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Plymouth State Athletics reveals 2018 Hall of Fame class

Plymouth State Athletics reveals 2018 Hall of Fame class

Five new members to be enshrined in October

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four standout athletes and one exceptional coach will be enshrined in the Plymouth State University Athletics Hall of Fame this October.

            The University's 34th induction ceremony will recognize the accomplishments of the 2018 class on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Eugene and Joan Savage Welcome Center in the PSU Ice Arena.

            The 2018 inductees are:

            * Lou Desloges '85G, a coach for the Plymouth State football program for 33 years, who led the team to a 55-15-3 (.774) mark, five Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) North playoff appearances, one ECAC North championship and four New England Football Conference (NEFC) titles in his seven seasons as head coach.

            * James 'Mickey' McBride '60, a four-year member of the Plymouth State baseball team who posted a .462 batting average in 1959 – a mark among the top-15 in the nation – while also competing for three years as a reserve guard on the men's basketball team.

            * Chris McCormack '88, '89G, a four-year member of the Plymouth State football team who helped the program to a 37-7-1 (.833) record, four NEFC titles and an ECAC North championship as an offensive lineman.

            * Rebecca (Morse) Smith '99, a four-year starter for the Plymouth State women's basketball team who became the fifth woman to score 1,000 career points and ended her career third on the all-time scoring list (1,089).

            * Mary (St. Germain) Warner '90, a four-year standout goalkeeper on the Plymouth State women's soccer team who led the Panthers to three NCAA Final Fours while recording a program-record 44 career shutouts, a mark that still stands today.

            The evening will kick off with a reception (5:00 p.m.), followed by dinner (6:00 p.m.) and the induction ceremony (7:00 p.m.). The quintet of new inductees increases the total number in the Hall to 193 individuals and six teams since its inception in 1985.

            A complete list of prior inductees and their profiles, as well as a nomination form, can be found on the PSU Athletics website at athletics.plymouth.edu. For tickets to the event or more information, call 603-535-2770.

 

INDUCTEE PROFILES 

 
Lou Desloges (So. Conn. '69)     

            Lou Desloges '85G: Desloges has been a part of Plymouth State football for 33 years, first joining the program as an assistant in 1976. In 1986 he was elevated to head coach, inheriting a team that had won five consecutive NEFC titles while making three-straight postseason appearances.

            The loss of Hall of Fame running back Joe Dudek (HOF '98), who had signed a professional contract with the Denver Broncos after receiving votes for the 1985 Heisman Trophy, left many wondering if that tradition would continue.

            Desloges hit the ground running, though, sporting a 29-4-1 (.868) mark over his first three seasons, capturing three more NEFC championships and earning berths in the ECAC North Championship game each year. The Panthers won 20 consecutive contests between the 1987 and 1988 seasons, a program-best streak that still stands today, which included the program's first win over a New York team, Ithaca College, in the 1987 ECAC North Championship; a 13-12 thriller in "white-out" conditions.

            Ithaca was coming off an appearance in the 1985 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl (Division III's national championship), but Plymouth's Green Wall, which led the nation in total defense, forced turnovers on each of the Bombers final two possessions to secure the victory.

            In his seven years as head coach, Desloges would compile a 55-15-3 (.774) mark while leading the team to five ECAC appearances, including the 1987 title, and four NEFC championships. The 55 career wins stood as the most in program history until current head coach, Paul Castonia, surpassed them in 2016.

            Desloges left Plymouth State after the 1992 season and enjoyed stints as an assistant at Bethany College and Dartmouth College, before returning to the sidelines of Currier Field in 2001. Since his return he has worked primarily with the defensive line, while also spending time as the running backs coach.

 

    
  James 'Mickey' McBride '60

            James 'Mickey' McBride '60: A four-year member of the Plymouth State baseball team, McBride dazzled with his bat-to-ball skills while serving primarily as a second baseman for Hall of Fame coach John Foley (HOF '85).

            McBride hit .314 as a freshman in 1957 and never looked back. Not known for his power, he earned a starting role after smacking a pinch-hit grand slam early in his rookie season. In 1958, he posted a sparkling .462 average to finish among the top 15 across Division III. His success at the plate earned him a spot in the 1959 Official NCAA Baseball Guide as one of the top small college hitters in the country. The mark remains the fifth-highest in program history today.

            In his four years the team finished 34-10 (.773), with the program making its first trip south for spring games, driving to Virginia to face the likes of Norfolk Naval Base and Lynchburg College.

            In addition, McBride spent three seasons as a reserve guard on the basketball team, also under the direction of Foley, missing his senior campaign to fulfill his student teaching responsibilities.

            In 1960, McBride was part of the first class of Physical Education majors to graduate from then Plymouth Teacher's College. Following his graduation he embarked on a 40-year career as an educator, teaching PE and the sciences, while also coaching various sports over a 35-year period.

            After earning his Master of Science in Education from Oklahoma State University in 1970, McBride returned to New England and spent 30 years at The Bromfield School (Harvard, Mass.), where he served as basketball and golf coach, Director of Athletics and Physical Education and Science Department Chairman. During his time there he also started the boy's and girl's tennis programs, earning multiple league championships and qualifying for Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) postseason play numerous times.

            Later, McBride received a grant from the National Space Biomedical Research Teacher Academy where he studied the physiological effects on humans of long space flights with astronaut John Glenn. Following his retirement he returned to Plymouth where he has remained an active volunteer with the Waterville Valley Adaptive Ski program, assisting physically and mentally handicapped children and adults as they learn to ski.

 

 
Chris McCormack '88, '89G     

            Chris McCormack '88, '89G: McCormack helped guide the Plymouth State football team to a combined 37-7-1 (.833) mark from 1985-88, including a program-record 20-straight wins covering the 1987-88 seasons under Desloges. The two-year starting center was a part of four NEFC championship teams and participated in the ECAC North Championship game all four years, including the 13-12 win over Ithaca in the 1987 title game.

             Despite playing a position that did not generate individual statistics, McCormack earned significant recognition for his performances both on the field and in the classroom. The GTE Academic All-America team nominee was also a candidate for Pizza Hut Division III All-America honors. Following the 1987 season McCormack was recognized with Eastern College Football Magazine's Nolan Award presented to the most outstanding small college offensive lineman in New England after posting a 93% blocking efficiency.

            McCormack was the only offensive player from Division III included when the New England Football Writers Association (NEFWA) announced its 1988 New England All-Star team. The remaining offensive all-stars all played at the D-I level; Holy Cross, University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, Boston College and Dartmouth College.

            The two-time All-NEFC First Teamer was named to the All-ECAC First Team in 1988, while also being recognized at the team's annual banquet as the Offensive Most Valuable Player.

            Thanks to his strong work in the classroom, McCormack was awarded the 1987-88 #1 Scholar-Athlete award, while also earning the team's All-Academic Award in both 1987 and 1988. He was also named a Plymouth State Scholar-Athlete following the 1988-89 academic year.

            After leaving Plymouth, McCormack spent five years as an offensive line coach at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has also coached youth football in Melrose, Mass., helped form the Melrose Middle School football team and has served on the Friends of Melrose Football Board of Directors for over two decades.

 

 
     Rebecca (Morse) Smith '99

            Rebecca (Morse) Smith '99: Morse was a dominating force for the Plymouth State women's basketball team from 1995-99, becoming just the fifth woman to score 1,000 career points while grabbing nearly 900 rebounds. She left Plymouth third on the all-time scoring list and her 1,089 career points are still the eighth-most in program history today.

            A three-time All-Little East Conference honoree, Morse was also named the LEC Rookie of the Year after an impressive freshman campaign during which she nearly averaged a double-double (9.8 points, 10.0 rebounds).

            Although she missed the first semester of her sophomore season (seven games) to rehab a knee injury, she returned with a vengeance. Over the final 18 games she averaged 13.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, finishing as the team's top rebounder 15 times. The LEC's head coaches took notice, voting her to the All-LEC First Team.

            Morse picked up Most Valuable Player honors after leading the Panthers to a pair of convincing wins at the MIT Tip-Off Tournament to open the 1997-98 season. The following weekend she was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the Gallaudet Holiday Tournament after pouring in 19 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in an impressive win over Pine Manor in the consolation game. The fast start was a sign of things to come, as Morse would go on to lead the Panthers in scoring (11.6/game), rebounding (8.7/game) and blocks (24), while coming up with 33 steals to earn All-LEC Honorable Mention.

            Morse was unstoppable in a pair of league contests late in her senior year. She dropped 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting and pulled down 12 rebounds in a thrilling overtime win over Keene State, scoring nine of the team's 11 points in the extra frame to secure the win. Three days later she tallied 18 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to knock off Rhode Island College, scoring her 1,000th career point midway through the second half. She went on to earn All-LEC Honorable Mention again, while also being named a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) New Hampshire Division III First Team All-Star.

            Morse finished her career averaging 11.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, while adding 73 blocks and 183 steals. She was inducted into the Wachusett Regional High School Hall of Fame in September 2016.

 

 
Mary (St. Germain) Warner '90     

            Mary (St. Germain) Warner '90: St. Germain was the starting goalkeeper for the Plymouth State women's soccer teams of the late-1980s. Her stellar play in net helped lead the Panthers to four straight NCAA Tournaments, including two Final Fours and one national championship game, while posting a remarkable 44 shutouts, a school record that still stands today.

            A three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American (1986, '88, '89), St. Germain was named to Soccer America magazine's All-America Freshman Team in 1986 after helping the Panthers to a 12-game unbeaten streak, which included a postseason run all the way to the first ever NCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Championship game. The rookie was outstanding in the tournament as Plymouth State upset the number one team in the nation, Cortland State, in the national semifinal, 3-2, before being nipped in the championship game by the University of Rochester (N.Y.) by a 1-0 margin. St. Germain was named the tournament's Outstanding Defensive Player.

            Plymouth State returned to the Final Four again in 1987 and 1989. St. Germain recorded a tournament-record 18 saves in another 1-0 loss to Rochester in 1987, while the 1989 game finished in a scoreless tie with the University of California-San Diego slipping past the Panthers 4-3 in penalty kicks.

            Perhaps her most impressive season came her junior year, when the Panthers finished a remarkable 16-1, outscoring the competition by a 63-2 margin to earn yet another appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Plymouth knocked off Salem State in the regional semifinal, 3-0, but the Panthers were upset by Ithaca in the regional championship. St. Germain finished the year allowing a measly four goals while posting 15 shutouts among her 16 wins. She was awarded NSCAA All-New England First Team recognition for her play.

            All told the Panthers were an extraordinary 62-14-1 (.812) during her four seasons, setting the stage for the dominating teams of the 1990s.

           

 

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