1987 Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame
PAUL E. AROLD ('63): A native of Methuen, MA, Paul E. Arold enrolled at Plymouth Teachers College in 1959. Before graduating in 1963, he had established a reputation for being an outstanding student as well as a fine baseball player.
After earning a Master’s Degree at Indiana University, Arold went on to coach at Marist College in New York. In 1967 he returned to Plymouth State College where he accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Physical Educations department. In 1968, he was appointed assistant athletic director and also took on a heavy coaching load. Eventually, Arold worked as a head coach for the gymnastics, wrestling, and track teams and as a varsity assistant in basketball and in football. He was a prime mover behind the establishment of football as a gridiron sport at Plymouth State College.
In 1972, just before his sudden and untimely death, Paul Arold was named Director of Athletics at Plymouth State. In 1973, the playing field in front of the college’s Physical Education Center was renamed in his honor.
GUY KENNESON ('60): One of New Hampshire’s top high school pitchers during the 1950’s Guy Kenneson decided to enroll at Plymouth Teacher’s college after graduating from Plymouth High School in 1956.
Kenneson became Coach John C. Foley’s top pitcher and Plymouth’s reputation of having one of the top small college baseball programs in new England was reinforces by the success that that Panthers enjoyed and Kenneson on the mound.
The diminutive Kenneson combined natural ability with baseball smarts to set many pitching records at Plymouth, several of which still stand. His career record was an impressive 18-2, including a 6-0 mark in 1960. In 1959 his earned run average was a sparkling 0.83. He once struck out 22 batters in an extra-inning game.
Kenneson went on to pitch for several years in amateur and semi-professional leagues and was even offered a professional contract by the 1962 New York Mets. Kenneson and his family still reside in the Plymouth area and he is still putting his pitching expertise to good use. He is in the unique position of being a pitching coach for both his alma maters, Plymouth High School and Plymouth State College.
CINDY OSSOLA ('71): Cindy Ossola came to New Hampshire from Torrington, Conn., in 1967 to enroll at Plymouth State College, and has remained in the Granite State ever since.
A fine student, Ossola was also a versatile athlete at PSC. She played a prominent role on three different varsity teams during a time when women’s athletics made great strides at the college.
Ossola played on the first two varsity women’s lacrosse teams at PSC, and she lettered in women’s basketball for three years. But field hockey may have been her best sport. Ossola lettered in field hockey four times, and graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 43 career goals.
Ossola graduated ahead of schedule before the spring semester in 1971, and was immediately hired by the Laconia, N.H. School District, where she successfully coached three varsity sports for a number of years, before being named as director of the Laconia High School physical education department.
DAVE PINKHAM ('77): Dave Pinkham was a soccer standout at White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield, N.H., where he led the Spartans to an undefeated season and the state soccer title in 1972.
After arriving at Plymouth State College, Pinkham had an immediate impact on the PSC Panther soccer fortunes, helping Coach Gerd Lutter’s team to its first post-season tournament ever in 1973.
Pinkham’s competitive nature and clutch scoring ability helped PSC to post-season berths again in 1974 and 1975, and the PSC men’s soccer program established itself as one of New England’s finest. Overall, Plymouth State went 38-18-8 during Pinkham’s four-year tenure as a soccer Panther.
After graduating from Plymouth State, Pinkham and his family remained in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, where he obtained a teaching and coaching position at Gilford High School, where he has compiled New Hampshire’s finest high school soccer coaching record since 1977, 129-26-6, through the 1986 season.
BOB WHITEHOUSE ('69): Bob Whitehouse was a native of Dover, N.H., who came to Plymouth State in 1965, where he established an amazing intercollegiate record as a varsity tennis player. During an incredible four years of competition, Whitehouse remained undefeated in both singles and doubles tennis competition. Crowds would gather for PSC home matches to witness Whitehouse’s wizardry.
Team captain in 1969, Whitehouse was the Varsity Tennis Team Award winner as a senior, and also earned the Varsity Club Award in 1969, presented annually to the outstanding PSC college athlete and citizen.
After graduating from Plymouth State College, Whitehouse remained active in local and regional tennis tournaments, and is a former instructor for an Adult Continuing Education program.
Whitehouse and his family moved to Keene, N.H., in 1973, where they have resided ever since. He and his daughter Kimberly won the mixed doubles competition at the Keene Racquet Club for 1986-87.