Inducted in 2001
Robert Pickett
Born on February 22, 1932 in Bangor, Maine
Education:
Cony High School, 1952
Maine Central Institute, 1953
University of Maine Orono, 1959

Coach Bob Pickett and championships became synonymous early on, in a sterling career at high school and college levels. Following army service in Europe he quarterbacked a conference championship. The former Cony High School, Maine Central Institute, and University of Maine QB began as an assistant coach at Laconia, N.H. High School in 1959 with a state championship that year. Laconia was again state champions with Pickett as head coach in 1961. Pickett had state championships in 1962 and 1964 as head coach of Portsmouth, NH.

Pickett was named New Hampshire coach of the year in 1961, 1962, and '64. Then, on to the University of Massachusetts as head coach and defensive coordinator in 1971, under one of Old Town's many sports prides, Dick MacPherson. (MSHOF inductee 1985). He served as defensive coordinator for MacPherson for seven years. Under Pickett's tutelage, the UMASS defense held opponents to less than 3,000 yards total offense four times in seven years. Since 1978, that feat has only been achieved three times - twice while Pickett was head coach.

In 1978. Pickett was elevated to the head coaching spot after Dick MacPherson left for a position with the Cleveland Browns. That season stands today as perhaps the greatest in UMASS football history. The Minutemen advanced to their first ever Division I-AA Championship game. Among the highest scoring games of the season was a 27-0 rout of I-A foe Boston College in the final week of the regular season and a 44-21 thumping of NO.1 and previously undefeated Nevada-Reno in the NCAA Playoffs. The squad was the only one in UMASS history to win the prestigious Lambert Cup and Pickett earned the Stan Lomax-Irving T. Marsh Eastern Coach of the Year Award from the New York Football Writers Association as well as the Boston Gridiron Club's Coach of the Year Award. In 1997 Pickett received the Western Mass Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Henry Butova Award for Contributions to College Football. In 1999 he received the All American Football Foundation Johnny Vaught Life Time Achievement Award for Head Coaches.

Pickett was chairman of the Bulger Lowe Committee to select the outstanding college player in New England and was President of the New England College football Coaches Association from 1980-83 and the American Football Coaches Association Rules Committee from 1978-81. UMASS Athletic director Bob Marcum once said of Pickett, "When we have gone to the National Football Foundation dinner, it's amazing to see the number of people who know Bob and say nice things about him."

Bob

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