Lee to start Athletic Hall of Fame; postgrad basketball coach named

Posted July 15, 2011, at 2:20 p.m.
Last modified July 15, 2011, at 7:02 p.m.

Lee Academy is joining a rapidly increasing number of schools statewide to establish an athletic hall of fame to honor star student-athletes and individuals who have made a positive impact on the school and community.

The first induction is scheduled for Oct. 1 in conjunction with the academy’s first homecoming celebration, according to Lee athletic director Randy Harris.

Criteria for selection to the Lee Academy Athletic Hall of Fame as a student-athlete are the following: superior accomplishments while at Lee Academy such as all-state, all-conference or other significant accolades; must have graduated from the academy at least five years prior to nomination; and has clearly demonstrated integrity, sportsmanship and citizenship before and after graduation.

Coaches, and administrators and special contributors also may be nominated based on the following criteria: Significant contributions to the athletic program, taking into account longevity, overall coaching record and championships; and must be retired from their position at Lee Academy.

On rare occasions, teams also may be inducted.

Candidates for the inaugural class may be nominated through Aug. 1, and nomination forms may be obtained from the main office at Lee Academy or on the school’s website. Once a person has been nominated, as long as he or she is deemed worthy of nomination by the selection committee, the nomination stays on file and will be considered each year. The selection committee will meet in August to vote on the inductees.

The Lee Academy Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2011 will be inducted on Saturday evening, Oct. 1, culminating a day full of homecoming events on campus that will include alumni soccer games in the morning and a varsity soccer doubleheader against Schenck of East Millinocket in the afternoon, followed by a hall of fame dinner and an award ceremony for the inaugural inductees.

For more information on the Lee Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, contact Harris at 290-7844, 738-5045 or at randyharris@leeacademy.org.

Gaither takes Lee postgrad post

Deshon Gaither, an assistant coach for the Lee Academy postgraduate basketball team last winter, has been named the program’s new head coach, according to Bruce Lindberg, the school’s headmaster.

Gaither replaces Andrew Papaefthemiou, who has taken a job as an assistant basketball coach at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.

Before arriving at Lee last year Gaither’s coaching career took both domestic and international paths.

He served as the head assistant men’s basketball coach at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., under former Maine Central Institute coach Max Good. While there Gaither helped Bryant qualify for the NCAA Division II tournament for five consecutive years, highlighted by a run to the DII national championship game in 2005.

Before taking the Bryant job, Gaither was an assistant coach for the Carolina Thunder of the American Basketball Association, and during that time also was an advance player scout for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats as well as international teams in France and Belgium.

The South Bend, Ind., native also has served as head assistant basketball coach in Guelph, Ontario, with the Ontario Professional Basketball League, a team that went 36-0 en route to the league championship. Eight of his former players are playing professionally in Europe.

Gaither also spent two years as head coach of the Barat College men’s basketball team in Lake Forest, Ill.

In addition to serving as head coach of the Lee postgraduate team, Gaither also will be part of the residential life team at Lee.

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