Rossignol, Reed, Hamlin, Vachon among 52 with Maine ties set for New England basketball hall induction

Posted May 14, 2013, at 3:21 p.m.

WORCESTER, Mass. — Matt Rossignol, Roger Reed, Tony Hamlin and Amy Vachon are among 52 Maine-related players, coaches, contributors and teams that will be members of the 2013 New England Basketball Hall of Fame induction class.

Ceremonies formalizing the honor will be held June 22 at the DCU Center.

Rossignol, the former 2,000-point scorer from Van Buren High School who went on to play at the University of Maine and now coaches his daughter, Parise, at his high school alma mater, is one of three Maine high school boys basketball players to be inducted, along with former Lawrence of Fairfield star Mike McGee and Gary Towle of Cony of Augusta.

Vachon, a former Cony and University of Maine standout who now is an assistant coach at her college alma mater, will be inducted in the high school girls player category along with former Mt. Blue of Farmington standout Heather Ernest and Sarah Marshall of McAuley of Portland.

Reed, who coached at Bangor Christian and Bangor, where he led the Rams to eight Class A state championships, and Hamlin, who recently ended a 31-year coaching career highlighted by three state titles — including the 2013 Class C crown at his alma mater, Penquis Valley of Milo — are two of four boys high school coaches to be honored.

They are joined by former Medomak Valley of Waldoboro and Westbrook coach Art Dyer and longtime Cape Elizabeth coach Jim Ray.

Two girls basketball coaches, Heidi Deery of Rangeley and Gavin Kane of Dirigo of Dixfield and now Spruce Mountain of Jay-Livermore Falls, also will be inducted.

The 1985 Class B state championship Houlton girls squad and the 1960 Class A state championship Lewiston boys team will be inducted in the high school team categories.

Additional inductees will be recognized in numerous categories covering a variety of levels of the sport.

Named in the Icon category are former Brunswick High School Parade All-American and ex-University of Maine women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie, former Colby College men’s basketball coach Dick Whitmore and one-time Bowdoin College star Edward “Bo” McFarland.

The Pathfinder Award will be presented to South Portland native Brett Brown, former head coach of the Australian national team and currently an assistant coach for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.

College honorees include the following: Jim Stephenson and Jamie Cassidy of the University of Maine (Division I players); Brian McCall and Sharon Versyp of UMaine (Division I coaches); Al Sokaitis, University of Southern Maine (Division II coach); Chris Jerome and Robert Patterson of Bowdoin, Steve Schuler and John Wassenberg of Saint Joseph’s, John Jordan of USM, Herb Taylor of Bates and Kevin Whitmore of Colby (Division III men’s players); Joanna Brown and Ashley Marble of USM, Eileen Flaherty of Bowdoin and Therese Langlois of Colby (Division III women’s players); and Tim Gilbride of Bowdoin and Jim Murphy (Division III coaches).

Former Mount View of Thorndike and University of Maine star Emily Ellis, ex-York High School and University of Vermont player Lani Boardman-Silversides, Jim Graffam of Saint Joseph’s College and Larry Schiner of the University of Maine and New Jersey City College are to be recognized in the Ronald S. Perry Category, which honors individuals who have achieved distinction in two or more categories.

Scholar-athlete honorees are Heather Marandola of Mount View High School and Swathmore College, Andrew Hippert of Bowdoin College, Joseph Jabar of Colby College and former U.S. Sen. William S. Cohen of Bangor and Bowdoin College.

Also being inducted are Bob Cimbollek of Bangor, Eddie Griffin of South Portland and Deb Smith of the Maine Senior Games (Contributors); George Hale (Media); Carl Merrill (Referee); Bob Whytock (Administrator), Thomas Gibson of Maine Semi-Pro League (Semi-Professional); and Portland Expo (Gymnasium of Distinction).

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