Bob Brown, who has been coaching basketball for more than 40 years, is among five people who will be inducted next month into the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame.
Carroll LaHaye, Jeff Hart and Dean Erickson also will be honored, while Bob Morrill will be inducted posthumously.
The induction ceremony and banquet are scheduled for Oct. 16 at the Rockland Elks Lodge.
Brown’s teams have amassed 583 victories during a career that has included the high school and college ranks. He coached basketball at Rockland High from 1968-74 and served as the Tigers’ athletic director and golf coach.
Brown also coached at Belgrade, Williams (Oakland), South Portland, Edward Little, Bonny Eagle and Cheverus. His teams made 28 tournament appearances and won six regional titles and four state championships. He also coached at St. Anselm, the University of Southern Maine and Boston University.
LaHaye, 1973 graduate of Medomak Valley High in Waldoboro, is among the most successful Division III women’s basketball coaches of all time.
She attended the University of Maine at Machias, where her basketball number was retired. In 1982, LaHaye became the head coach at Randolph-Macon in Ashland, Va., where she has won 471 games through 28 seasons, which ranks 15th all-time in the NCAA Division III women’s basketball. LaHaye’s team has had 18 straight winning seasons, seven Old Dominion Athletic Conference regular-season titles and eight NCAA Division III tournament appearances. LaHaye’s Yellow Jackets have been to the Sweet 16 four times, the Elite 8 twice and the national championship game once (2005).
Morrill, who died in 1997, taught and coached at Rockland District High School for 39 years, leading the Tigers baseball team to the 1989 Class B state championship. He also coached varsity football and varsity and JV basketball during his career. He lettered in four sports in high school at Farmington and also attended Farmington Teachers’ College.
Hart, who attended Mt. Blue High School and the University of Maine, has led the Windjammers basketball program since 1983 and is closing in on his 400th career win. He has led Camden-Rockport and Camden Hills to 397 wins and 23 Eastern Maine Class B Tournament appearances, capturing eight Eastern Maine crowns and five state championships. Hart’s teams have also won 11 KVAC championships and he has been named Coach of the Year twice in his career.
Erickson was a standout point guard for Art Dyer’s Medomak Valley teams in the mid-1970s, helping lead the Panthers to the 1975 and 1977 Class B state finals, winning the gold ball in 1977. Erickson scored 594 points and handed out 375 assists during his career at Medomak Valley, with the Panthers going 65-7 during that period. Erickson was a first-team selection on the BDN All-Maine basketball team in 1977. Erickson continued his basketball career at Brown University, playing three seasons for the Ivy League school.
The hall will also name its Midcoast High School Male and Female Student Athletes of the Year for 2010 during the banquet. The boys finalists are Cameron Gartley and Tyler McFarland of Camden Hills, Alex MacKenzie of Medomak Valley, Dylan Meklin and Alexander Young of Rockland. The girls finalists are Erin Cooper of North Haven, Danielle Frye of Georges Valley, Haylie Kinney of Rockland, and Lianne McClusky and Maddy Smeaton from Camden Hills.
Tickets for the Oct. 16 banquet at the Rockland Elks Lodge are $25 apiece and are available by calling committee members: Dave Ames at 789-5118, Sue Wootton at 236-4155, Neil Lash at 832-4211, Lou Cook at 785-4782 or Ashley Hunt at 594-7202. More details can also be found at the Hall’s website, www.midcoastsportshalloffame.com. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the inductions get under way at 7 p.m.