Dick Whitmore guided the Colby College men’s basketball team to 637 victories during his 40-year career on Mayflower Hill in Waterville, enough to rank seventh all-time among NCAA Division III coaches.
But when his players reflect on their experiences with Whitmore, the recollections have more to do with relationships than wins and losses — relationships that continue long after their competitive basketball careers have concluded.
“Coach Whitmore is everywhere,” said Chris Vickers, a Caribou native and 1987 Colby College graduate who played for Whitmore. “He’s at our weddings, our funerals, with our families. He’s emailing and calling and sending notes. It’s incredible the level of attention that he pays us, and it doesn’t matter if you were all-American or never got on the floor. That’s not what this relationship is all about.”
Whitmore’s former players recently expressed their gratitude for their coach’s efforts by raising $2.1 million to endow the Richard L. Whitmore Jr. Head Coach for Colby Men’s Basketball position within the college’s athletic department.
Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...
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