Lewiston High School girl’s tennis coach Anita Murphy was inducted into the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame.
PORTLAND — Patrick Dempsey, Anita Murphy, Reagan Carey, Tammy Jacques, Dana Bullen and Dick Meader are among this year’s inductees into Maine Sports Hall of Fame.
Old Dominion University football coach Bobby Wilder and two-time Olympic trainer Carl Nelson also are members of the Hall’s 2018 class. Rounding out the inductees are Jason Bartlett, Dewey Dewitt, Bob McAllister, Leroy Patterson and Kristen Kenoyer Woodall.
“This is another exceptional class,” Dick Whitmore, chairman of the board for the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, said in a news release. “The credentials of the inductees illustrate a distinctive array of achievement and exemplify the motto of our organization: A Better Maine Through Sport.”
The 43rd annual induction ceremony will take place June 3 at the Collins Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Maine at Orono.
Here is more on this year’s class:
Jason Bartlett: Winner of more than 7,000 harness races who has accumulated more than $87 million in career purses. The 37-year-old has represented the United States in world championships and is one of the country’s top drivers.
Dana Bullen: The president of Sunday River Ski for more than a decade, Bullen has developed programs that have boosted the growth of the ski industry in the state. He created the Outdoor Recreation Business Administration at the University of Maine at Farmington, his alma mater.
Reagan Carey: A standout hockey player at Colby College, Carey became the general manager of USA Hockey and manages the U.S. women’s national team that is preparing for the 2018 Olympic Games. Her work to grow the game in Maine include starting the USA Hockey U18 Select Women’s National Camp in Biddeford in 2015, bringing the country’s top 66 female players to Maine for a development camp. Carey is the granddaughter of the late Chummy Broomhall, the most celebrated skier in the state’s history and a member of the 1979 Maine Sports Hall of Fame class.
Patrick Dempsey: Film and television star (“Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) who created the Dempsey Challenge, which has raised several million dollars to fight cancer in Maine. He also has achieved international acclaim in auto racing.
Dewey Dewitt: Known as the voice of Aroostook County and northern Maine sports for six decades, the 93-year-old Dewitt has broadcasted every level of sport for radio and TV, and he was the first announcer for the state’s big sporting events.
Tammy Jacques: The Edward Little High School graduate became a world-class road racer and mountain biker, earning an Olympic alternate position for the 1996 USA mountain biking team. She achieved 20 top-five World Cup podium medals and eight top-three podium medals during her time with the USA cycling team and the USA mountain biking team.
Robert “Bob” McAllister: After earning all-state honors as a basketball player at John Bapst, McAllister became one of the best officials in the high school and college ranks before becoming Maine’s only NBA official.
Richard “Dick” Meader: The Solon native became one of the best basketball players from the area, and then one of the all-time best at the University of Maine at Farmington. After his playing days came a four-decade coaching career, first at Thomas College, and then at UMF, where he is still coaching, and where he has earned more than 400 victories. He also was a founder of the Pine Tree Camp, which has included more than 50,000 Maine basketball players over four decades.
Anita Murphy: The Lewiston High School coach is the most celebrated girls’ tennis coach in the state’s history. She has lead the Blue Devils to 10 state championships and was named the National Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2011. She also created the Lewiston Recreation Tennis Program.
Carl Nelson: Pioneered sports medicine in Maine, serving as Colby’s trainer and then as the head trainer for the 1972 and 1976 Olympic games. Also served as director of the Pine Tree Camp for children with physical disabilities for more than 30 years.
Leroy Patterson: One of the state’s best all-around athletes. Twice named All-America as a football player, which he played at the University of Cincinnati, and was twice named All-State. Led Bangor to a state title in basketball and attracted attention from pro scouts as a baseball player.
Bobby Wilder: Maison native was all-state in football and basketball before moving on to the University of Maine, where he was the starting quarterback and led the team to the 1986 Yankee Conference championship and graduated as the school’s all-time leading passer. Was a UMaine assistant for 17 years before becoming the head coach at the University of Old Dominion, which he led to a bowl game last year.
Kristen Kenoyer Woodall: Whitefield native is the most accomplished gymnast from Maine. Found success at Cony before moving on to train in Pennsylvania with the famed national program the Parkettes. After that, she moved on to a career at national powerhouse University of Utah, where she achieved 14 first-team All-American honors and won the 1992 NCAA vault championship. She also achieved distinction on the national and international gymnastics stages.
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Dana BullenUMF head basketball coach Dick Meader explains a drill as Isaac Witham watches during practice at Dearborn Gymnasium in Farmington last year.Reagan Carey, a Maine native and 2001 Colby College graduate, is the Director of Women’s Ice Hockey for USA Hockey. Tammy Jacques looks behind her during a race in Europe in 2015.
Kevin Inman shares a laugh with Patrick Dempsey before the start of the Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston last fall. Behind them is Dan Washburn. The two motorcyclists escorted the Dempsey family on their leg of the bike ride.