May 20, 2019
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Olympic gold medal swimmer among 2017 Maine Sports Hall of Fame inductees

PORTLAND, MAINE — Longtime ice hockey coach Norm Gagne, Olympic swimmer Ian Crocker and Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown are among 12 sports greats who will be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

The other honorees include Richard “Dick” Capp, Bob Bahre, Angela Bancroft, Dan Burke, Leslie Bancroft-Krichko, Sarah Marshall Ryan, Tom Reynolds, Anna Willard and three members of the Hutchins family, father Glenn and sons Kyle and Jay.

The 2017 honorees will be recognized at the 42nd Maine Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, in Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

Gagne, with more than 700 victories, is second all-time in career wins in the history of U.S. high school ice hockey. In 41 years at Gardiner, Waterville, Gorham, Lewiston and Scarborough, his teams have won seven state championships and averaged more than 17 wins per season. In three of the last five years — 2011, 2012 and 2015 — he was voted Bob Boucher Coach of the Year. His winning percentage is nearly 70 percent.

Portland’s Crocker is a five-time Olympic medalist who set world records in the 50- and 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle. The Cheverus High School graduate earned his first gold medals at age 18 at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. The eight-time World Champion also medaled at the 2004 Athens Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the University of Texas, Crocker was the 2004 NCAA Swimmer of the Year.

Brown, coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, will join his father, Bob Brown in the Hall of Fame. Before coaching the 76ers, Brown was an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs when they won four NBA titles. Brown also coached in Australia and guided the Australian National Team at the 2012 Olympics in London. He played at Boston University under coach Rick Pitino and was a two-time, all-state pick at South Portland High School.

Capp of Portland is a Super Bowl champion. He played linebacker for Green Bay and recovered a fumble in the first-ever Super Bowl in 1967, when the Packers topped Kansas City. At Deering High School, Capp captained the 1959 state champion football team and was a state champion high jumper. He attended Worcester Academy, where he starred in football and basketball and earned a basketball scholarship to Boston College, where he played for Bob Cousy. Capp also played football for Boston College and was drafted by the Boston Patriots.

Marshall Ryan of Falmouth led the Boston College women’s basketball team to the Sweet 16. She was a two-time captain for the Eagles. The Catherine McAuley High School graduate was a three-time All-State player, two-time Maine Gatorade Player of the Year and two-time state champion.

Bahre has been a force on the national auto-racing scene. In 1990, he brought a Busch Series race to the New Hampshire International Motor Speedway that he built in Loudon. In 1993, Loudon earned a spot on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. In the 1960s, Bahre purchased Oxford Plains Speedway and turned it into a major racing venue.

Bancroft of Norway is a world-class Ironman competitor and certified triathlon coach. The former swimmer at the University of Vermont began running marathons. In 2011, she placed seventh at the Ironman World Championship.

Burke, who will be inducted posthumously, established the Portland Sea Dogs baseball franchise in 1994. It is now the Boston Red Sox’s Class AA affiliate. In 2014, Portland was named the Best Minor League Baseball Town in America and the Sea Dogs were Baseball America’s Team of the Year.

Jay Hutchins of Cumberland played professional soccer for the Charlotte Gold and was a three-time All-New England player at Boston College. Kyle Hutchins played professionally for the Dallas Tornado and New York Eagles and was an All-New England player at Providence College and the University of Southern Maine. Glenn Hutchins coached them both at Greely High School in Cumberland Center, where a field is named in his honor.

Bancroft-Krichko skied for the U.S. Nordic team at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid and at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, where she placed eighth in the 4×5-kilometer cross-country relay. At Oxford Hills High School in South Paris, Krichko won cross-country skiing state crowns and Skimeister awards. He was an All-American at the University of Vermont.

Reynolds built a competitive Alpine ski program at the University of Maine at Farmington over the course of 30 years. He guided his squads to four collegiate Alpine championships and three Canadian-American collegiate championships. Reynolds also was an associate coach for the U.S. Ski Team.

Willard of Greenwood set the U.S. women’s record for the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2008 U.S. Olympic track and field trials. The Olympian was a standout at Telstar High School in Bethel, Brown University and the University of Michigan. The diverse middle-distance runner is a multi-time U.S. champion and was the 2007 NCAA outdoor champion.


Correction: This story has been updated to include an inductee who was left off the release sent on Tuesday by the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

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