ORONO, Maine — Two members of the 1964 College World Series baseball team, and the entire squad, are among those who will be inducted into the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.
The 10-member class includes standouts from baseball, football, basketball, track and field, men’s ice hockey, and athletic training, swelling its membership to 195.
The honorees are John Gillette, Ray Jacques, Jesse Labreck, Ron Lanza, Mark “Rookie” Letendre, Bill Livesey, Phil McGeoghan, Will Spencer, Amy Vachon and the ’64 baseball team.
The UMaine Sports Hall of Fame was selected by the M Club and approved by UMaine President Susan J. Hunter and interim athletic director Jim Settele. The induction dinner and ceremony will be held on Oct. 5 at the Black Bear Inn and Conference Center in Orono.
Gillette (Class of 1965), who will be honored posthumously, twice earned All-Yankee Conference honors, including the first team as a senior. The two-time State Series first-team pick averaged 19.6 points and 10.0 rebounds as a captain in 1964-65 and finished his career with 1,072 points averaging 17.3 points, fifth highest in UMaine history. Gillette grabbed 632 career rebounds and is second all time (10.2 rpg). He was a first baseman on Maine’s ’64 College World Series team and the three-year letterman boasted a .992 fielding percentage.
Jacques (1985) was late coach Shawn Walsh’s first men’s hockey captain. The right winger led the Black Bears in scoring in two seasons while totaling 46 goals and 82 assists in 125 career games. He was nominated as a senior for the Walter Brown Award given to the top New England-born college hockey player. Following his collegiate career, Jacques had a short stint with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.
Labreck (2013) is one of the most decorated track and field athletes in UMaine history. She won 12 America East individual titles and competed in three NCAA Championships. Labreck graduated with nine UMaine records in the indoor 60-meter hurdles, high jump and pentathlon while setting outdoor records in the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, triple jump and the heptathlon. She still holds the America East indoor record in the pentathlon, 60-meter hurdles and long jump.
Lanza (1966) played on Maine’s 1964 College World Series team and helped the football squad win a Yankee Conference title and a Tangerine Bowl berth in 1965. The first-team All-Yankee Conference and All-New England outfielder was UMaine’s top RBI producer. Lanza was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the first-ever Major League Baseball draft.
In football, Lanza was a co-recipient of the Harold Westerman Award given to the team MVP, presented to the team’s most valuable player. He served as a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps where he earned two Purple Hearts and the Naval Commendation Medal for his bravery and dedication.
Letendre (1978) served 18 years as an athletic trainer with the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees. Since 2000 he has been the director of umpire medical services for Major League Baseball. Letendre was named the National League athletic trainer at the 1987 and 1994 All-Star Games. In 2011, he was honored with the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society President’s Distinguished Service Award and in 2014 he was the recipient of the President Abram W. Harris Outstanding Alumni Award by the University of Maine Foundation.
Livesey (1962), a two-time, first-team All-Yankee Conference outfielder at UMaine, was a senior captain for head coach Jack Butterfield. He coached at Worcester Academy, Brown University and Eckerd College and was an assistant with the Black Bears from 1966-1968. He managed in the Cape Cod League, winning six league titles, and in 2002 was inducted into the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame as both a manager and player.
Livesey spent 18 years as a scout and vice president with the Yankees and oversaw the draft of such players as Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Bernie Williams. He later served as director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Rays from 1995-2001 before working for the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates. He was honored in 2012 with the George Genoese Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation.
McGeoghan (2008) ranks fifth on the football program’s career receiving yards list (2,343) and is fifth in receptions (151). He set the UMaine high jump record indoors (7 feet) and outdoors (7-0 1/4), the latter of which still stands, and claimed three America East individual titles and two New England championships.
McGeoghan spent four seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints. He joined the coaching ranks at UMaine and was a wide receivers coach at the University of South Florida and East Carolina along with stops with the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and the former San Diego Chargers.
Spencer (1961) was a six-time letter winner in track and a three-time Yankee Conference champion in the 880-yard run. He set the UMaine and field house record in the 600 (1 minute, 12.2 seconds) and was a member of UMaine’s record-setting 4×440-yard relay team. Outdoors, Spencer was a three-time State Series 880-yard champ and set a school and state record of 1:52.1.
Spencer spent 25 years in the Army, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel, and served two tours in Vietnam where he earned a Purple Heart, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.
Vachon (2000) was a two-time captain as a point guard who helped the Black Bears make four straight NCAA tournament appearances, including a first-round win over Stanford in 1999. Maine compiled an 87-35 record and won back-to-back America East championships during her last two seasons.
Vachon, inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2016, holds Maine records for assists in a season (234) and school and America East records for career assists (759). She rejoined the Black Bears as an assistant coach in 2011, was promoted to associate head coach in 2016, was named interim head coach in 2017 and became the head coach in March. She led UMaine to the 2018 America East championship and the program’s first NCAA tourney berth since 2004. She was named the America East Coach of the Year.
Butterfield’s 1964 baseball team joins the 1993 national champion men’s hockey team as the only full squads in the UMaine hall. The Black Bears captured the Yankee Conference championship and beat Northeastern in the District One playoffs before advancing to Maine’s first-ever NCAA College World Series. The Black Bears (21-8) reached the final round, defeating national power Southern California, defending national champion Arizona State and Seton Hall.
Pitcher Joe Ferris went undefeated in three NCAA games and was named the CWS Most Valuable Player. Third baseman David Thompson hit safely in every game and was an All-CWS pick.