South Portland High School. His seven-year tenure with the Red Riots included winning the 1983 Class A state title and a second Western Maine crown in 1985.

Hamlin spent the final 17 years of his coaching career back at his alma mater — a run highlighted by two state championships and three Eastern Maine titles.

Hamlin retired after the 2012-13 season, with his final game the Patriots’ 61-54 victory over Boothbay to win the Class C state championship in the final high school game played at the Bangor Auditorium.

Hamlin also led Penquis to the 2000 Class C state championship and the 1999 Eastern Maine Class C crown.

Hamlin, who remains a teacher and athletic administrator at Penquis, finished his coaching career with 401 victories, including a 231-110 mark during his tenure with the Patriots.

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