Richard "Dick" McGee is referred to as a man for all seasons. Dick has been contributing to athletics at all levels - high school, college, and community - as a player, coach, administrator, and mentor. An athlete who established and maintained a presence in football that spans over fifty years.
He has been honored for his accomplishments in sports at local, state, and national levels.
After graduating from the University of Maine, he immediately accepted the position of football coach at Lawrence High School in Fairfield. Prior to his arrival, the Lawrence football team posted a record of 1-26. In 1955, McGee coached the Bulldogs to an 8-1 season.
In 1964, McGee left Lawrence for the college ranks, accepting a position at Bowdoin College as assistant football coach and head lacrosse coach. McGee stayed at Bowdoin for two years.
Colby College had the good fortune of Dick McGee's sports expertise as head football coach from 1967 to 1978. During those years he led the football team to more victories than any previous Colby coach. Colby's best year under McGee was in 1971 when the Mules went 7-1, losing only to Hobart in the last game of the season.
There is more than coaching football in McGee's background. During his tenure as Director of Athletics at Colby, the athletic department grew from 16 to 27 varsity teams. Of the eleven new teams under his leadership, nine were for women and the participation from women in sports went from 48 to 287 student athletes.
Among the honors bestowed upon Dick McGee are: Maine High School Coach of the Year, 1964; New England College Coach of the Year, 1972; Contribution to New England College Football, 1974; outstanding contribution to New England Athletics, 1996; and, Colby "C" Man of the Year.
One of his crowning achievements is his involvement with the Police Athletic League, an organization he helped found over 50 years ago and which he has served as director for nearly as long. He has also received several Waterville Area Community Awards for his work with the Police Athletic League program. The Richard McGee Athletic Fields in Fairfield are a testimony to his selfless efforts.
Although Dick is "retired," he continues to support his community's recreational programs as he has over the past 50 years.
Dick was a beacon at Lawrence, at Colby, and in the Central Maine area - respected and admired by all that were touched by him on and off the field.
Richard J. McGee resides in Fairfield. He and his late wife Shirley raised four children, Marcia, Michael, Kelly, and Susan. The McGee family also includes ten grandchildren.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.