Wentworth Among The Greats To Enter MBHOF
Four coaches who total well over 2,000 wins wil be inducted into the new Maine Basketball Hall of Fame Thursday night. George Wentworth, DIck Whitmore, Bob Brown and Paul Vachon are among the who's who of basketball coaches in Maine.
Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket continues with its profiles of the inaugural class of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame. Induction night is Thursday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
2014 Inductees / Coaches
Bob Brown – Rockland, Williams High, South Portland, Edward Little, Bonny Eagle, Cheverus, USM, Boston Univ., St. Anselms College. Bob Brown coached for fifty years ( 42 as a head coach ) and won over 600 games. His high school teams won four Gold Balls and seven Regional Championships. His college teams made it to the NCAA tournament 4 times and the 88-89 USM team reached the Final Four, coming in third. He coached at the high school level, and was a head coach at the Div. 3, Div. 2, and Div. 1 levels in college. Bob belongs to 5 Hall of Fame including the New England Basketball Hall of Fame; he is an icon to the Maine basketball community.
George Wentworth – Stearns High SchoolGeorge Wentworth is a legend in Maine basketball. This Notre Dame graduate turned Stearns High School into a perennial champion and helped put Maine Basketball on the map with the 1963 New England Championship. George Wentworth created a comprehensive basketball program many years before it became common practice. As a result, Stearns dominated Maine basketball for over twenty years, until his retirement in the early 70s.
Richard Whitmore – Hall Dale High School, Morse High School, Colby CollegeWith over 635 wins, Dick Whitmore is the most successful college coach in Maine history. His Colby teams won 31 CBB Championships, 3 ECAC Championships, and made 3 NCAA appearances. He directed Pine Tree Basketball Clinic for 38 summers and impacted over 50,000 young players. He is a Maine legend whose influence is profoundly felt by the many ex –players who coach basketball. Coach Whitmore is in demand as a clinician and resource for basketball people beyond the borders of Maine. He is the executive Director of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.
Paul Vachon – Messalonskee, Cony High SchoolThis Augusta native coached his Cony teams to 11 Eastern Maine Championships and 7 State titles. He won 451 games and made the post season 23 consecutive seasons. Paul’s winning percentage of 91% is one of the highest in the nation. He is a sought after clinician and is the Director of the Capital City Basketball Clinic.