Richard L. Whitmore, President of MSHOF, announced the retirement of Executive Director Thaxter Trafton and the appointment of Mary Mitchell Friedman as the Interim Executive Director, effective October 1, 2014. Whitmore and the MSHOF are grateful to Thaxter Trafton for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Hall and wish him well in his new endeavor with the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Thaxter will remain as an important member of the Board. Whitmore said Mitchell Friedman will serve as Interim Executive Director with responsibility for the daily operations of the organization as well as the implementation of long range planning goals to increase the profile of the MSHOF throughout the State. The focus will be on expanding the Hall of Fame’s annual signature events of the Honors and Induction Banquet and the Golf Tournament as well as developing a comprehensive fundraising campaign for an Institutional Endowment to support our scholarships and statewide programming initiatives.
Mitchell Friedman, a native of Waterville, Maine, attended Waterville High School (1975) and Colby College (1979) where she played basketball for the Women’s Varsity team and managed the Men’s Varsity Basketball team under the leadership of Coach Whitmore for all four of her undergraduate years. A Phi Beta Kappa Scholar and Donald P. Lake Outstanding Senior Scholar/Athlete Award Winner, Mitchell Friedman went on the University of Maine School of Law, graduating in 1982. From there Mitchell Friedman practiced law for a period of several years both in Washington D.C. and in Portland, Maine. She retired as a Partner from the firm of Petruccelli, Martin, and Haddow in 1996.
Beginning in the mid-1990’s, Mitchell Friedman’s focus was on charitable work for several Maine non-profit organizations. She was the first President of the Maine Equal Justice Partners and Project, a legal services provider for low-income Maine citizens. Mitchell Friedman was also a founding Board member and the Past President of the Senator George Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute and continues serving on that Board at the present time.
In 2012, Mitchell Friedman began her tenure on the MSHOF Board of Directors, serving on several committees and working closely with President Whitmore to implement organizational changes. Mitchell Friedman is enthusiastic to work with the Board in her new capacity as Interim Executive Director to serve the core mission of the Maine State Hall of Fame:
A BETTER MAINE THROUGH SPORT.
WATERVILLE — The Maine Sports Hall of Fame will induct nine new members May 4, 2014 at its 39th annual awards banquet at the Augusta Civic Center.
Inductees are Julia Faith Dawson Clukey, Augusta; Jack W. Cosgrove, Bangor; Joseph L. Ferris, Brewer; Edward J. Flaherty, Portland; William (Bill) Green, Cumberland; Eleanor D. Logan, Boothbay Harbor; George J. Mitchell, New York City; Steven M. Pound, Greenville; and Abigail L. (Abby) Spector, Waterville.
Also, five scholar-athletes will be honored as recipients of $5,000 scholarships: Carsyn Koch, Washburn District High School; Ian Lee, Madawaska High School; Alexandra Logan, Cheverus High School, Portland; Mikayla Turner, Messalonskee High School, Oakland; and Rayne Whitten, Massabesic High School, Waterboro.
William E. Haggett, West Bath, will receive the President’s Award.
Tickets are $40 for members of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and $50 for non-members. A reserved table for 10 is $400. Tickets may be purchased until April 29. A social hour is scheduled for 11 a.m. and the dinner buffet will begin promptly at noon.
Make checks payable to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. To purchase tickets online, click here.
Julia Faith Dawson Clukey — America’s top-ranked women’s luger ranked sixth in the world with two second-place finishes on the World Cup circuit, Clukey missed qualifying for the U.S. Olympic luge team December 13, 2013 finishing sixth by 0.013 seconds.
Jack W. Cosgrove — Head football coach at Maine since 1993, Cosgrove led the Black Bears to a 10-3 record in 2013 that included the school’s first Colonial Athletic Association title. For the second time in three years, Cosgrove was named Coach of the Year by the New England Football Writers Association.
Joseph L. Ferris — Pitching for Maine in the 1964 College World Series, Ferris recorded wins against Seton Hall and Southern California and was credited with a save in the Black Bears’ victory over Arizona State. He was selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Edward J. Flaherty — All-America performer at Maine in 1975, Flaherty has served as head coach of baseball at Southern Maine since 1986. His teams have made seven World Series appearances, winning national titles in 1991 and 1997. During Flaherty’s tenure the Huskies’ record is 842-379.
William C. (Bill) Green — Through the “Green Outdoors” and “Bill Green’s Maine,” the Bangor native has created a distinctive and recognizable visual platform for the state’s recreational and outdoor sports. Green is a registered Maine Guide who enjoys hunting and fishing, especially for stripers.
Eleanor D. Logan — Logan won a gold medal with the U.S. women’s eight crew in the 2008 Olympics at Beijing and repeated four years later in London. Last year the Stanford graduate won the single sculls at the National Selection Regatta. She is preparing for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero.
George J. Mitchell — An international statesman, Mitchell is a central figure in two high profile sports-related developments. He was selected by Major League Baseball in 2006 to lead an investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In 2012 Mitchell served as an independent third party athletics integrity monitor for Penn State in the wake of a sex abuse scandal involving a football coach.
Steven M. Pound — At Stearns High School, Pound led the Minutemen to the 1968 State LL championship, averaging 40 points per game, including a 68-point performance against Caribou. During his career at Acadia University in Halifax, NS Pound was twice voted Athlete of the Year.
Abigail L. (Abby) Spector — At the age of 15, Spector won the first of seven state women’s amateur championships and was awarded a full golf scholarship at the University of North Carolina. In 2001 she won the New England Women’s Amateur title. Spector was “best overall” at UNC in 2003.
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (prime criteria: athletic, academic achievement, community service)
Carsyn Koch, Washburn District High School
Koch, a four-time individual Class D cross country champion, also played on three state championship basketball teams and the 2013 Class D gold medal squad in soccer. She has a grade point average of 98.41 and ranks first in a class of 32.
Ian Lee, Madawaska High School
Lee is the Maine schoolboy career scoring leader in soccer with 127 goals, 38 in the Owls’ 2013 Eastern Maine Class C boys soccer gold-medal season. Twice honored as Class C Maine Soccer Coaches Association player of the Year. He has a grade point average of 3.779 and ranks sixth in a class of 46.
Alexandra Logan, Cheverus High School, Portland
Logan was a standout for the Cheverus girls lacrosse team, winner of the 2013 state Class A championship. She earned All-America honors and is Academic all-America. She has a grade point average of 4.15. Logan has been accepted at Bowdoin College and will concentrate in neuroscience.
Mikayla Turner, Messalonskee High School, Oakland
An all-around performer at Messalonskee, Turner will graduate with 12 varsity letters, assisting the Eagles to four appearances in regional championship games. She is recipient of the school’s outstanding service award. Turner has a grade point average of 101.97 and ranks second in a class of 203.
Rayne Whitten, Massabesic High School, Waterboro
A three-sport participant in soccer, indoor track and lacrosse, Whitten led the lacrosse team to a Western Maine Class A championship in2013. She was selected as a U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic performer. She has a grade point average of 102.31 and ranks first in a class of 234.
PRESIDENT’S AWARD (presented to an individual who has bettered sport and athletics and become a leader at state and national levels)
William E. Haggett, West Bath
An exceptional athlete at Morse High School and Colby College, Haggett coached American Legion baseball for several years in Bath. His leadership was a central factor in the creation of athletic and sports opportunities in the city. He currently serves on the board of the Maine Winter Sports Center in Aroostook County, a group that is among the most successful in the nation in its support and development of winter sports at the Olympic level.
WATERVILLE, Maine — William E. Haggett of West Bath, one of Maine's premier business executives, will receive the Maine Sports Hall of Fame President's Award at its annual induction ceremony Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the Augusta Civic Center.
The President's Award is presented to an individual who has bettered athletics and become a leader at the state and national levels.
“Bill Haggett's achievements identify naturally with the criteria for thisrecognition,” said Richard L. Whitmore, president of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. “On behalf of the board of directors, and very personally, this expression of gratitude and respect honors his commitment and administrative skill.”
A native of Bath, Haggett is a distinguished graduate of Morse High School and Colby College. He has been a Maine Sports Hall of Fame board member for more than a decade and is the board's first vice president.
“Honoring his service and achievements is a significant milestone for the Maine Sports Hall of Fame,” said Whitmore. “Bill Haggett embodies the goals, spirit and energy of our organization. The contributions he has made to the state of Maine are of great significance to our people and economy. This honor is a heartening testimonial to his remarkable career.”
Haggett was a multi-sport athlete at Morse and Colby. He coached American Legion baseball for several years in Bath; his Smith Tobey Post team finished runner-up at the 1963 Northeast Regional tournament.
His leadership was key in the creation of athletic opportunities for youth in the Bath area through his work with the Bath YMCA and other sports groups in the city of shipbuilders. He serves on the board of the Maine Winter Sports Center in Aroostook County, which has been one of most successful in the nation in its support and development of winter athletes to reach Olympic-level caliber.
In the corporate sector, Haggett had a long and successful career at Bath Iron works, rising to CEO and chairman of the board of one of the nation's premier shipyards. He subsequently served as president of Saint John Shipbuilding in Canada, undertaking a major combatant shipbuilding program for the Canadian Navy.
After completing his shipbuilding responsibilities in the late 1990s, Haggett returned to Maine. He has managed several Maine-based agricultural businesses, including Pineland Farms Natural Meats, Pineland Farms Potato Company and Pineland Farms Cheese Operation. Pineland companies, headquartered in New Gloucester, Maine, have become national in scope while maintaining a significant presence in Aroostook County.
While pursuing business objectives has been Haggett's passion, his support of the MSHoF as the standard-setter for athletes of all ages and skill sets has helped solidify the organization's role — recognizing athletic excellence at the highest level and supporting Maine's most worthy scholar-athletes.
For more information about the MSHoF, including how to become a member, visit our membership page.