BANGOR, Maine — Two-sports athletes Dawn Doucette-Kaplan and Tom Coughlan will lead this year’s inductees for the Husson University Sports Hall of Fame.
Field hockey and softball player Doucette-Kaplan and Coughlan, who played basketball and soccer, will be inducted Friday, Nov. 21 during a ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn along with volleyball player Anne Polk, baseball athlete James Zukowski, football player David Chase and the school’s 1989 men’s basketball team.
“This group constitutes individuals and a team that hold special places in Husson ‘s athletic history,” Husson University Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi said in a news release.
Coughlan is being inducted posthumously.
Doucette-Kaplan was part of the field hockey program’s first team in 1997 and led the team to winning records in three of her four years. She notched 20 goals and 20 assists in 33 games while serving twice as team captain. She was also named all-conference in softball in 1998 and was a two-time captain. She is the first field hockey player to be inducted into Husson’s Hall. She was a four-time member of the Dean’s List and earned Husson’s Business Award in 2001.
Coughlan was Husson’s starting center on the Northeast College Conference championship teams in 1963 and 1964. He was named the winner of the Nelson Degrasse Awards for outstanding senior on the team after averaging 15.5 points per game during the 1963-64 season. He also set records at the time for most free throws made (10 vs. Ricker) and most rebounds in a game (22 against New Haven College) during his senior campaign. Coughlan also starred on the soccer team as a senior. He was the starting goalkeeper and led the team to a 6-1 season while making 70 saves and an 89.7 save percentage and a pair of shutouts.
Polk was a three-time All-North Atlantic Conference first-team selection (2003-05) on the volleyball team, which achieved a record of 57-30 record in those three seasons. She holds the school-record for attack percentage with 40.1 and is second in aces with 307. She also ranks third in program history with 821 kills and is seventh in total attacks with 1,625. Her 386 kills in 2005 are still a program-record as is her .483 attack percentage in 2005 and her 132 aces in 2004.
Zukowski, a pitcher, led Husson to a conference championship as a freshman in 1997, recording the win in the title game. As a sophomore, he was named an NAIA All-Region pick and led the Eagles to a second conference title. The following season he was named All-Conference, All-Region, and honorable mention NAIA All-American. As a senior, he helped lead the team to another spot in the league final. He ranks tied for third all-time at Husson for wins in a season (6 in 1999), third in complete games in a season (7 in 1998), tied for fourth in career wins (20), fourth in complete games (18) and fourth in innings pitched (221.2).
Chase was a two-time captain for the Eagles’ football team in 2005 and 2006 and led the team to a win over Division I-AA LaSalle in 2006. He is the all-time leader in pass attempts (573), pass completions (256), passing yards (3,450), passing touchdowns (31) and pass yards per game (104.5).
Husson Hall of Fame head coach Bruce MacGregor’s 1989 Husson men’s basketball team notched a program-record 35-3 record, reaching as high as a No. 4 ranking in the national polls.
The team won 16 straight to open the season, and went on to win the Western Maine Athletic Conference title, the NAIA District V title and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament. The team averaged over 101 points per game while outscoring their opponents by an average of 35 points. The team featured four Husson Hall members: Buster Frederick, Mark Taylor, Shawn Bolden and Bobby Campbell. The team still holds school records for total points scored in a season (3,860), most field goals made (1,531), most attempts (3,084), highest three-point percentage (43.9 percent), most rebounds (1,766), most assists (988), most steals (561) and most 100-point games (22).
The Hall’s dinner is set for 5-6:30 p.m., with inductions starting at 6:45 p.m. Those seeking more information may contact Janice Clark at 207-941-7026.