UMaine basketball star among 10 inductees for Maine Principals’ Association Hall of Excellence

In this December 2012 file photo, Rhode Island assistant basketball coach Cindy Blodgett cheers on her team during the game against Delaware in Kingston, Rhode Island.
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In this December 2012 file photo, Rhode Island assistant basketball coach Cindy Blodgett cheers on her team during the game against Delaware in Kingston, Rhode Island.
Posted May 14, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Former Lawrence of Fairfield and University of Maine basketball star Cindy Blodgett, coaching legends Bob Brown and Dwight Littlefield, and Maine basketball commissioner Peter Webb will be among the first 10 inductees into the Maine Principals’ Association Hall of Excellence.

Other inductees to be recognized for contributions to interscholastic activities around the state are longtime Brewer track and field coach and official Dave Jeffrey, former Old Town coach and athletic administrator Bob Lahey, formerexecutive directors of the Maine Secondary School Principals’ Association and Maine Principals’ Association Horace McGowan and Richard Tyler, longtime Wells athletic administrator Marty Ryan, and veteran sports official and rules interpreter Bob White.

The inductees will be recognized during a ceremony at 6 p.m. May 20 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Blodgett is a 1995 graduate of Lawrence High School in Fairfield and a 1999 graduate of the University of Maine in Orono. While at Lawrence, she led her team to four consecutive Class A basketball state championships and was a four-year Bangor Daily News All-Maine selection. During her senior year, she was selected as Miss Maine Basketball and became the all-time scoring leader (both male and female) in state history with 2,596 points. She was a high school All-American. She went on to become only the second woman in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in scoring for two years, and she finished her career at the University of Maine as the NCAA’s seventh-leading career scorer. In 1998, Blodgett was drafted by the WNBA’s Cleveland Rockers and played professionally for six seasons before entering the college coaching ranks.

Brown began coaching basketball in 1960, and during his career, he collected more than 600 wins and numerous regional and state championships in the high school ranks. He has been recognized on 21 occasions as a coach of the year recipient, and he has been inducted into seven different Halls of Fame. Brown also was a successful college coach with stints at Saint Anselm and Boston University.

Jeffrey is a 1972 graduate of Brewer High School and a graduate of the University of Maine. In 1979, he returned to his high school alma mater, as a special education teacher, a position he still holds. Jeffrey coached indoor and outdoor track for 24 years, winning eight state championships, 23 Eastern Maine titles, and numerous conference crowns. He earned track and field coach of the year honors on seven different occasions. He also has served as meet director at the Eastern Maine cross country championships race for nearly 30 years. Jeffrey was the driving force behind Brewer Timing Services, a company that provides fully automatic timing using state-of-the-art technology at state and regional cross country and indoor and outdoor track meets.

Lahey served as an athletic administrator for 20 years, finishing his career at Old Town High School until his death on Dec. 9, 1994. Locally, he served his community in many capacities, including co-creator of the Maine Center for Coaching Education and president of the Old Town Rotary Club. He served as liaison of the Maine Principals’ Association interscholastic division’s executive committee and as a member of its reclassification and sports season policy committees. He was chosen as executive director of the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators’ Association in 1978, a position he held until his death. He was inducted into the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame in 2010.

Littlefield began his teaching and coaching career in Searsport and spent his final 31 years at Valley High School in Bingham, where he coached the boys basketball team to 471 victories and from 1997 to 2002 led the Cavaliers to 101 consecutive wins. Valley won 21 conference crowns, 16 Western Maine titles and six state championships consecutively from 1998 to 2003. He also has been inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

McGowan served for 10 years as the executive director of the Maine Secondary School Principals’ Association, a forerunner of the Maine Principals’ Association. He also was a member of the Maine Curriculum Committee and the National Curriculum Advisory Board. McGowan served as principal at Princeton High School, Porter High School, (now Sacopee Valley) and Camden-Rockport High School. He also was a consultant in the Maine Department of Education’s Division of Secondary Education.

Ryan began his 34-year career in education as a teacher and coach in Wells in 1979. He became the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s executive director in 1993, and he was an advocate for professional development and athletic administrator recognition. In that role, Ryan partnered with the Maine Principals’ Association on committees and in chairing events. In 2000-01, he served as the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association president. Ryan has been honored at the local, state, regional and national levels, including induction into the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame.

Tyler is the former executive director of what was then the Maine Secondary School Principals’ Association, and during his 17-year tenure, the Maine Secondary School Principals’ Association and the Maine Elementary Principals’ Association merged into the Maine Principals’ Association. Tyler began his career in education in 1961 as a teacher, coach, athletic director and administrative assistant in Concord, New Hampshire. From 1966-70, he was a junior high school principal in Oyster River, New Hampshire. He then moved on to become principal at Morse High School in Bath until joining the Maine Secondary School Principals’ Association in 1984.

Webb served as a teacher and school administrator for more than 25 years until retiring from education in 1985, but he is better known for a long and storied officiating career during which he worked more than 800 regular-season baseball games; more than 100 regular-season softball games and more than 1,500 varsity basketball games. Webb was a board-certified baseball umpire for 44 years and recently exceeded 50 years as a basketball official. He served as the state’s assistant basketball commissioner for 13 years before becoming commissioner, a position he has held for the last 25 years. Webb’s work with the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials has included serving on its executive committee for 13 years — with a stint as president in 2002.

White has contributed significantly with distinction to Maine interscholastic activities for more than 45 years as an educator, soccer official and rules interpreter. After graduating from Springfield College in 1956, he began establishing his stamp on soccer and wrestling. He not only officiated a combination of more than 1,000 contests, he served as the state’s soccer rules interpreter for more than three decades. White has been recognized at the local, state and national levels, including being inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations in 2012.

 

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