Bernard "Mac" MacKenzie - Teacher, coach and Athletic Director at Old Town High School for 43 years. Assistant Coach on '52 & '57 boys State Championship basketball teams. In addition to basketball he won three State Championships in cross country and also coached baseball, football, and track and had a 63 game winning streak as the JV baseball coach. He was a charter member of Maine’s Athletic Director Association. He was a member of U-Maine’s ‘M’ Club. Member of the first ever football team at Husson College and is a member of the Husson University Hall-of-Fame. Served as President of Old Town Little League. Served as President of the Old Town Education Association. Spent 20 years as the Old Town Parks and Recreation Director. The gymnasium at Old Town High School is named in his honor. Constructed in 1952, the gym was first dedicated to Bernard MacKenzie in 1976 in recognition of his many years of service (1945-1976) to Old Town High School. The gym was rededicated to Mr. MacKenzie in November of 2000.
Donald Sturgeon - OTHS Class of 1957. OTHS 1965 – 1996 3 yrs teach/coach and Principal for 28 years. Elected Maine Principal of the Year 1990. 2-time BDN All-Maine team (1956 2nd team & 1957 1st team). Co-Captain on 1957 State Championship boys basketball team that went to the New England Championships at the Boston Garden. Averaged 17pts and 12 rebounds per game. Head Coach of 1967 State Championship boys basketball team. 4 year letter winner at UMaine. – Captain of 1960-61 team. Led UMaine in scoring during 1958-59 season. (317pts, 14.4pg). Led UMaine in rebounding during 1958-59 season (224rebs, 10.2pg). Ranks 12th in the UMaine record book for career rebounds (671). All-American honorable mention 1959-60. Inducted into University of Maine Sports Hall-of-Fame 1996.
Richard "Dick" MacPherson - Old Town High School Graduate – 1948 Attended Maine Maritime Academy briefly and then served in the Air Force until 1954. Attended Springfield College '54-'58 where he played football – including playing on an undefeated team in '56. He was captain his senior year. Head Coach at UMass 1971-1977. He took one team to the Board Walk bowl. He was named New England Coach of the Year on two occasions. Head Coach at Syracuse University 1981-1990. He took his teams to several bowl games. Head Coach of New England Patriots 1991-1992. Won 4 Yankee Conference Championships (1971, 72, 74, 77). Syracuse team finished 11-0-1 in 1987 tying Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1987. Paul “Bear” Bryant College Coach of the Year in 1987. Bobby Dodd College Coach of the Year in 1987. Eddie Robinson College Coach of the Year in 1987. Sporting News College Coach of the Year in 1987. Walter Camp College Coach of the Year in 1987. Inducted into the College Football Hall-of-Fame in 2009. Head coaching record of 119-97-5 in 19 seasons. Inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame '85.
Robert Lahey - Old Town High School Athletic Director from 1974 to 1993.Founding father of the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association in 1972. Co-creator of the Maine Center for Coaching Education. In 1992 served as President of the National Athletic Administrators Association. While at Old Town High School was instrumental in adding numerous programs including field hockey, ice hockey, tennis, boys and girls soccer, girls cross country and girls indoor track. Named Maine Athletic Director of the Year in 1982, and award that is now named in his honor. Received NIAAA State Award of Merit in 1989. Received NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 1995 Served on the NIAAA Board of Directors. Inducted in to the NIAAA Hall-of-Fame in 2010.
Thomas "Skip" Chappelle - OTHS Class of 1957. Part of Old Town's 1957 State Championship team. Received All-State and All-New England honors in 1957. Set a single game scoring record of 38 points in Old Towns only appearance in the New England Tournament. A record that stood as long as the tournament was held at Boston Garden. Played for Maine Central Institute’s Prep team (1957-58) that won the New England Prep Championship. Played college basketball at the University of Maine where he set 12 scoring records. - '58 - '62 Named to the All-Yankee Conference team three times. Yankee Conference scoring champion two times. Was drafted by the NBA’s St. Louis Hawks and also tried out with the Boston Celtics. Compiled a record of 217-226 in 17 seasons as the Head Coach of the University of Maine men’s basketball program. Member of Maine Central Institute Athletic Hall of Fame. Member of the University of Maine Hall-of-Fame. Member of the Maine Sports Hall-of-Fame.
Gary Thorne - A 1966 graduate of Old Town High School where he was a member of the football and baseball teams. Gary was also President of his senior class and participated in many clubs. Graduated from the University of Maine School of Law and Georgetown Law School. Was Army JAG, Penobscot County Assistant District of Attorney and admitted to the bar of U.S. Supreme Court. Served as voice of the UMaine hockey team from 1977-96. Helped bring professional baseball to the state as one of the owners of the AAA Maine Guides. Has become one of the most recognizable play-by-play voices in the country through his work with ESPN, ABC, Fox and NBC Networks, and is a four time Emmy Award winner. He has also been the voice of the New York Mets, New Jersey Devils and currently the Baltimore Orioles. Gary can also be seen calling the Olympic games and the Little League World Series.
Kevin Baker - Kevin graduated from Old Town High School in 1968 as one of the best basketball players to ever wear the green and white. He is 5th on the all-time scoring list with 977 career points and was a key member of the 1967 team that won the state championship. Kevin was named to the 1967 Eastern Maine All-Tourney team and was on the Bangor Daily News All-State second team. Following high school he played two seasons at Husson College before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. Kevin currently resides in England.
Lauree Gott - A multi-sport athlete at OTHS, before graduating in 1982, Lauree excelled on the basketball court finishing her career with All-State honors. After her senior season she took her talents to the University of Maine where she scored 1,393 points and grabbed 781 rebounds. After her playing days she took to the coaching ranks as head coach at Husson College where she led the team to their first ever 20 win season, posting a 26-2 record in 1987 and earning District 5 Coach of the Year honors. Lauree then spent four seasons as an assistant at Northeastern University before returning to to the state. She is currently a science teacher in Veazie and was a finalst for Maine Teacher of the Year and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Dereck Treadwell - Dereck graduated in 1993 after becoming a standout in cross country and track & field. He was also a four year member of those teams at the University of Maine where he became an All-American in the 1500 meters and mile. A 14-time All-New England selection, he was named the America East Conference indoor track male athlete of the year in 1997. Dereck was inducted into the UMaine Hall-of-Fame in 2008. He was a member of the NIKE Farm Team comprised of the most elite runners in the country and just missed making the 1996 Olympic team in the 1500 meters. Dereck passed on his love of the sport to others as he served as the head cross country coach at Husson University and most recently Hartwick College. He recently moved back to Maine where he competes in cycling, his new sport of choice.
Clark Young - Clark graduated in 1968 with fellow Hall-of-Fame classmate Kevin Baker. The two were so dominant on the basketball court that they are still regarded as one of the all-time best guard combinations in the history of Maine high school basketball. Clark is currently 8th on the all-time scoring list with 889 points. More than half of them came during his senior season, one year after helping win the state championship. He was named to the Al-State team in 1967 and 1968. Clark currently resides in Southern Maine.
Jeff Sturgeon- One of the best players to ever wear an Old Town basketball uniform, Jeff finished his high school career averaging 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists during his senior season in 1980. That year he helped his team win the Eastern Maine Championship. Sturgeon remains #3 on the all-time Old Town scoring list with 1,058 career points and was named to the Bangor Daily News All-Maine first team.
Following High School Jeff went to the University of Maine where he became a four year letter winner. He was named to the All-America East team in 1983-84. Jeff's name still appears in the UMaine record books as he ranks 5th in career assists with 427 and 10th in career steals with 130.
Shaunessy Saucier - A four letter winner and two-time all-state selection in field hockey Saucier has made her mark in the sport. Graduating in 2000, she played in both the National Futures Tournament and National Field Hockey Festival in her junior and senior years. Saucier was a member of the 2000 Junior Olympic gold medal winning team.
From 2001 to 2005 she was a member of the University of Maine field hockey team where she was named captain for two seasons. While at Maine Shaunessy played in 3 America East Championships, was a 5-time scholar athlete, and named to the America East all-academic team.
When her playing career ended she spent a season as an assistant coach for the Bears before assuming the same role at Bryant College. She would be named the Head Coach of the Bulldogs program in 2009 and led Bryant to its first ever NCAA division I tournament appearance.
Barry Nelson Dana - From the class of 1977 Barry lettered in football, basketball and track. In his senior season he rushed for 1,363 yards and 19 touchdowns. He led the Little Ten Conference in scoring, was a 1976 All-State selection, named to the LTC all-conference team and named LTC best offensive back.
Barry would graduate from the University of Maine and become Chief of the Penobscot Nation, and a language teacher for the Penobscot Nation. His running did not stop after high school as Barry was also a participant in the 2012 Boston Marathon.
Kathy Baillargeon - A 1979 Old Town High graduate, Kathy was a three year letter winner in basketball and a two year letter winner in softball. Baillargeon made history when she became the first player at Old Town High to score 1,000 career points. Her scoring prowess was on display in the 1979 semi-finals against Gardiner when she put in a game high 31 points, That effort contributed to her being named to the Eastern Maine all-tourney team.
Kathy would play two seasons of basketball at Husson College where she was named team MVP, She would graduate from the Bangor school with a degree in medical administration.
Lionel Bishop - Made an impact in many different areas at Old Town High School. Lionel is the person credited with establishing the first boys and girls swim teams at the school and would coach both teams for 13 seasons. Bishop would also spend 13 seasons as an assistant football coach, and as a head coach lead the cross country team to a PVC Championship. He was the Director of the state swim meet for 10 seasons, served on the MPA swim committee for 5 years and chaired the Class A basketball committee for 3 years.
Lionel worked in the Old Town School Department for 37 years with 19 of those years as the high school Assistant Principal. During that time he was named the 1988 Maine Principal Association Assistant Principal of the Year.
Bishop established the very first chemical free graduation party for seniors and received the Governor's award for work with alcohol and drug education.
Marty Clark - By the time he graduated in 1980 Clark had left an impressive mark on the Old Town basketball program. He helped lead the 1980 team to an 18-0 regular season and Eastern Maine Championship. Clark's name is all over the school record book including most rebounds in a season with 357, 1st for most career rebounds with 767, 1st with 73 blocked shots in a season, 6th on the all-time scoring list with 909 total points, and 7th for most points in a season with 357.
Clark not only led the team as a player but also a head coach for 22 seasons. During that time he compiled a record of 209-208. He coached the 1991 team to the Class A State Championship. Marty's teams made 11 tournament appearances and he was named Big East Conference Coach of the Year 7 times. Clark is also the only person to play on an undefeated boys basketball team and coach an undefeated boys basketball team.
Marty has not only made an impact on the basketball court at Old Town, but in the classroom as well with over 30 years as a teacher at the school.
Edward Taylor - As a senior Ed was named the OTHS Outstanding Senior Athlete award and it is easy to see why. He was a tremendous athlete that competed in basketball, football and track. In 1952 he helped his team win the State Championship one year after making it to the Eastern Maine Championship. Taylor was named to the 1952 all-tourney team and was the Penobscot County foul shooting champion. While competing in track he was the 1951 PVC discuss champion and followed that up by winning the 1952 discuss and shot put State Championship. Ed got it done in the classroom as well being named to the 1951 Eastern Maine Football all-scholastic team.
Taylor went on to Springfield College he where again lettered in football, basketball and track. His senior season he captained the football team that went undefeated and captained the track team where he won gold medals in the Eastern Collegiate Championships.
Ed later returned to Old Town where he coached the varsity boys basketball team for 9 seasons leading the 1980 squad to the Eastern Maine Championship. He also coached several state champions in track and field. For his work as a coach he received the 1985 National Federation of Interscholastic Coached Association Distinguished Service Award.
In addition to his work as a coach Ed also spent 15 years as the Physical Education instructor at Old Town High.
Dave Ploch - He is one of the most successful swimming coaches the state has ever seen with an impressive 14 state championships under his belt. Dave spent 21 seasons as the boys head coach leading his team to 13 straight state championships from 1985-1997. This is a Class B record for state titles and tied for the most in state history regardless of class. Ploch also served as the girls coach for four seasons and won the Eastern Maine Championship in 1983 and 86. He was named Coach of the Year eight times, once as the girls coach and seven times as the boys coach.
Dave was the recipient of the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Association State Distinguished Service Award. He was inducted into the Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 2007. Two years after his induction to the Old Town Hall of Fame Ploch again led the school to gold as the boys team claimed their 17th State Championship.
Ploch has also made an impact in the classroom as a teacher in the Old Town school system for over 35 years.
Kelly Thorne Digiulian - A 1988 graduate of Old Town High Kelly was a three-sport athlete lettering in ice hockey, softball and field hockey. She was the first female ice hockey player in Old Town history. Those skills clearly transferred to field hockey where she was named a PVC all-star in that sport. Off the field she was member of the Old Town High School band, Class President and a member of the National Honor Society.
Following high school she attended the University of New Hampshire where she was a member of the Wildcats women's ice hockey team. She helped UNH post a record of 70-15-1 during her four seasons winning 2 ECAC Championships. Kelly helped the Wildcats complete their first 20 win season and was part of the 200th win in program history.
She went on to earn a masters degree in sports psychology from Perdue University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver.
Kelly also became part of the first father daughter combination in the Old Town Hall of Fame by joining her father Gary Thorne who was inducted in 2013.
Rod White - His coaching career at Old Town began in 1983 as an assistant. In 1988 he was named the head track coach and assumed the same role with the cross country team in 1995. He led the 1990 girls indoor track team to State Championship, Another State Championship came under White's leadership in 1994 when the boys indoor indoor track team claimed the title. Old Town track teams have won 12 Eastern Maine Championships under White's guidance.
Coach White also runs the Old Town Track Club through the Old Town Parks and Recreation Department during the summer where he has coached hundreds of the city's youth.
Gloria Burke Boucher - A member of the graduating class of 1953, Gloria made her mark at a time when girls sports were just starting to become an option for female students and certainly did not get the attention that their male counterparts received. Gloria was widely considered one of the best players to ever wear an Old Town softball uniform. She helped lead the 1952 team to an undefeated season and outscored their opponents that season by an impressive 112-40 margin. During her four seasons the team put together a record of 29-7 and scored 529 runs.
Gloria was also one of the first basketball players in school history as the sport started as an intramural offering before reaching varsity status.
1979 Boys Swim Team - The 2015 Hall of Fame ceremony included the recognition of the 1979 State Champion boys swim team. They hold the distinction of winning the first state championship for this sport in school history. This accomplishment occurred in an era when all teams in the state competed in Class A. This team not only completed a perfect 9-0 season, but dominated the state championship meet by beating runner-up Cape Elizabeth by 54 points.
Their state championship performance included placing at least one swimmer in the top 6 of every event and smashed 7 school records along the way. Without the benefit of an individual champion in the state meet, the 1979 team should serve as a shining example of what can be accomplished by epitomizing the meaning TEAM.
Diana Perkins Akerley '80 - A three year starter in basketball and softball, Perkins helped lead the 1980 basketball team to the Class A Eastern Maine Championship. She capped off an amazing career by scoring 32 points in the state championship game against Westbrook.
Akerley was named to the 1980 All-Tourney team and the Bangor Daily News All-Maine First Team.
Playing without the benefit of the 3-point line, Akerley scored over 1,000 points in just three seasons of play.
Following her playing days at OTHS Akerley received a scholarship to play for the University of Maine Black Bears before injuries cut her career short after two seasons.
Richard Carlow '52 - Carlow was amazing three sport athlete in basketball, baseball and football. He helped lead the 1952 basketball team the Class LL state championship, the first in school history. For his efforts he was named the tournament MVP and selected the Bangor Daily News All-Tourney first team.
Carlow also helped the 1951 basketball team advance to the Eastern Maine Championship.
In his senior year, Carlow helped the basketball, baseball and football team compile an overall record of 27-8.
Sarah Wilcox '09 - A three sport athlete at Old Town High School, Wilcox excelled in field hockey. She was a four year starter for the Coyotes before taking her talents to the UMass Lowell.
Wilcox helped lead the River Hawks to four straight national championship games and claimed the title her sophomore season.
She is a two-time All-American and named captain her senior season when she was also named Northeast-10 Conference tournament MVP.
Wilcox capped her college career by being named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association North/South Senior All-Star Game.
Doug Springer - Doug made a lasting impact on swimming at Old Town High and has the hardware to prove it. Springer led the Old Town girls to 6 straight Class B Championships, taking the titles in 1992 through 1997. No other girls coach has accomplished this feat in the history of Maine high school swimming regardless of class.
Springer also had success as the boys coach winning the Class B state championship in 2003.
A former school board member, Doug is also the former Director of the Old Town-Orono YMCA where he was instrumental in the development of several programs including the construction of their swimming pool and field house.
Springer is still active in the swimming community as Head Coach of the Saddlebrook Swim Club in Arizona.
Melanie Brockway O'Keefe '86 - Melanie was a standout athlete in track and field hockey. Despite tremendous success by Old Town track teams over the years, two school records still bear her name including the indoor 55m high hurdles in 8.6 seconds set in 1986 and the 100m high hurdles in outdoor track with a time of 15.4 seconds.
Following her high school career O'Keefe continued her success on the track with a four year college career at Colby College.
Sterling LeBlanc '65 - Sterling played both baseball and basketball at Old Town High. In 1965 he set the then MacKenzie Gym record with 39 points in a single game. He was named the teams MVP that season.
Following graduation he went to the University of Maine Fort Kent to play basketball where he helped the Bengals win their first Northeast College Conference championship.
LeBlanc scored 1,000 points and was named to the 1969 college all-star team.
After graduating form UMFK he went on to teach and coach at Van Buren High School, leading the Crusaders boys basketball team to their first ever Eastern Maine tournament appearance.
He was inducted into the UMFK Hall of Fame in 2012.
An avid runner, Sterling is credited with organizing the Pen Bay Pacers Running Club in 1982.
Sterling passed away in 2010 after a battle with ocular melanoma.
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