Four new members to be enshrined in October
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two exceptional athletes, a highly successful coach and well-decorated administrator will be enshrined in the Plymouth State University Athletics Hall of Fame this October.
The University's 35th induction ceremony will recognize the accomplishments of the 2019 class on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Eugene and Joan Savage Welcome Center in the PSU Ice Arena.
The 2019 inductees are:
- Eliza Badeau '10, a standout on the Plymouth State women's volleyball team who led the team to a 93-46 record, including a program-best 32 wins her senior year, while making four ECAC Tournament appearances and capturing the program's lone ECAC Championship in 2008.
- Allan Conlan '96, a four-year member of the Plymouth State men's basketball team who remains the program's all-time leading rebounder today, he was part of the 1995-96 team that went 19-9 and was the first to earn an NCAA Tournament invitation.
- Shawn Griffin '88, a four-year member of the Plymouth State men's soccer team and eight-year head coach who led the Panthers to a 92-45-9 mark, five Little East Conference (LEC) regular season titles, three NCAA Tournament appearances and three berths in the ECAC Tournament.
- Carol Dozibrin '77, a long-time administrator whose distinguished career has spanned some 40 years as a respected leader in interscholastic athletics at the local, state and national levels.
The evening will kick off with a reception (6:00 p.m.), followed by dinner (6:30 p.m.) and the induction ceremony (7:30 p.m.). The quartet of new inductees increases the total number in the Hall to 197 individuals and six teams since its inception in 1985. Also being recognized will be Courtney (Albert) Baugher '03, who was selected for inclusion in the LEC Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
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.
Eliza Badeau '10: Badeau was the driving force behind the women's volleyball team's remarkable 32-6 record in 2009. The standout earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-New England Honorable Mention as well as LEC Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors in her senior year. A four-time All-LEC selection, Badeau led all of Division III in attack percentage (0.481) during her senior campaign, while also ranking sixth nationally in kills/set (4.64).
Badeau's name is littered through the program's record books, which includes program-best marks in career kills (1,741), attack percentage in a match (0.923), season (0.481) and career (0.379), highest kills/set average in a season (4.64) and career (3.92) and blocks in a match (10) and career (393). Her 0.89 blocks/set career average is second all-time.
Badeau wasted little time making an impression on the LEC. As a freshman she posted team-highs of 387 kills (3.25/game), a .299 attack percentage, 118 blocks and a 0.99 blocks/game average – all marks among the top four in the conference. She was awarded with All-LEC Second Team honors for her effort, while helping PSU to a 19-14 record and ECAC Tournament appearance.
She avoided the "sophomore slump" as she again posted strong numbers; 318 kills, 3.88 k/g, .337 attack pct., 77 blocks and 0.94 b/g – all tops on the team. The Panthers finished the year with a 20-12 mark and made another ECAC Tournament appearance, but were ousted by the top seed in the opening round.
As a junior she pounded down 488 kills (3.90/game) while hitting .384 and adding nearly a block per game (0.91) in leading PSU to its first (and only) ECAC Tournament championship. She dropped 50 kills while hitting .348 throughout the tournament, which included a sweep of Norwich University and 3-1 upset victories over second-seeded Johnson & Wales University and top-seeded Colby-Sawyer College in the title match, as the team finished 22-14 for the year.
Badeau led the Panthers to 16-straight wins to open her senior season, with the team remarkably dropping just two sets during that span. PSU would finish the year with a program-record 32 wins (32-6), with 25 victories coming in straight sets. She capped her career with another season of eye-popping numbers, including 548 kills (second most in program history), hitting .481 (best in program history) and adding 84 blocks while leading the Panthers back to the finals of the ECAC Tournament.
Allan Conlan '96: A four-year member of the Plymouth State men's basketball team, Conlan ended his career as the program's top rebounder and stood sixth on the all-time scoring list (he is currently 11th). His 851 career rebounds remain the most in school history today, while he became the 13th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000 career point mark, finishing his career with 1,183 points.
The two-time All-LEC First Teamer helped guide the Panthers to a 66-43 (.606) record over his four years, which included the Panthers first-ever NCAA Tournament at-large berth in 1996 and a spot in the championship game of the ECAC Tournament in 1994.
As a senior, Conlan averaged 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, both among the best in the LEC, while shooting 55.2% from the field (third highest in the conference). His 94 rebounds in LEC play were the 15th highest total in conference history at the time. He led PSU to a 19-9 mark and the finals of the LEC Tournament, where he was selected to the All-Tournament Team. PSU came up short in the title game, but was granted its first at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers fell to Williams College in the first round despite Conlan's team-highs of 13 points and eight rebounds.
Conlan had been even more impressive on the glass as a junior. His 10.0 rebounds per game led the LEC while his 131 rebounds in conference action was the second-most in league history. He added 12.5 points per game (second on the team) to help the Panthers to a 15-11 mark and the semifinals of the LEC Tournament, in which he averaged 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds. He set a career-high with his 18-rebound effort in a win at the University of New England on Feb. 15, 1995.
Conlan enjoyed a break-out year as a sophomore, scoring 334 points (11.1/game) and pulling down 262 rebounds (8.7/game), leading the team on the glass, while finishing second in scoring. He posted team-highs in rebounds in 17 games while helping the team to a 20-10 mark and the title games of both the LEC and ECAC tournaments. Over the team's six postseason games he averaged a double-double (10.2 points, 10.7 rebounds), including a 17-point, 13-rebound effort in a 102-101 win over Salem State in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament.
Over his four years, Conlan led the team in rebounding 54 times (over 109 total games), while recording 33 double-doubles. He was recognized on the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America District I team in 1996.
Shawn Griffin '88: Griffin was a four-year member of the Plymouth State men's soccer team from 1983-86, served as an assistant coach in 1987, then enjoyed an eight-year span of incredible success as the program's head coach from 1992-99. All told, he was part of seven NCAA Tournament teams and four ECAC Tournaments at PSU, before departing for Hobart College where he is currently starting his 20th season. All told, Griffin boasts an impressive 295-163-50 (.630) coaching record across 27 seasons as a head coach.
During his four years as a student-athlete, Griffin helped the Panthers to a 52-14-16 record (.732) with three NCAA Tournament appearances. He was a member of perhaps the best Plymouth State team ever – the 1983 team that was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2000. After dropping the first game of the season the team ran off a 20-game unbeaten streak, which included winning the New England Regional and national quarterfinal games. PSU was nipped in the national semifinals by North Carolina-Greensboro, 1-0, on a game decided by penalty kicks. Three years later the Panthers were again New England Regional champions before losing in the national quarterfinal.
Over his eight years as head coach, Griffin led the Panthers to a 92-45-9 mark (.661), three NCAA Tournament appearances (1995, 97, 98), three ECAC Tournament selections (1993, 94, 99) and the championship game of the first-ever LEC Tournament in his final season, 1999.
His ability to attract and cultivate top talent was a significant component of his success. In his eight years, he mentored five NSCAA All-Americans, 18 NSCAA All-Region selections, five LEC Players of the Year and recruited five LEC Rookies of the Year. Under his guidance a total of 45 student-athletes garnered All-LEC honors, while he was selected by his peers as a four-time LEC Coach of the Year.
Although his 1997 team opened the year slowly, going 3-2 over its first five games, PSU ripped off a 13-game unbeaten streak in which the Panthers outscored opponents by a 55-8 margin. PSU qualified for the NCAA Tournament and topped Wheaton in penalty kicks before falling to Amherst in the regional final by a 3-2 margin.
His team came back with a vengeance in 1998, putting together one of the most impressive seasons in program history. Griffin's Panthers posted 11 shutouts during an unbeaten regular season (16-0-2), just the second in the then 42-year history of the program, which resulted in the team earning the #3 ranking in the nation. PSU was rewarded with the top seed in the New England Region and the right to host the NCAA Regionals. In a rematch with Amherst in the regional semifinal the Panthers came out on top with a 1-0 victory, scoring with just 3:10 remaining in regulation, before being nipped by Williams in the regional final, 3-2, to finish the year 17-1-2, matching the program-record for wins. At the conclusion of the season, Griffin was named NSCAA New England Region Coach of the Year.
His success has continued at Hobart College, where he's posted a 203-118-41 record (.617) in 19 full seasons. His teams have made six NCAA Tournament appearances (2006-09, 11, 17), 12 Liberty League Tournaments, including two championships, and a pair of ECAC Tournaments. A three-time Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year, he has groomed 34 USC All-Region selections, two Liberty League Players of the Year, four Rookies of the Year and 90 all-conference athletes.
Carol Dozibrin '77: Dozibrin has been a mainstay among interscholastic sports in the state of New Hampshire since obtaining her degree in physical education from Plymouth State. Her lengthy career includes time as a teacher, coach and administrator at four different schools.
Dozibrin got her start at Farmington High School in 1977 where she taught physical education and served at the junior varsity basketball coach. After two years she moved to Timberlane Regional Middle School, filling the roles of PE teacher, cross country and track & field coach and director of athletics for ten years. She moved to Newport Middle High School where she taught PE and served as director of athletics for another ten-year stint from 1989-99, before capping her career with a 19-year stay as director of athletics at Winnacunnet High School from 1999 until her retirement following the 2017-18 school year.
Dozibrin remains an active member of the New Hampshire Athletic Directors Association (NHADA) where she currently serves as the group's first Executive Director, a title she's held since 2017. Dozibrin is a former NHADA president and treasurer, served on the spring conference committee for 26 years and chaired the awards committee from 1996-2017. In 2006 she was presented with the NHADA State Award of Recognition.
She has also been heavily involved with the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association for a number of years. She served as chair of the NHIAA football committee and was also a vital member of the coaches Education, Finance, strategic planning, sports officiating and gender equity committees. She served on the NHIAA Council from 1998-2015, was NHIAA President from 2002-04 and was recognized with the NHIAA Service Award in 2005. In 2016, the NHIAA Advancement of Girls Sports Award was renamed the Carol Dozibrin Advancement of Girls Sports Award to honor her commitment toward promoting the increased participation of females into high school athletics.
Her outreach has not been limited to the Granite State, however. Dozibrin became involved on a national level when she joined the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) in 1987. She has been the New Hampshire Leadership Training State Coordinator since 1998 and currently serves on the National Faculty for leadership training while both teaching and taking multiple leadership training courses. From 2001-04 she served on the NIAAA Board of Directors as an at-large member and in June became a certified master athletic administrator.
Dozibrin has been awarded the National Federation of High School Citation, NIAAA State Award of Merit, NIAAA Distinguished Service Award, is a two-time New Hampshire Athletic Director of the Year and has been inducted in Newport High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2010) and NHIAA Hall of Fame (2013). In December she will be honored at the NIAAA National Conference as the recipient of the Thomas E. Frederick Award of Excellence, presented to an NIAAA member whose loyalty to the association and contributions to the profession locally, state-wide and nationally represent excellence in achievement.
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