GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine will induct seven new members to the Husky Hall of Fame when it hosts the 27th Annual Husky Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremonies on September 29.
The newest members to be inducted include long-time men's tennis coach Philip A. Cole; baseball standout Jason Crepeau, Class of 1998; University of Maine Portland golfer Douglas Hall, Class of 1966; former women's soccer and basketball player Ali Hathaway Bennett, Class of 2001; softball pitcher Melissa Henderson Pelletier, Class of 2005; field hockey All-American Jessie Superchi Gaudioso, Class of 2005; and women's basketball standout Susan Ware Page, Class of 1999. The seven new inductees will bring the membership in the Husky Hall of Fame to 176.
In addition to the seven new Hall of Fame inductees, the Department of Athletics will present three special awards. The Richard A. Costello Special Achievement Award will be bestowed posthumously upon Robert W. Boucher. Judith S. Ryan will receive the Clifford O.T. Weiden Award, and Michael J. Beveridge will be presented the David Drew Service Award.
The men's tennis coach for more than four decades at University of Maine Portland and USM, Cole guided the Huskies to their first NCAA tournament berth in 2007, and four Little East Conference crowns in a five-year span (2003-07) before retiring from coaching in 2008. He coached 21 LEC singles flight champions and eight doubles titlists between 1990-2008.
A retired professor of history at USM, Cole started his coaching career at UM Portland in 1965 and had a number of strong teams, including his 1967 team that won 13 straight matches. Following the merger of UM Portland and Gorham State College, Cole's teams won four NAIA District titles over a 14-season span (1972-1985) and advanced to the NAIA national tournament in 1972 and 1980.
One of the top golfers in the history of the UMaine Portland program, Hall was a four-year player and two-time captain. Hall had a 5-1 record during the 1965 spring season for coach Fred Freise's squad, and was the winner of the Patriot's Day tournament in 1966.
The first baseman for the Huskies 1997 NCAA national championship baseball team, Crepeau finished his four-year career batting .380 and 29 home runs and 176 RBI. He was a two-time NEIBA All-New England selection and an All-ECAC pick in 1998. Crepeau still ranks among the top 10 in eight offensive categories, including tied for second in home runs (29) and third in RBI (176).
On the soccer pitch, Hathaway Bennett was named the Little East Conference Player of the Year in 1999, and finished her three-year soccer career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 74 points on 28 goals and 18 assists. On the hardwood, Hathaway Bennett was a four-year member of Huskies nationally ranked basketball team, including participating in two NCAA championship games.
One of finest pitchers to step into the circle, Henderson Pelletier was the co-recipient of the Most Outstanding Player in the 2004 LEC championship tournament and a two-time All-Littlie East Conference honoree. Over a stellar four-year career, Henderson Pelletier compiled a 61-32 record with a 1.30 ERA. She still holds career records for most wins (61), most innings pitched (634.1), most starts (90), most complete games (79) and most strikeouts (636).
The Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2003, Superchi Gaudioso was a three-time All-LEC selection. Over her four-year career, Superchi Gaudioso posted a 1.08 goals against average making 531 saves and collecting 24 shutouts. She also was a member of the Huskies women's lacrosse team for three years playing in 40 games.
The fifth starter on the Huskies' 1998 NCAA women's basketball national finalist team, Ware Page helped the Huskies win four straight Little East Conference championships and compile a 104-15 record during her four years as a Husky.
The Costello Award, named for the former USM Director of Athletics, is given annually to graduates of the institution who have distinguished themselves through their commitment to student-athletes and athletics. Boucher is being honor for his work as a coach and athletic director at Saint Dominic's High School.
The Weiden Award, named for the retired university coach and administrator, is presented annually to individuals or businesses for their contributions of special talents and time to the university. Ryan has held a number of positions at the University and oversaw a full review of the athletics program in 1993 and played a critical role in the implementation of many action items including the construction of the ice arena and field house that is now part of the Costello Sports Complex.
The Drew Award, named for the longtime coach, instructor, trainer and equipment manager, is given to individuals who distinguish themselves through volunteer service to the athletic department. Beveridge has been a longtime statistician and volunteer assistant coach for the men's ice hockey program.