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1997 Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame


DAVE BARRY '71:  One of the most successful coaches in the New Hampshire high school ranks, Dave Barry has achieved distinction at Sunapee High School as a physical education teacher and coach of baseball and girls’ volleyball. A P/E. major and a three-year member of the Panther lacrosse team, Barry went to Sunapee after graduating in 1971 and has been there ever since.

Barry has led the baseball team to a remarkable 323-79 record in 26 years (.803 winning percentage), including six state championships (’79, ’88, ’89, ’94, ’95, ’96) and eight overall trips to the finals. His volleyball teams have had similar success since Barry started the program, posting a 301-49 record over 20 years (.860) and two state titles (’80, ’82) in seven trips to the finals. The N.H. Coach of the Year several times in both sports, Barry received the Walter Smith Coaches Award fromhe Union Leader Corporation in 1997 for service to youth in athletics.


REINER BERTELMANN '73:  A four-year standout on the outstanding Panther men’s soccer teams of the early 1970’s Reiner Bertelmann’s records have stood the test of time. A three-time selection to the All-New England State college Athletic Conference Team (’71-’73), Bertelmann established the PSC career scoring record with 41 goals, 16 assists, and 98 points, a mark that today still ranks #2 on PSC’s all-time scoring list.

He also holds the Panther single-game standards for goals (6 vs. UMaine Portland and Gorham in 1972), assists (3 vs. Castleton State in 1970) and points (13 va. UMPG in the Panthers to NESCAC Western Division Campionships in 1970 and 1972, posting a combined 34-11-3 record in his career under coach Gerd Lutter.



LINDA MARRER '78:  A versatile, multi-sport athlete from an era when women’s athletics was just beginning to blossom, Linda Marrer played five sports at Plymouth State, making her biggest mark in field hockey. She was a physical education major and four-year varsity field hockey player (’73-’76), serving as team captain her senior year. She scored six goals in a game against Salem state in 1973, a PSC mark that still stands today for most goals in a game. That also earned her PSC Athlete of the Week, the first women to receive that honor.

Marrer also played two years for the Panther basketball, as well as a season each on skiing, softball, and lacrosse teams. She remained active in field hockey after her collegiate career, and was involved in coaching field hockey at Plymouth Regional High School and softball at Plymouth State.


1982 PSC Football Team:  Plymouth State has the highest all-time career winninh percentage in the history of NCAA Division III football, and it is widely regarded that this was the team that catapulted PSC into the national spotlight. Entering the season on a nine-game winning streak under the second-year head coach Jay Cottone, the Panthers rampaged through its 10-game schedule, going 10-0 and winning both the New England Football Conference and the prestigious Lambert Trophy signifying supremacy in Eastern College Football. PSC posted a remarkab;e six consecutive shutouts, scoring at least 34 points in all six games, and outscoring its opponents 414-48 over the course of the season.

The Panthers, who set more than 40 team and individual records, led the nation in pass defense (48.8), total defense (122.2) and interceptions (25), and was second in the nation in scoring offense (41.4) and scoring defense (4.8). Among the long list of individual honors received by PSC in ’82 were: Cottone was names NEFC Coach of the Year, senior linebacker Mark Barrows was selected to the Kodal All-American team, and freshman running back Joe Dudek was tabbed ECAC Rookie of the Year.