FARMINGTON — The New England Basketball Hall of Fame announced six University of Maine at Farmington basketball alumni will be inducted with the Class of 2015 at its induction ceremony on August 8, 2015 in Worcester, Mass. All six are also member of the UMF Athletics Hall of Fame.

Current men’s basketball head coach Dick Meader; former coach and administrator Len MacPhee; former players Cameron Brown, Steve Clifford, Dawn Ann Higgins-Currie; and current women’s basketball head coach Jamie Beaudoin will be inducted at a major ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester. The inductees will join other honorees representing a variety of categories, ranging from high school players to senior adults who still play the game at age 65 and over.

Dick Meader ’68, current UMF men’s basketball head coach, has coached for forty years -17 seasons at Thomas College and the last 23 at the University of Maine at Farmington. His teams have amassed nearly 450 wins, including 270 at UMF, and he has been named Coach of the Year five times. Meader has coached three All-Americans and three Academic All-Americans. Meader will also be inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in late August.

Len MacPhee retired from UMF in 2001 after serving its students for 36 years. He coached men’s basketball for 24 years, women’s basketball for seven years, baseball for six years, and taught several physical education classes. MacPhee’s service included Director of Athletics, chair of the P.E. Program and Director of the Coaching Certificate Program. As a coach, MacPhee won 322 games with the men’s team and guided the women’s team to back-to-back appearances in the NAIA National Championship Tournament in 1995 and 1996.

Cameron Brown ’78 graduated with 18 basketball records and was an All-Conference and All-State selection three years in a row. During his senior year, he was an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, and NCAA Division III statistics showed he was the only player in all four major categories: First in the nation in scoring, third in field goal percentage, third in free throw percentage, and seventeenth in rebounding.

Steve Clifford ’83 has been working his way through the NBA ranks as a coach since 2000. After assuming assistant coaching roles with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, and Los Angeles Lakers, Clifford accepted his first NBA head coaching position prior to the 2013-2014 season with the Charlotte Hornets. He started his career as a college assistant with Saint Anselm, Fairfield University, Boston University, and Siena College before accepting a head coaching job at Adelphi University.

Dawn Anne Higgins-Currie ’95 completed her four years at UMaine-Farmington as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,333 points, and her 445 points in 1993 was third among single-season leaders. She made 54, 3-point field goals in 1992, setting a single season record for the program. She remains UMF’s leader in both career 3-point field goals made with 165, and free throws made with 368. She was second among UMF leaders with a .382 career 3-point field goal percentage.

Jamie Beaudoin ’97, sits as the all-time leader in UMF women’s basketball history with 252 career wins. After taking over the program in 2000, Beaudoin guided the Beavers to conference championships in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007, with trips to the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship in 2006 and 2007. He was named the North Atlantic Conference and State of Maine Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2007.


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