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.
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.