The Biddeford School Athletic Department has established the “Biddeford Athletic Hall of Honor” as an avenue to pay tribute and honor to outstanding Student Athletes, Coaches, and Contributors for their achievements and/or contributions to Biddeford Athletics.
The criteria and applications are listed below:
Biddeford Athletics Hall of Honor – Criteria
Biddeford Athletics Hall of Honor – Athlete Application
Biddeford Athletics Hall of Honor – Coach Application
Biddeford Athletics Hall of Honor – Contributor Application
“It is an honor to recognize such amazing athletes that have continued on to do great things,” stated BHS Principal Jeremie Sirois. “The Selection Committee has shared with me how challenging it is to narrow down the choices with so many deserving individuals. They strive to choose from different eras and genders for a well-balanced Class of 2016.”
Nicole Binette (Passeggio) participated in field hockey and indoor and outdoor track and field. She won state championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998 earning earned All-Conference and All-State recognition in each track season of her high school career. Nicole also finished second academically in her class. She was selected as a Scholar Athlete of the Year by the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and her academic success afforded her the opportunity to attend the University of Maine on scholarship. While at UMaine, she was the Rookie of the Year in 1999 and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2002 with a degree in Nursing. Nicole is currently a Registered Nurse at Mass General Hospital in Boston.
Jennifer Dutremble participated in field hockey, basketball, and softball. In field hockey she was an All-SMAA and All-State selection in 2004 and 2005. In her senior year she was selected to the Cape Cod Classic and Palm Springs, CA Classic. On the softball field, she was an All-SMAA selection in 2004, 2005 and 2006. She was selected to the All-State team in 2005 and 2006 and named the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2006. Also in 2006, she was named a 2nd team EAS All-American. Upon graduation, Jennifer first attended Hofstra University on a softball scholarship. She was a 1st team Academic All-American. She later transferred to Boston College and obtained her degree in Life Science in 2010. She now works for Imprevada.
Guy Garon participated in football, basketball, and baseball. On the football field, Guy led his team to the 1958 state title. In 1959, the Portland Press Herald selected him to receive the Thom McAn Award as Maine’s most outstanding football player. Sporting News recognized him with a citation for being an Honorable Mention selection to the National HS All-America Team. On the basketball court, he earned three varsity letters and was named to the 1959 New England Catholic Tournament All-Tournament team. On the baseball diamond, he played for the 1956 Telegram League Champions and in 1958 was selected as an All-Conference player at second base. Upon graduation, he attended Boston College and played defensive back for the Eagles. He earned his History Degree from BC and has coached football at a variety of levels with this past year finishing his 53rd year as a coach.
Lloyd LaFountain participated in football and basketball. Lloyd was an Honorable Mention All-Maine football player as a sophomore and 1st team in his final two seasons. He was the only underclassman chosen as a 1st team recipient. On the basketball court he was a four-year starter and was known to be an aggressive rebounder and capable scorer. At the conclusion of the 1948 Western Maine tournament, he was selected to the All-Tournament team. His team reached the Western Maine Final in that year. As a BHS student, Lloyd was President of the Student Council, Editor-in-Chief of the Olympian and served a year as Class President. Lloyd was a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the School of Law. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, had his own private law practice and served as County Attorney for York. He was also appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to be the US Attorney for the District of Maine. In 1974, he was a candidate for Governor of Maine.
Aimee Mortenson (Price) participated in basketball and softball. On the basketball court she played varsity basketball all four years and garnered All-Conference honors each year. In 2009, she was selected to play in the Maine McDonald’s High School All-Star Game at Husson College. She finished her high school career with 1,129 career points and is one of five girls to achieve 1,000 career points at Biddeford High School. On the softball field Aimee again played at the varsity level all four years and made All-Conference in each of those years. In 2009, she was selected to the All-State team. Upon graduation, Aimee attended Husson University and played four years of softball. She made the All-Conference team in each of those years. She was the 2010 NAC Conference Rookie of the Year and in 2011 the NAC Conference Player of the Year. She received her degree in Educational Studies. Aimee is currently employed by the Westbrook School Department as an Educational Technician.
Robert “Bobby” Parisien participated in football, basketball, and baseball. As a football player, Bobby was awarded the James J. Fitzpatrick trophy, the Gatorade Player of the Year, named a Maine Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete, the Portland Press Herald MVP, US Today All-American Honorable Mention, and Gridiron Greats National All-Star. He amassed career numbers of 4,316 passing yards, 1,589 rushing yards and combined for 48 total touchdowns. As a basketball and baseball player, he earned SMAA All-Conference and All-Academic. Upon graduation, Bobby went on to play at Brown University. He became a stellar defensive player and as a junior was named All-Ivy Honorable Mention and led the defense with 71 tackles. In his senior year, he earned Brown’s Frederick “Fritz” Pollard Award for demonstrating a relentless pursuit of gridiron achievement in the tradition of Fritz Pollard. He graduated with a degree in Economics in 2003 and went on to study pre-med at New York University and later Tufts University School of Medicine, graduating with a Medical Doctorate in 2013. He is currently an Orthopedic Surgery Resident.
Kay Saucier (Peace) participated in basketball. Girls basketball in its early days had very different rules. Each team of six had three defensive and three offensive players and players were not allowed to dribble more than three times. Kay typically averaged 30 points per game and by the time she was a senior her teams began to win consistently. She garnered most of her attention as a state foul shooting champion in 1958, 1959, and 1960. Kay is a graduate of Keene State College and also earned advanced degrees from Springfield College and Boston University. Kay was the first women’s basketball coach in Keene State’s history and had the best winning percentage (.790) of any Keene basketball coach. She was also on the Physical Education staff and had been the women’s athletic coordinator. She was instrumental in adding the words “varsity” and “intercollegiate” to the Owls’ athletic program. Kay is a member of the Keene State Hall of Fame.
Alfred Waterhouse was inducted as a contributor to Biddeford High School. In 1929 Alfred, with some local investors, purchased land that was to be used for local high school athletics. In 1931, during the Great Depression many of the investor’s pledges went unpaid. With the mortgage on the field in default, Alfred, a modest hardware store worker, poured huge sums of money into the investment of the field. For many decades Waterhouse Field was considered the epicenter of Maine High School football. Waterhouse Field has been the host site of several Western Maine Championship games and the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic. The tradition of the field is well known as documented by the many success stories that surround the facility. Without the contributions of Alfred Waterhouse back in the 1930’s, the student athletes of Biddeford High School would not have been afforded the opportunity to play in such a sacred facility.
Dr. James Aguiar, a 1965 graduate of Biddeford High School, played all four years on the football and wrestling teams. He was a two-time state wrestling champ at 165 pounds and the school’s first All-State football player. Jim attended Boston University on a football scholarship. He also helped start a wrestling program at BU. He earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Oregon and coached football.
In 1974, Jim was hired as an assistant professor of health education, assistant football coach, and head wrestling coach at Plymouth State. He became head football coach in 1981. In 1986, Jim earned his doctorate in education from Boston University. In 1987, he went on to teach and coach wrestling at Moorhead State University (MN). In 1988, he taught at Ithaca College. In 2005, he was elected to the State House of Representatives in New Hampshire.
Jim returned to Plymouth State as an assistant wrestling coach. Recently, he was inducted into the Maine Hall of Fame, the New England Wrestling Hall of Fame, and won the Maine Amateur Wrestling Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In honor of his longstanding contributions, Plymouth State established the annual “Jim Aguiar Wrestling Tournament”.
Sarah Conroy, A 2002 graduate of Biddeford High School, was a 3-sport standout athlete participating in field hockey, basketball, and softball.
In her senior year At Biddeford High School Sarah was named to the Maine McDonald’s Academic All-State Basketball Team as well as the All-State Field Hockey team. In her softball-pitching career she recorded 500 strikeouts and compiled an ERA under 1.00. In 2002, Sarah was the recipient of the Brother Richard Hebert Award, presented to the top graduating female athlete.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude and sixth in her class of 180, Sarah enrolled at Tufts University where she pitched for the Jumbos’ softball team for 4 years and was named captain as a senior. She was named to the NESCAC All-Academic team in both her junior and senior years and finished her college career with a 24 and 8 record and ERA of 2.69. In her junior year, Sarah was the recipient of the Tufts University Frederick Melvin Ellis Prize. This award is given to students who have “demonstrated marked athletic versatility, a modest manner, successful academic achievement and the potential for effective leadership of youth”.
Sarah graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006 and remained to finish her Master’s Degree in Education in 2008. She currently teaches and coaches in Brookline, MA.
Richard “Dick” Dion graduated from St. Louis High School in 1962 and attended Bowling Green State University. Dick played a leadership role both on and off the fields. He served as Class President his senior year. He was a three-year starter in both football and baseball. As a football player he was a linebacker, tackle, and place kicker. In his senior year, Dick was selected captain of the football team and helped to lead the 1961 Eagles to an undefeated season and Class A State Championship by defeating Deering High School. According to the Maine Sunday Telegram, he was selected to the Class A All-State Team. Dick was an outstanding baseball player throughout his high school career earning him All Star status. As a third baseman and catcher, he was the Portland Telegram League Batting Champion in 1961. With numbers that hadn’t been seen in 15 years prior, Dick was known for his timely extra base hitting, while recording an impressive .482 batting average.
Dick has been committed to Biddeford Athletics through his involvement as a member of the St. Louis Alumni, who annually award Biddeford High School seniors with college scholarships. He spent many hours volunteering as a member of the Biddeford Athletic Association. Dick served on the committee that secured funding and placement of lights at the Waterhouse Field. He was very active in his two children’s athletic careers at Biddeford High School and continues to be a fan of Biddeford athletics by cheering on his grandchildren.
Joey Drapeau was a 1998 graduate of Biddeford High School. While at Biddeford High School, Joey lettered in 4 varsity sports (football, baseball, hockey, and track). On the football field, he was a 3-year starter on offense and defense. He was selected as an All-Conference and All-State running back in his junior and senior seasons. He lead the SMAA in scoring his senior year, was a Fitzpatrick Trophy Semi-Finalist, and a Lobster Bowl starter.
On the baseball diamond, Joey was a 3-year starter. He was the catcher as a sophomore for the 1996 Western Maine Championship team. As a senior, he was selected as an All-Conference and All-State third baseman. He was also a USA Today All-American. Joey was selected team MVP for football and baseball as a senior and received the BHS Steven White Award in 1998.
After high school, Joey accepted a baseball scholarship to play at the University of Maine. While at Orono, he was a 3-time Baseball America Magazine Division 1 All-American. Joey was selected 4 times to the All-New England and All-America East Conference teams and was the America East Conference Rookie of the Year in 2000. He finished 2nd on the UMaine career homeruns list with 50 and holds the freshman single season record with 16 HR’s. Joey was honored as the University’s M Club winner for best career athlete in 2003. He had the opportunity to play at Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium during his college career. Joey currently lives in Biddeford with his wife Jennifer and daughter Brynn.
Gary Dube was a 1984 graduate of Biddeford High School where he graduated 25th in a graduating class of 325. He was surrounded by the region’s best athletes and received legendary coaching from Mike Landry, Ron Cote, and Dr. John Winkin at the University of Maine, Orono. His teams won championships throughout his school career. In his senior year, the Tiger teams won both the 1983 Class A Football State Championship and the 1984 Class A Baseball State Championship. Gary had a touchdown reception and 2 pass interceptions in the State Champion football game and had 2 base hits, took 2 walks, stole 2 bases, and scored 3 runs in the State Championship baseball game. Gary was named a First Team All-State Running Back in football and recipient of baseball’s Fred Harlow Award.
Gary went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1988 from the University of Maine at Orono. He lettered 4 years at UMaine, a national Top 20 baseball program, and Black Bear games were featured on ESPN several times including the game where Gary had the game winning hit in the 10th inning to beat the University of Miami – the #1 ranked team in the country at the time. He was also the pivot man at 2nd base on an around-the-horn triple play, which was Maine’s first ever triple play. Gary played in the 1986 Division 1 College Baseball World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. He played baseball until age 36 in the Portland Twilight Baseball League where he was a League MVP; playing in 450 games and 12 championships over 15 seasons. Gary Dube was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Richard “Dick” Dutremble was a 1950 graduate of St. Louis High School where he was a 3-season standout athlete (football, baseball, basketball) from 1946-1950. Dick led the Telegram League in hitting two consecutive years (in 1949 with an average of .431 and in 1950 at .428), while playing shortstop for St. Louis High School. He still holds this record today. Dick also led the Telegram League in total bases those years, hitting the ball to all fields. After high school, he played for the Portland Press Herald Braves and Portland Pilots, where he switched to the 3rd base position.
Dick served his country as a member of the U.S. Army in the 1950’s. After owning Dutremble Brothers Market with his brother for several years. Dick began his law enforcement career by being elected 8 times as York County Sheriff from 1962-1977, at which point he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the U.S. Marshall for the State of Maine, where he served until 1981. He then served as the Civil Emergency Preparedness Director for 8 years before becoming a Biddeford Police Officer before retiring in 1992.
Dick was a talented athlete who gave back to his community, county, state and country as an athlete, law enforcement officer, and coach of his son’s East Biddeford Little League teams and other community organizations. He was a respected leader in the community and willingly gave back in many capacities.
Kelly (Foss) Root was a 1992 graduate of Biddeford High School. While at BHS, she participated in Field Hockey, Basketball, and Softball. Kelly is the co-recipient of the Brother Hebert Award (shared with twin sister Kerry) for excellence in athletics throughout her high school career.
Kelly was part of Biddeford’s one and only State Championship team in field hockey and was an All-Conference and All-State player. She was selected to the Field Hockey SMAA All-State 1st Team in 1990 & 1991. She currently holds the record for most career varsity field hockey goals at BHS.
Kelly helped to bring the Tiger Basketball Team to three play-off appearances in 3 years, was Captain, led the team in assists her senior year, and was named Team’s Offensive MVP. In softball, Kelly again helped bring Biddeford to four play-off appearances, and was Captain.
Kelly attended Plymouth State College playing both field hockey and basketball. She is the #10 all-time leading field hockey scorer, and played four years while starting 71 consecutive games. Kelly was named to the ECAC All-Star team in 1994 & 1995 and was awarded the 1995 Athlete Award; in recognition of Achievement in Intercollegiate Athletics & Outstanding performance in the sport of Field Hockey.
Beyond college, Kelly has pursued a career in Business, and is currently a Financial Advisor for Measured Wealth a partner of People’s Choice.
Rene Fredette was a 1947 graduate of Biddeford High School. He was a standout 4-sport athlete playing football, baseball, basketball and hockey. Some of his high school highlights included hitting for the cycle in baseball for BHS and making 48 saves in a Biddeford Cyclone Hockey Club game against the Westbrook Crusaders. Rene’s coach said, “Fredette may yet become one of the greatest goalies this city has ever seen.” Upon his graduation Rene attended Rhode Island College on a football scholarship.
In 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served until 1956. He worked at Raython in Andover, MA. From there, he worked at Goddard Flight Center (NASA). In 1979, Rene retired. He returned to Biddeford to work as a housing rehabilitation specialist. He became a tireless volunteer helping to build dugouts at the St. Louis and Doyon fields; worked concession stands; helped repair the grounds of playing fields; worked with high school students on the Press Box (his favorite project), helped erect the bleachers (which were named for Rene & Red), and cleaned bricks on the ticket booth at Waterhouse Field. In October 1999, Rene received the major Rotary Award for the Private Sector for 20 years dedicated volunteer work for Biddeford, the last 10 years at Waterhouse Field. Rene served as board member on Biddeford Housing, on the Waterhouse lighting committee, and the Parks & Recreation committee.
Rene Fredette, a very humble man, will be remembered for his outstanding athletic ability and his tireless heartfelt efforts and dedicated service to the improvements and maintenance of Waterhouse Field and the City of Biddeford.
Maria Curit was a 2011 graduate of Biddeford High School, where she graduated 6th in her class. During her four years of running indoor and outdoor track, she captured eight individual state championships in the long jump, 200 and 400 meter races. Maria still holds the Class A outdoor long jump record as well as a host of individual Biddeford High School records. In her 2010-2011 indoor track season Maria was honored with the Angie Abramson Award given annually to the Southwestern Maine Activities Association’s most outstanding competitor. She was also Biddeford High School’s SMAA Athlete of the Year given to each of the school’s top performers.
Maria went on to a stellar career at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. She was a four time Division II All-American in the 800 meters and 4×400 meter relay. Maria currently holds 14 Stonehill indoor and outdoor track records, ranging from the 100 to 800 meters, the long jump and relays, which is a testament to her versatility in the sport of track and field. Maria was the recipient of the Fr. William Grantland CSC Outstanding Athlete Award given annually to Stonehill’s most outstanding female athlete during their senior year. Maria has also run the second fastest 800 meters in New England’s history and has the tenth fastest time ever recorded in indoor track NCAA Division II history.
Maria is currently working for Ameri-Corps in West Palm Beach, Florida, helping high school students to get college ready. She will move on to graduate school with the intention of becoming a physical therapist.
Stacey (Gelinas) Russo was a 1998 graduate of Biddeford High School where she was a standout three-sport athlete playing basketball, softball, and soccer. A four-year varsity player she helped lead the basketball team to 4 consecutive playoff semi-final appearances. Stacey garnered All-State honors all four years averaging 17.1 points per game on her to way to scoring 1,177 career points; 4th all-time in Biddeford High School schoolgirl basketball. She was named the team MVP twice and was captain for the 1998 season. She was also named to the McDonald’s All-Star team her senior year. In Softball Stacey was a three-year starter and was named to the SMAA All-Star team for her steller play as the team’s shortstop. Stacey also played goalie for the first ever girls varsity soccer team in 1997 and was named to the All-Conference team her senior year. Overall, Stacey was recognized by her coaches for her athleticism, skill, and tenacity.
After being heavily recruited, Stacey played basketball at St. Joseph’s College from 1998-2002 where she was a four year starter scoring 1,475 career point; 5th all-time in the school’s history. She helped lead her team to three conference championships and two national tournament appearances. Stacey was a four time Conference All-Star and was twice named Maine Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year. Stacey was named team captain for the 2002 season and was voted to the Kodak All-American Team her senior year. In 2011 she was inducted into the St. Joseph’s College Hall of Fame.
Penny Labbe is a 1978 graduate of Biddeford High School. While at BHS, she played basketball and softball for 4 years, and captained both teams. In her senior year, she played field hockey and was the goalie. Penny was selected to the McDonald’s All Star Team at the Boys/Girls Club in Portland during her senior year. She was also selected as the Best Defensive Player.
After graduation, Penny joined the workforce. She didn’t intend to go to college, however; in the fall of 1979, she was approached by Nasson College in Springvale, Maine to try out for their basketball team. After a successful tryout, Nasson College offered Penny a full scholarship. She asked the college how they heard of her. Nasson College replied, “Through Roland Cote, the girls’ basketball coach in Sanford, Maine. Mr. Cote told them that Penny would be a great addition to the college.” Penny also played softball and eventually became captain in both sports. Penny graduated from Nasson College in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services.
Once out of college, Penny coached in the Biddeford Catholic Schools for 10 years in both basketball and softball. She continued to play in summer leagues.
Jeffrey Tardif was a 1991 graduate of Biddeford High School. He was a standout three-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball) among a class of standout athletes. The Class of 1991 saw many championships and Jeff’s efforts helped lead them to a 1990 Class A State Football Championship – Jeff’s interception in that game clinched the win. He was a key contributor in one of the most exciting Class A State Basketball Championship tournaments on record at BHS, making it all the way to the State games in 1991.
There are few coaches, teachers or fellow athletes that would not agree that Jeff led quietly and with few words, but always represented what Tiger Pride was/is all about – resiliency, hard work, and integrity.
In 1991, he was named 2nd team All-Conference basketball team, McDonald’s All Star Team and received the George Vinall Award for basketball, the only BHS basketball player to ever win the award. That same year, he was awarded the Steve White Award for his athletics, presented to the top male athlete in the graduating class.
Jeff continues to support the Tiger community and has participated in many alumni basketball games whenever asked. He has been asked, on occasion, to pitch to the Biddeford little leaguers, an organization near and dear to his heart. Jeff was a standout little leaguer as well!
While Jeff chose a career that led him down a path in the trades, he applies the same exemplary work ethic for his employer over the last twenty years. He is a true leader and the first to tell you that much of his success can be tied back first to his parents, but always his experiences at BHS.
Bill Harriman was a 1966 graduate of Biddeford High School where he lettered in cross-country, track and field, baseball and basketball. Bill’s love, however, was in basketball where he was a four-year varsity player averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds in his career. Upon graduation Bill attended Nasson College on a full basketball scholarship. He was a four-year varsity starter where he never missed a game or practice. Bill is one of two players in Nasson’s history to score over 1000 points and have 1000 rebounds in his career. His senior year he averaged 17 points a game and 16 rebounds. Bill earned numerous accolades in his four year career and was the team’s MVP his senior year.
In 1973 Bill became a teacher at Biddeford High School where he has taught Special Education and coached for the past 42 years. Bill’s coaching career at BHS includes numerous state championships and other accolades. Bill was the girl’s cross country coach from 1978-1984. In that time the team won the Western Maine Championship on 4 different occasions and captured a State Championship in 1982. Bill was also the girl’s track and field coach from 1978-2005. During his 27 year reign he captured 7 Western Maine Conferences and 5 State Championships; the team also compiled 212 consecutive victories between 1980-1984. Bill also served as the girl’s varsity basketball coach between 1978-2004 with several tournament appearances.
Despite his incredible coaching accomplishments Bill is most proud of the work he has done at BHS as a special education teacher, and it is worth noting that Bill has also served in the role of Special Olympics coach since 1973.
Paul Twomey is a 1964 graduate of Biddeford High School where he was a standout three sport athlete. Over the course of his athletic career Paul reached varsity status 10 times (4 in baseball, 3 in basketball, and 3 in football). His senior year he was named captain in all three sports. A tremendous Quarterback, Paul was instrumental in leading the Biddeford Tigers back to Class A football. As a senior he was named the York County Class A Player of the Year and the Steve White Award recipient, presented to the top male athlete in his graduating class.
After graduating, he attended Springfield College in Springfield, MA. While there he played basketball his sophomore and junior years. Paul was drafted into the U.S. Army right after college and served his country from 1969-1971. While fighting in the Vietnam War Paul earned many accolades for his service and bravery.
Upon his return to Biddeford in 1972 Paul became very involved in the community. He developed numerous recreational programs while employed by the Parks and Recreation Department; many are still in existence today. Paul also became a physical education teacher and developed the first curriculum for kindergarten in the Biddeford School District.
As an educator Paul coached football, basketball and baseball under the likes of Mike Landry, Ron Cote and Jim Maguire. Upon his retirement in 1982 Paul went on to work for the United States Postal Service.
Don Wilson, a 1965 graduate of St. Louis High School, participated in football and basketball. Don graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1970 and received his Master’s Degree in educational administration from the University of Southern Maine in 1991. Don worked at Biddeford High School as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and athletic director from 1970 to 2006. He served as Athletic Director for twenty-three years.
As the school’s athletic director one of Don’s greatest contributions was expanding the athletic offerings to student athletes. In his 23 years he added 6 varsity programs and several sub-varsity offerings. Don was instrumental in the development of Waterhouse Field. He was the co-chairman of the Waterhouse Field Lighting Committee, which allowed the return of night football in 1985, and played a major role in the installation of bleachers in 1985 and 1999. Don was also instrumental in bringing the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl game to Waterhouse field and was honored by the Lobster Bowl Classic Board of Directors following the 15th anniversary at Waterhouse field.
During his career as Athletic Administrator, Don became renown throughout the State of Maine for his many contributions, serving on multiple boards including President of the MIAAA. In 2004 Don was awarded the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrator of the year award, and in 2006 he received the national Citation Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to Interscholastic Athletics from the National Federation of High Schools in Anaheim, California.
“Don Wilson is what Tradition and Tiger Pride is all about” said the late legendary football coach and Hall of Honor inductee Mike Landry.
Kerry (Foss) Mariello is a 1992 Graduate of Biddeford High School. She was a 3 sport standout in field hockey, basketball and softball. Kerry’s legacy includes helping Biddeford win a first state championship, multiple playoff appearances and several winning seasons. Her contributions resulted in her and her twin sister winning the Brother Richard Hebert award in 1992; given to the top female athlete in her graduation class
In 1990 Kerry was a key member of Biddeford High School’s only field hockey State championship season, and in 1992 she helped the Tigers reach the Western Maine Championship in girls’ basketball. Kerry was an All-State and All-Conference player as well as team captain in field hockey, basketball and softball her senior year. In 1992 Kerry was the Southwestern Maine Activities Association’s batting champion with a .444 batting average and the team’s MVP.
After graduation, Kerry went on to Plymouth State College where she participated in field hockey and basketball. She was a four-year starter in field hockey. She helped the Panthers receive 2 NCAA bids and 2 ECAC Championships, and in basketball helped bring Plymouth State College to the Little East Conference finals. She received the Panther Award for recognition of Achievement in Intercollegiate Athletics & Outstanding performance in the sport of Field Hockey.
After graduation Kerry has gone on to teach and coach field hockey at Scarborough High School for the past 14 years. She currently has a career record of 164-45-6. She has 7 SMAA Conference Championships, 5 Western Maine Titles, and 2 State Championships.
2014 HALL OF HONOR:
2nd Annual Induction Ceremony held on Friday, January 16, 2015
Inductees: Charles M. Belisle, Casey Bourque, Crystal Corbeil, Jason Crepeau, Albert Daigle, Arthur Descoteaux, Robert “Desi” Desjardins, Brian Dumoulin, Richard “Doc” Labonte, Claude LeClair, John McKeown, Briana Neault, Karolina Pierko, Stephen F. White and Katie Willett.
2013 HALL OF HONOR:
1st Annual Induction Ceremony held on Thursday, December 12, 2013
Inductees: Heather Briggs (Hart), Robert Cote, Ron Cote, Dennis Gadbois, Gerry Gelinas, Madeleine Goulet, Carol Lamontagne, Michael Landry, Jason Lariviere, Jim Murphy, Nat Pierce, Marie Potvin, David Redmond, Emily Rousseau, Richard Saucier and Neil Serpico.
Heather Briggs is a 1989 graduate of Biddeford High School. In her years as a Biddeford student, she had perfect attendance for her career. While at BHS, she participated in basketball, track, field hockey and softball. She really made a name for herself in basketball. Currently, she ranks second in career points (1538). Her point total came before the three point line. She amassed over 1,200 rebounds in her career. She was the 1988 Gatorade Player of the Year. Heather was a two time all state selection and team MVP for three years. In track, she was a state champion in the high jump, long jump and javelin. At that time, she was the state record holder in the javelin.
After graduating from Biddeford High School, Heather went on to the University of Maine at Orono on a full scholarship. She ranks 10th all time in rebounds (663) and 11th all time in scoring (1176). At the time of her graduation, Heather was the all time leader in 3 pointers made in a career (42) and 3 pointers made in a tournament game (4). She was a captain and two time North Atlantic all conference selection.
Robert “Bob” Cote is a 1949 graduate of St. Louis High School. At St. Louis, he was president of his class, class valedictorian and an all-state fullback. After graduation, Bob went on to be a two way star for the Boston College Eagles. He played four years of football and made All New England Team and the All East Team. Upon leaving BC as a player, Bob served as an assistant coach for one year.
Bob later returned to Biddeford and became the head football coach compiling a record of 92-24-3. He coached at St. Louis for 18 years and his teams earned three State Championships and a co-championship in 1964. At St. Louis, he also coached basketball and baseball and had similar success. When St. Louis closed in 1970, Bob moved on to be the head football coach at rival Thornton Academy. His record at Thornton Academy was 81-50-5. Bob was the recipient of the Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame bestowed its 1990 Contributor to Amateur Football Award to him. He also was inducted into the Maine Hall of Fame in 1999.
Ronald “Ron” Cote grew up in Biddeford, Maine. He attended St. Louis High School and was a three sport standout athlete. While at St. Louis High School, he was a two-time all state football player, all state basketball player and honorable mention all telegram league baseball player. Ron went on to attend St. Thomas More Prep for one year before moving on to the University of Maine where he continued his playing career and was a three year varsity quarterback.
In the mid 1990’s, Ron was the Head Basketball Coach at the University of New England. He has also been the Head Basketball Coach at Scarborough High School and an Assistant Coach at Cheverus High School. Ron has left his mark on the SMAA and the annual SMAA Girls Basketball Coach of the Year Award is now named the Ron Cote Award. In addition, he was named Coach of the Year in 1977, 1983 and again in 1991. As a baseball coach, Ron was named SMAA Coach of the Year in 1984, 1990 and 1991. In 2003, Ron was inducted into the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Honors.
Dennis Gadbois graduated from Biddeford High School in 1982. He was a three-sport contender for the Tigers, playing football, basketball and baseball throughout his high school career. Dennis was a standout in football. He was an outstanding wide-receiver for the Biddeford Tigers. Dennis was coached by the late Michael Landry.
Dennis received several awards his senior year. He received the Steve White Award for the best Biddeford High School Athlete. Dennis was also named All Conference as a wide-receiver and a Fitzpatrick Award runner-up.
As Dennis was exploring colleges, Boston University had their eyes fixed on him. Dennis was recruited to play football by the Boston University Terriers. He was the first Biddeford High School athlete to receive a full scholarship to play football! During his college career at Boston University, Dennis played wide-receiver and also played three years of baseball for the Terriers. Dennis graduated from Boston University in 1986 with a major in Human Movement.
Dennis was not done playing football. During the draft, Dennis was a free agent. The Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots were very interested in him. Dennis’ boyhood dream came true. He played football for the New England Patriots for two years. Dennis made the community of Biddeford very proud. Dennis credits Coach Mike Landry for preparing him, not only for football, but for life. Today, Dennis lives with his family in Texas. He is a successful business owner of Preston Gym.
Gerry Gelinas graduated from Biddeford High School in 1986. A member of the National Honor Society and accomplished student Gelinas was best known as a stand out athlete and natural leader. Gelinas started for the varsity boys’ basketball team as a sophomore; however, his greatest accomplishments were on the gridiron. A three year starter as the school’s quarterback, Gelinas led the Tigers to two State Championship titles, including one his sophomore year, a feat rarely achieved in Maine High School Football.
Gelinas will be remembered as perhaps the best quarterback in Biddeford High School history. Statistically, he currently owns four of the school’s five passing records, 28 years after his graduation. In 1985, Gelinas broke the passing attempts and completions records completing 120 of his 235 attempts. He also threw for a record 17 touchdowns and a record 1,925 yards. Following his senior year, the two time All-Conference player was awarded the Gatorade Player of the Year and Fitzpatrick Trophy, Maine’s most coveted high school award.
Madeleine Goulet grew up in Biddeford, Maine and attended Biddeford High School. She is a 1979 graduate of BHS. She participated in field hockey and softball while at Biddeford High School and was captain of both teams. Madeleine played on the first ever field hockey team in 1976. After leaving BHS she attended Plymouth State University and graduated in 1983.
Madeleine has been at Biddeford High School as a teacher since 1983. Madeleine is one of the most successful female coaches in the history of the athletic program. She coached varsity field hockey from 1983-1999. Her teams won a state championship in 1990. They played in the Western Maine Finals five times winning twice. The teams were league champions four times. She was SMAA Coach of the Year in 1988 and again in 1990 and earned her 100th win in 1995. In her first five seasons at the helm of the program, her teams won only five games, but in the next eleven, her record was 133-30-9. She has also had stints as a middle school softball coach and junior varsity field hockey positions in the past.
Carol Lamontagne is a 1976 graduate of Biddeford High School. She was an outstanding athlete who excelled in basketball, softball and track. Carol’s first love was basketball. She was the team co-captain for the Biddeford Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team her junior and senior years. She was a true competitor who commanded the court. Her skill set was above the rest. Carol trained throughout the summer. She attended Sam Jones Basketball Camp at Stonehill College as she got ready for each and every season.
Carol lead the Lady Tigers to an 180 undefeated basketball season her senior year. She was Biddeford High School’s very first recipient of the Lady Tiger Best Female Athlete Award. Carol was also named to the 1976 All Conference Big 8 Girls’ Basketball All Star Team. Carol also participated in track her senior year. She ran the 880 and threw the javelin for BHS. Carol placed third for the State of Maine in the javelin, throwing for 121 feet. She held the record in the javelin throw at Biddeford High School for 15 years.
In the fall of 1976, Carol was off to the University of Maine at Orono where she played Division I Basketball for the Black Bears all four years. She was a starting guard and leader for the Black Bears. Carol was a team co-captain her junior and senior year at UMO. Carol graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1980 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. After graduation, Carol relocated to Washington D.C. She played on the Women’s Rugby Club in D.C. and won the MidAtlantic Championship. Carol was also selected to the Rugby All Star Team.
Mike Landry was a 1967 graduate of Biddeford High School where he starred in football and basketball. He was a high school All-American his senior year and played on Biddeford’s back to back championships of 1965 and 66. He then took his talents to the University of Maine and had a stellar collegiate career.
Upon graduation, he came home to Biddeford and coached numerous sports and taught physical education. In 1977, he was named head football coach of his alma-mater. He was regarded an innovator; his teams were the first to implement weight training and the method of scouting opponents was perfected by him. He won 6 State Championships, coached 4 Fitzpatrick Trophy winners, and was named Coach of the Year 6 times. The SMAA’s best coach is given the Mike Landry Award, named in his honor. The home locker room at Waterhouse Field is named for him as well. He has been honored by three different Halls of Fame. But his lasting legacy is that of a man who made a difference in the lives of the students that he taught, and the young men he coached. He never set out to make football players; he set out to make men. Countless players through four decades have echoed the same sentiments. Coach Landry passed away on December 12, 2006. He was above all a family man as well. He left his wife Carol, two daughters Shelley and Tricia, son-in-law Bill and grandchildren Allison, Ryan and Benjamin.
Jason Lariviere attended Biddeford High School from 1988-1991. He was a 3 sport athlete playing football, basketball and baseball. In 1990, he was quarterback for the BHS undefeated football state champions. He was also point guard for the 1990-1991 for the state runners up basketball team. Jason attended the University of Southern Maine from 1992-1995. He played four years on the USM Baseball Team; was named to All-American teams in 1994 (3rd team) and 1995 (1st team); was team captain 1995; and he holds many offensive records today for USM.
In 1995, Jason was drafted Amateur Baseball Draft (44th round) by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played 5 seasons of professional baseball ending at their AAA affiliate Memphis Redbirds. He was named to the 1998 AAA All-Star Team. He was also named offensive and defensive player of the year for the 1999 AAA Memphis Redbirds. He played in 6 spring training games with the Major League St. Louis Cardinals team (w/Mark McGwire, Willie McGee, Ron Gant, etc.). Jason was a Co-Founder of the “Southern Maine River Rats” non-profit baseball program.
James F. Murphy is a 1928 graduate of Biddeford High School. Jim was a three sport standout while at BHS. He participated in football, basketball and baseball. After leaving Biddeford High School, Jim attended Fordham University and played four years of football. Jim became a starter his sophomore year and started as the team’s tailback for twenty-seven consecutive games. In that time, his teams lost just once. He was a repeat All-East choice and earned All American status in 1931. While at Fordham, he typically played in front of fifty-thousand fans. He played with the fabled Seven Blocks of Granite, perhaps the best known groups of linemen in college football history which included Vince Lombardi. Jim Murphy is a member of the Fordham University Hall of Fame and also the Maine State Hall of Fame.
Nat Pierce graduated from Biddeford High School in the mid 1930s. He was a tremendous high school football player. After leaving Biddeford High School, Nat enrolled at Fordham University. He was one of the famed “Seven Blocks of Granite”, the renowned offensive line coach by James Crowley. Nat starred on Fordham’s 1937 team that won the Sugar Bowl and ended the year ranked the #3 team in the nation. One of Nat’s biggest claims to fame is that he recruited his close friend and fellow “block” to take over for him as head football coach at St. Cecelia High School in New Jersey. That friend’s name is Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers.
Marie LeBlond Potvin was a 1977 graduate and honor student at Biddeford High School. While in high school, she was active in numerous extra-curricular activities, but her biggest interests were school athletics. She was a letter winner in softball, basketball, and track and field. Marie was the 1977 recipient of the Brother Richard Hebert Outstanding Female Student Athlete Award.
After high school, Marie applied her interest in athletics to her studies at Northeastern University where she majored in Physical Education/Health and Athletic Training. Marie returned to Biddeford High School in 1987 where she became the school’s first female Athletic Trainer while teaching Health and Physical Education at the Junior High. Marie has dedicated her professional skills and personal concern to the students of Biddeford as a Health and Physical Education Teacher for 27 years in the system. After her tenure as head Athletic Trainer ended in 1994, she devoted her time to coaching softball, soccer and hockey at the youth through high school levels.
Here is where Marie really made her mark. She resurrected and kept the girls soccer program going at a time when it was struggling – moving it back to Varsity status. Her major contribution to Biddeford High School Girls Athletics was with the Hockey program. Not only did she start girls ice hockey at BHS but was a driving force behind the elevation of girls ice hockey across the State of Maine from club status to a MPA sanctioned Varsity level sport. Marie started a collaborative team of girls in the fall of 2003 to compete as a club team in the Maine Girls Ice Hockey League. In their first season, they won the Tier II State title and continued to progress, becoming a school sanctioned club team in 2006 and a Varsity sport in 2009. In her tenure, Marie’s teams won two Maine Tier II titles, one Tier I State Championship, one Western Maine title – State runner-up and one Western Maine runner-up finish. All tolled, her Lady Tigers made 9 post season appearances in 10 years.
Dave Redmond started coaching in the area at St. Louis in 1960 where he was an assistant on their State Championship team. Soon he moved to BHS where he coached state championship teams in 1965 and 1966 and was selected Maine Football Coach of the Year. He led the way for the first ever Maine Super Bowl which his 1967 team won beating Bangor 20-0. He ended his coaching career at BHS with this win and a record of 25 consecutive wins.
Dave’s baseball career as a youth was just as impressive setting many pitching records in the Telegram League. He was offered a bonus to sign with the Red Sox and Braves but was drafted in 1951 and served in the Army in Korea for 13 months. During that time he received several medals of honor. In 1972, Dave started his career in Maine politics serving Governors Ken Curtis, James Longley, and Chief of Staff for Joseph Brennan. He also served as Congressman Brennan’s Chief of Staff in Washington. In 1997, the Youth Football Fields in Biddeford were dedicated to David E. Redmond.
Emily Rousseau is a 2007 graduate of Biddeford High School. She participated in basketball and softball while attending BHS. Emily is most known for her accomplishments on the basketball court. She was a two time captain, four-time MVP, four time All-Conference selection and a McDonald’s Senior All Star. Emily currently holds the school record for most points in a career (1554) and points in a game (44). She finished her career with 398 rebounds, 328 assists and 286 steals. As a softball player, she was named to the All Conference team in 2006 and helped lead her team to a state championship.
After graduation, Emily received a full scholarship to play basketball at the University of Maine at Orono and later transferred to Stonehill College. While at Stonehill she was a three time all Northeast 10 and was the 2010-11 team MVP. She finished her Stonehill College career with 1176 points, 294 rebounds, 347 assists and 107 steals. Her 1176 career points ranks her eleventh in the programs history.
Richard “Dick” Saucier is a 1967 graduate of Biddeford High School. He participated in football, basketball and baseball while attending BHS. On the football team, Dick was a split end and safety and led his team with eight interceptions. As a three year varsity basketball player, Dick averaged just under 20 points per game and often reached 30 points on a given night. He was recognized as an all conference player. In baseball, he was an All Telegram selection for three years. He was a career .366 hitter and won the batting title his sophomore year. As a pitcher, he once struck out 19 batters in a game versus Deering High School.
After graduation, Dick accepted a full athletic scholarship to Edward Waters College. He attended Edward Waters his freshman year. As a result of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the college dropped the football program for the safety of the players. He returned to Maine and played semi-professional football.
Neil “Ziggy” Serpico was a 1950 graduate of Biddeford High School and was a tremendous three-sport athlete. Upon graduation and following a year of prep school, which was very common in those days, he took his talents to the University of New Hampshire. He played both football and baseball and in his senior year he played both ways for the Yankee Conference Football Team and hit .354 that spring for the baseball team. Following graduation from UNH, he signed with the Baltimore Orioles and was assigned to the Sooner State League and after just 14 games he was promoted to the Class C Aberdeen South Dakota Pheasants of the Northern League. Neil was batting .314 that season when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Following two years of military service and honorable discharge, the St. Louis Cardinals offered Neil, then 25 years old, a contract to play Class A in their organization. However, the Baltimore Orioles refused to release him and offered a spot with their Class D affiliate. These were the days before free agency and signing a professional contract with a team bound the player for life, unless he was released.
Neil then returned to his hometown. After teaching for a couple of years and coaching baseball at Thornton, he returned to his alma-mater Biddeford High School. He inherited a Class D program and within a 5-year span he made good on a promise to bring the Tigers all the way back to class A. He reached his goals of returning bitter rivals St. Louis High School and Thornton Academy to the Tiger’s schedule. He was instrumental in founding the Football Boosters and improving Waterhouse Field. While teaching and coaching at Biddeford High, he earned a masters degree from Boston University. In 1965, he resigned as head coach of the Tiger Football Program to attend Alabama University where he earned his doctorate in physical education. He served as a graduate assistant football coach under the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant.
In 1969, Dr. Neil A. Serpico became a professor of Physical Education at West Chester University, which is located outside Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Initially, he was the head freshmen football coach, enjoying an undefeated 10-0 season defeating schools such as Temple and Villanova. He was also an assistant baseball coach and in 1970, when the position opened, he was named interim head baseball coach. The interim title was at his request, due to his desire to remain involved with the football program. The interim title was quickly dropped and Coach Serpico focused on building West Chester into a Division I baseball powerhouse. He enjoyed many years of success at West Chester, winning titles in the East Coast Conference and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He was Conference Coach of the Year in 1985 and his team won the conference that year.
On April 27, 1987, Coach Serpico was leading the West Chester Rams in a doubleheader against C.W.Post University on Long Island, New York. He took ill during the first game and was hospitalized, passing away suddenly at the age of 55. He finished just shy of 300 career college baseball victories. The baseball stadium at West Chester is named in his honor. In 1993, he was posthumously inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame.