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1998 Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame

   

JOE DUDEK '98: Probably the most widely-known figure in PSC sports history, Dudek became eligible for PSC's highest honor when he received his Bachelor's degree at graduation in May 1998. A four-time All-American, Dudek's accomplishments are legendary, highlighted by breaking Walter Payton's all-time NCAA touchdown record, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1985 as that magazine's pick for the Heisman Trophy, and a remarkable ninth place finish in the voting for university football's top overall player.

Dudek still holds 10 school records, including touchdowns in a game (5), season (25) and career (79) and rushing yards in a game (279), season (1615) and career (5,570). While some of his NCAA marks have been broken, he still holds the marks for career rushing TDs (76), most career 100-yard rushing games (30) and most games scoring two or more touchdowns (24). Dudek led PSC to a 37-6 record in his four years, with two ECAC play-off berths and the school's first NCAA appearance, and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

 

Denise Rioux

DENISE RIOUX '80: One of the finest female student-athletes in PSC history, Denise Rioux was a standout on the Panther field hockey and softball teams of the late 1970s. She played softball from 1976-79, batting over .300 her last three years and leading the team in 1978 with a .428 average. She served as co-captain as a senior, and still ranks 13th on PSC's all-time list with a .356 career batting average. Rioux played sweeper for three years on the PSC field hockey team, serving as team captain as a senior in 1979 on a team that went to the EAIAW playoffs.

Rioux used her fifth year at PSC to pick up and play lacrosse in 1980, and was a starter on the Panther squad that finished 8-1 and captured the New England Division II title. Rioux has been a very successful coach at Pinkerton Academy in Derry and Nashua High School. She's coached field hockey at Pinkerton since 1984, guiding her teams to a combined 163-40-20 record with three state titles ('91, '95 and '96) and three runners-up ('88, '93, '97). She coached softball at Nashua H.S. from 1985-88, making the state finals in '86, and led Pinkerton from 1989-98, combining for a 163-117 record.

 

George Soares

GEORGE SOARES '91: Perhaps the greatest goaltender in PSC ice hockey history, George Soares is also one of the top goalies the Eastern University Athletic Conference has ever seen. He played between the pipes for PSC from 1982-1986, setting school records for games played and saves. He made more than 700 saves in a season three times, including his senior season when he turned away 790 shots to set an ECAC record. Soares also earned All-ECAC honors his sophomore season when he made 708 saves.

After sub-.500 seasons his first two years, Soares led PSC to a 12-10 mark as a junior and a 19-6 record as a senior, earning the team its first ECAC play-off appearance. The 19 wins were the first time any PSC team had captured 19 victories in a season, and is still the Panther hockey standard for wins in a season. Soares led the team to the ECAC finals in that year, including a thrilling victory over Fitchburg State in the semi-finals.

 

Mike Walsh

MIKE WALSH ‘60: A former three-sport athlete at PSC, Mike Walsh has remained a part of athletics in New Hampshire as coach of several sports at both Plymouth Regional High School and Berlin High School. As a student-athlete, Walsh played basketball, baseball and soccer at PSC, and was a member of the 1959-60 New England Championship basketball team. He started his coaching career at Berlin High School, where he coached football, basketball and baseball from 1960-65.

He moved on to Plymouth High School from 1965-71, where he was Athletic Director and coach of the same three sports and led the football team to state championships in '67 and ‘69. Walsh returned to Berlin in 1971, where he has served as Assistant Principal and coach of football, baseball and girls' basketball. He guided the girls' basketball team from 1974-92, making the State Tournament 16 times in 17 years and advancing to the finals in '75 and '85. Walsh is a member of the New Hampshire Coaches Hall of Fame.