1996 Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame


CLARA LEMAY CROWLEY ('29):  One of the true pioneers of women’s athletics in New Hampshire, Clara Lemay Crowley played three years on the basketball team for Plymouth Normal School (1926-28), serving as team captain in 1928.

A former standout of Manchester Central High School, Mrs. Lemay Crowley also participated in tennis at PNS. She went on to be instrumental in the growth of girls’ sports in the state, officiating games all around New Hampshire and coaching several sports at numerous locations.  She coached girls’ basketball at Charlestown High School in 1929 and 1930, and at Central High School from 1931-39, where she also coached the swim team one year. Her final stint in coaching was in 1956, when she coached the girls’ basketball and volleyball teams at Epping High School. Mrs. Crowley now lives in Gilford, NH.


CHARLES (CHUCK) LENAHAN ('70): One of the most successful high school football coaches in New Hampshire at Plymouth Regional H.S., Chuck Lenahan has also become well-known for his tenure at Athletic director at PRHS. He played on one of the first football teams at Plymouth State College, and Lenahan was instrumental in helping the club team gain varsity status.

In his Illustratious 25-year football coaching career (entwering 1996), he has led PRHS to seven state championships, and a record of 176-55-1 (.761). He was selected Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1982, and was Regional Coach of the year in 1982. Lenahan is equally as proud of his administrative accomplishments, including being honored as N.H. Class I Athletic Director of the Year in 1982 and 1995.


BILL TIRONE '72:  Not only is Bill Tirone one of the outstanding Plymouth State wrestlers of all-time, but he has achieved a successful career in education and athletics at the high school level. A four-year member of the PSC wrestling team (1968-72), he was team captain in 1971 and ’72 and sompiled an overall record of 48 wins and five losses. He placed third at the All New England Tourney in both ’71 and ’72, earning all-New England and All-American honors in ’72 before competing in the 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Tirone has been a volleyball, wrestling, and softball official in New Hampshire for over 20 years, and coached varsity cross country, soccer, baseball, and basketball in the ‘70s and ‘80s. a former physical education instructor, he has been Principal at Ashland School since 1983, where he was a finalist for N.H Principal of the Year in ’89 and ’92.


STEVE VAILLANCOURT ('74):  Perhaps the orginal “Voice of the Panthers”, Steve Vaillancourt became well known during the 1970s for publicizing and reporting Plymouth State sports in an era before the college had a full-time person for the job. He served as Sports Editor of The Clock, the student newspaper, and Sports Director of WPCR, the student radio station. He broadcasted seven different Panther sports from all over New England, and his writing efforts got Plymouth State printed in newspapers and magazines around the region and nation.

Vaillancourt also broadcast a weekly PSC sports highlight show on WPNH, and wrote numerous articles for the Plymouth Record. He founded, hosted, and wrote the questions for the popular Sports Challenge Cup, a College Bowl for sport trivia. He now Resides in Manchester.





1966 PSC BASEBALL TEAM: One of the best team’s in Plymouth State College’s athletics history is the 1966 baseball team, which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its championship season. Under legendary Panther coach Joe Clark, the Panthers won their first 11 ball games (doubleheaders were rare in those days), and finished with a 12-1 overall record. PSC finished 11-1 in the New England State College Athletic Conference, capturing the championship among the 17-team league, a sizeable number compared to today’s standards.

Leading players for the team included pitcher Bobby Peacock, who was 5-0 with three shutouts and a 0.59 ERA, fourth in the country, and senior captain Dave Anderson, who was 11th in the Country with a .453 batting average and team highs in doubles (6), runs (22), RBI (17), and stolen bases (11). Anderson is now in his 11th year as a PSC assistant baseball coach.