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2000 Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame

   
Deb Biche

DEB BICHE ('92): One of the top players in the successful history of PSC women's soccer, Deb Biche was a standout for the Panthers from 1988-91, participating in four NCAA Tournaments and helping PSC to a combined 62-10-1 record. Playing her first two years under coach Phil Rowe and her last two years under coach Nancy Feldman, Biche helped PSC to NCAA Final Four appearances in 1989 and 1991. She was the Little East Conference Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991, the first two seasons of the conference. Biche earned First Team All-America honors as a senior in 1991, and was named New Hampshire's NCAA Woman of the Year in 1992.

Biche has been involved in coaching women's soccer since her university days, when she coached Youth Soccer in her native Waterville, Maine. She was the head soccer coach at St. Joseph's University in Standish, Maine, for three seasons from 1993-95, finishing as conference runner-up twice and earning Coach of the Year honors in 1994. Biche was assistant soccer coach at Davidson University in Davidson, N.C., from 1996-98, and has been the head coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., since 1998, guiding the 1999 squad to the finals of the ECAC Tournament. She has a two-year coaching mark at St. Lawrence of 25-18-1, giving her a career collegiate coaching record of 58-35-3 in five seasons.

 

Paul Hartman

PAUL HARTMAN: PSC's Chairman of Physical Education and Director of Athletics from 1967-72, Paul Hartman went on to a lengthy career in Athletic Administration. An All-American lacrosse player and one of the last three-sport athletes at Ohio State University, Hartman received three degrees from OSU (BS '57, MS '58, PhD '63). He began his career teaching and coaching lacrosse at his alma mater from 1959-66. After Hartman arrived at PSC, many new athletic facilities were constructed and the program grew from seven to 18 sports, with Hartman coaching several of them, including cross country, skiing, track, and of course, lacrosse. That sport took off under Hartman, producing an All-American and 13 All-New England players, and he was recognized by twice being selected to coach in the prestigious lacrosse North-South All-Star game.

Hartman departed PSC in 1972, spending four years (‘72-76) at Florida International, seven years (‘76-83) at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and 11 years (‘83-94) as athletic director at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. A 2000 inductee into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame and 1998 inductee in the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame, he was the 1974 Man of the Year by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Hartman is retired and living in Damariscotta, Maine.

 

Matt Jozokos

MATT JOZOKOS ('92): One of the most prolific quarterbacks in New England small university football history, Matt Jozokos re-wrote the record books in his tenure running the Panther offense. A four-year starting QB from 1987-90 under coach Lou Desloges, Jozokos was a four-time All-New England Football Conference selection and Two-time All-American. He led PSC to New England Football Conference Championships three times in four years and berths in the ECAC North Championship games ('87, '88, and '90).

Jozokos led PSC to a 36-6 record in his four years, including one of the biggest wins in school history, a 13-12 decision at Ithaca in the 1987 ECAC North Championship. He was a Pizza Hut Third Team All-America in 1988 and Pizza Hut Honorable Mention All-America in 1989. He still holds 12 Panther school passing records, including single-game, single-season and career marks for passes attempted, passes completed, yards passing and touchdown passes. He is the holder of eight individual New England Division III records that still stand, including career passing yards (7,814), career passes attempted (1,044) and completed (539), and TD passes in a season (29) and career (96).

 

Bob Royce

BOB ROYCE ('71): A former four-year member of the PSC Baseball team, Bob Royce has enjoyed a success career in high school athletic administration in the Granite State. Royce was a pitcher for two years and an outfielder for two years at PSC, serving as captain his senior year as well as organizing an intramural program as an undergraduate.

After receiving a Master's Degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio State University, Royce spent one year as Athletic Director at Salem High School before assuming his current position as A.D. at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H. Under his direction, Pinkerton has grown from 15 to 28 sports, from 32 to 55 teams, and from 600 to 1400 student-athletes. The athletic facilities have become some of the best in the state, hosting numerous NHIAA and New England Championship events.

Royce has been involved with numerous committees, including stints as President and Executive Board member of Athletic Directors Associations. He is a former Chair of the NHIAA Volleyball and Lacrosse Committees, and has been Director of many NHIAA Tournament events in nearly a dozen different sports. Royce has received numerous awards from the NHIAA and the NHADA, and is a three-time recipient of the Athletic Director of the Year Award.

 

1983 Men's Soccer Team 1983 PSC MEN'S SOCCER TEAM: PSC made 12 appearances in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Gerd Lutter in the 15 years from 1975 to 1989, but the 1983 team was likely the finest the Panthers had to offer. Ranked second in the nation and tops in New England in Division III, some thought PSC might be the best team in New England, including stronger than top-ranked Division I UConn and Division II Southern Connecticut.

After dropping the opening game of the season, PSC put together a 17-game unbeaten regular season to go into the NCAA Tournament with a 14-1-3 record. The Panthers captured the New England Championship with NCAA victories over Brandeis and Babson, coming from two goals down in the title game to pull out a 3-2 win against Babson. The Panthers upended Union University in the NCAA national quarterfinals, but dreams of a national championship were dashed in the semi-finals by top-ranked and defending champion North Carolina-Greensboro, 1-0, a battle that went scoreless for 110 minutes before penalty kicks decided the outcome (4-3, UNCG). The outcome stopped PSC's 20-game unbeaten streak and gave the Panthers a final record of 17-2-3.

Offensive leader Steve Clark enjoyed a terrific season with 24 goals, and finished a remarkable second in the voting for soccer's Hermann Award, presented to the most outstanding university soccer player in the U.S. (equivalent to football's Heisman Trophy). A four-time All-America and two-year tri-captain, Clark became just the second PSC player selected to play in the Senior Bowl in Las Vegas. All-America honors were also earned in 1983 by Gaspar D'Alexis and Mike Farrugia (tri-captain), and other key members of the 1983 Panther squad include All-New England selection Chris Rasmussen (tri-captain), who tied the school record with 14 shutouts, and a senior class that included Clark, Rasmussen, Doug Karwoski, Devon Parchment and Jeff Rocke.