Abuse allegations preceded Ordman Alley’s ouster from Maine sports halls of fame

Posted Aug. 23, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
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Jonesport-Beals coach Ordman Alley yells to his players during a basketball game in this February 2003 file photo.
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Jonesport-Beals coach Ordman Alley yells to his players during a basketball game in this February 2003 file photo.

BANGOR, Maine — Allegations of sexual abuse against famed Jonesport-Beals High School basketball coach Ordman Alley precipitated his recent removal from two Maine athletic halls of fame, multiple sources told the Bangor Daily News on Friday.

The alleged abuse occurred when Alley was a teacher at the Cove School, an elementary-middle school, in Jonesport during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Two alleged victims, both former students at the school, came forward to hall of fame officials with allegations against Alley.

Multiple attempts by the Bangor Daily News to reach Alley for comment since the allegations came forward have been unsuccessful.

One alleged victim, a 58-year-old woman originally from Jonesport, wrote letters containing her allegations of abuse against Alley to both the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, after Alley was announced as a member of the basketball hall of fame’s first inductees.

A member of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame’s board of directors confirmed to the BDN that they received the alleged victim’s letter, and that it was her allegations that led to Alley’s induction being rescinded.

In an interview with the Bangor Daily News on Friday, the woman said her family at the time had dissuaded her from reporting the abuse to authorities, because of possible repercussions in the community.

She said she contacted the halls of fame to prevent someone she believes preyed on her from receiving more accolades for his coaching career.

After writing the letters, she participated in a lengthy conference call with the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame’s board of directors to discuss her allegations and Alley’s induction. This conference call was confirmed by a member of the hall of fame’s board.

Another alleged victim, also 58 and originally from Jonesport, told the Bangor Daily News that she was sexually abused by Alley and that she relayed her story to officials with the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame as well. This, too, was confirmed by a member of the hall of fame’s board.

The Bangor Daily News is not naming these women because they might be victims of sexual assault.

Steve Pound, chairman of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame, told the Bangor Daily News on Friday that the entire 18-member board of directors voted in April to rescind Alley’s inclusion into the hall.

Pound, however, declined to reveal the rationale for the vote or the voting margin.

The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame held its first induction ceremony Thursday night when it inducted 22 members.

Dick Whitmore, president of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, confirmed on Friday that he was contacted by Maine Basketball Hall of Fame administrators regarding allegations about Alley in May.

Then, in June, the executive committee of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame voted to remove Alley from their hall. Whitmore said the meeting of the five-member executive committee was a special session, during which they considered information brought to them by the basketball hall of fame and a second source.

“We had also been contacted by another source [in addition to the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame],” Whitmore said. “We did our due diligence.”

Whitmore also declined to comment on the specific circumstances that led to Alley’s removal.

Alley became the second inductee to be ousted from the Maine Sports Hall of Fame after former Husson University basketball great Dana Wilson was removed in 2013.

Wilson, who had been inducted in 2012, was found guilty on July of possession of child pornography.

Whitmore had released a statement at the time of Wilson’s revocation, saying, “The Maine Sports Hall of Fame takes great pride in formally honoring and memorializing Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and specialty to the state of Maine.”

Whitmore said the two situations are different, which prevented him from releasing a statement outlining the rationale behind their decision to remove Alley.

“[The Wilson case] was adjudicated. [Alley] hasn’t been,” explained Whitmore.

Alley also is a member of the University of Maine at Machias Hall of Fame, and a university spokesperson said he is still a member of their hall. He was inducted into the UMM Hall of Fame in 2012.

The 72-year-old Alley, a graduate of Beals High School and Washington State Teachers College, which is now UMM, led the Jonesport-Beals High School boys to nine state Class D championships and 13 Eastern Maine titles in 39 years.

He amassed more than 550 victories before retiring from coaching in 2005.

 

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