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1995 Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame

   
 

DICK BLOOD ('75):  Over the last 15 years, Dick Blood has been one of the top girls’ softball coaches in New England. From 1980-94, he was softball coach at Hopkinton (NH) High School, where he posted a career record of 264-43, including a 37-5 mark in the state tournament. He led his team to 13 straight state tourney appearances, winning the title eight years and finishing runner-up three times. He was selected Coach of the Year in both 1985 and 1987.

A former baseball and basketball player at PSC before graduating in 1975, Blood moved from the high school to the collegiate coaching ranks in 1994, taking over an assistant coach again, having been named to the top post at Cornell University this past August.

 

PETER KANIA ('79):  A 6’4”, 210-pound defenseman, Peter Kania was the first PSC hockey player to attain all-star status around New England. He had his best season in 1978-79 under Coach Dave Webster, when he led the team in scoring with 23 goals and 21 assists in 15 games. Kania was ECAC Division III Defenseman of the Week three times that season, and became the first Panther to be named ECAC Division III First Team All-Star.

Kania helped lead PSC to a 7-1 ECAC record and a 13-2 overall mark, a school record for wins in a season until it was broken in 1986. Kania was selected College Hockey Player of the Week by the Boston Globe, the only Division II/III player to earn the honor.

 

DAVE MINICKIELLO ('64): A former athlete at Plymouth High School and Plymouth State College, Dave Minickiello has become known for his contributions to high school wrestling. In 28 years as a head coach, including 22 years at Keene High School, where he founded the program, he has registered a dual meet record of 302-69-4, with nine state titles. Minickiello’s teams have been first or second in the state 15 times in his 22 years, and he has coached 57 individual state champions.

Minickiello led his team to the New England championship in 1985, finishing runner-up in both ’79 and ’86. In 1986, he was named national Coach of the Year by the National Athletic Coaches Association. He was recently inducted into the New England Association of Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.

 

DOUG WISEMAN ('61):  As a student-athlete, coach, athletic director, and educator, perhaps no one has done as much for PSC athletics over the past 30 years than Douglas Wiseman. A 1961 PSC graduate, he returned to PSC in the mid-1960s as a physical education teacher and coach of tennis, wrestling, soccer, cross country and gymnastics. He led the Panthers to several New England State College Athletic Conference Championships.

After two years away from PSC from 1969-71, Wiseman returned to PSC for good in 1971. He served eight years in the 1970s as Director of Athletics in addition to his post as P.E. Department Chairman. Wiseman has been on the PSC faculty ever since, and has won numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious 1993 Distinguished Faculty Award.