Inducted in 1996
Paul Soule
Born on April 12, 1943 in Damariscotta, Maine
Deering High School, 1961
Mt. Hermon School, 1962
Bowdoin College, 1966

Reaching rare heights statewide, regionally and nationally, Paul Soule ranks as one of Maine's very finest football and track figures.

As a Deering High junior, Soule quarterbacked the 1959 Rams to that school's only state Class A football championship with a sparkling all-round performance.

As Purple senior he led a largely inexperienced team to a strong runner-up finish, gaining All-State honors and selection to the Sporting News' Interscholastic All-America Team (fifth team).

In track, Paul paced the extension of Deering indoor-outdoor dominance. He was a steady winner in the dash, high hurdles, 300, shot put, relay indoors; 100, low hurdles, shot and discuss outdoors.

He won consecutive Vinall Trophies in the indoor Southwesterns, set the lasting league high hurdle record of 5.8 Outdoor highlights: 19.1 state record in the low hurdles, one of the best nationally; 19.3 as New England champion.

Soule continued stardom in both sports at Mt. Hermon School. The Boston Traveler named him All-Massachusetts Prep quarterback.

Enhancing a family tradition at Bowdoin College, Paul was converted to halfback and set Polar Bear rushing and scoring records. With a key option pass he helped stage a monumental 7-0 upset of the University of Maine for the state championship his sophomore year.

Soule was All-State and All-New England Small Colleges in '64 and '65.

The Boston Record's Mr. Z rated him the best halfback in New England among all three divisions in '64, No. 2 in '65.

In track, he set the Hyde Cage low hurdle record of 5.5.

He was drafted by the Boston Patriots and signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. But National Guard service aborted his Cowboys' trial.

Reading, Mass., High coaching record in Merrimack Valley League: Boys indoor track, 157-12-2, Massachusetts Coach of the Year, 1981; Girls outdoor track, 89-9-1.

Paul and wife Gail reside in Cumberland and have a daughter Sarah and son John.

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