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2001 Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame

   

LINDA (PALLAIT) BOULEY ('63): After earning her physical education degree from Plymouth Teachers College, Bouley spent 37 years as a teacher, coach and athletic director at Littleton (N.H.) High School. She coached field hockey for 27 years, basketball for 12 years, and softball and cheerleading for three years. She was one of the first women to serve in the role of athletic director, and was very involved with the N.H. Interscholastic Athletic Association during her tenure.

Bouley was the recipient of numerous honors in her career. She was the New Hampshire Field Hockey Coach of the Year in 1981, and was a nominee for National Coach of the Year in 1982. Bouley was inducted into the New Hampshire Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1989. She received several honors before her retirement in 2000, including the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) Pathfinder Award for New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Athletic Directors Association (NHADA) Service and State Recognition Awards, and the Littleton High School George W. Pasichuke Memorial Award for dedication to student development and achievement.

Known by her maiden name Linda Pallait in college, she was involved for four years with the Women's Recreation Association and manager of the women's varsity basketball team. She was a member of the Outing Club, a gymnastics exhibition team, and participated in intramural sports. She was the girls JV basketball coach at Inter-Lakes High School while completing her student teaching.

 

Ron Butcher

RON BUTCHER ('65): A former four-year goalkeeper for the Panthers, Dr. Ron Butcher has become one of the most successful university soccer coaches in history. Now in his 32nd season at Keene State College, Butcher is on the verge of becoming just the third men's university soccer coach to reach 500 victories.

After graduating from PSC, Butcher started his coaching career with a two-year stint at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, but it is Keene State where he has made his name. Beginning at KSC in 1970 and nurturing the Owls from their formidable NAIA days through the NCAA Division II years to today's successful NCAA Division III operation, Butcher has produced some outstanding teams and student-athletes. He has led the Owls to a combined 422-165-50 record with 23 post-season appearances, and many of his players have earned All-Conference, All-Region and All-America honors.

With over 30 years of experience and a veteran of more than 600 contests, Butcher has been honored on numerous occasions. He was NAIA Coach of the Year in 1974 and 1981, and he was the NEISL Division II New England Coach of the Year in 1991 and one of eight coaches vying for the National Division II Coach of the Year award. Butcher was also selected Little East Conference Coach of the Year in 1999 after the Owls captured the conference title and made their third straight NCAA Division III appearance.

 

Joe Clark

JOE CLARK: After a lifetime of success as an athlete, coach, teacher and administrator, Joe Clark is now one of the most respected PGA Golf Professionals in New England. He was a successful baseball coach at PSC in the late 1960s, in addition to coaching varsity soccer and golf and organizing the intramural program. He has since become a teacher, coach, administrator, developer, and author of the game of golf the past 30 years.

A 1960 graduate of Florida Southern, Clark led the Panther baseball team from 1964-70 to a record of 88-31, which still ranks as the highest winning percentage (.739) in school history. He was coach of the 1966 squad that captured the conference championship and was inducted into the PSC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

The past owner and developer of Highland Links Golf Club in Holderness, N.H., Clark is a highly-ranked PGA Master Professional and Director of Golf and Instruction at Owl's Nest Golf Club in Campton, N.H. A former Executive Director of the NHPGA and NHPGA Senior Champion, Clark was voted NHPGA Professional of the Year in 1997 and New England PGA Teacher of the Year in 1999. He was ranked by Golf Digest as the Best Golf Instructor in New Hampshire in 2000 and 2001. Clark has taught PGA Tour players, and he is the author and developer of the T-Golf Technique, a mind-body approach to teaching golf.

 

Bette Tirrel De Rocher

BETTE TIRRELL DE ROCHER ('61): Although Plymouth Teachers University didn't have a women's golf team while she was a student, Bette Tirrell De Rocher made quite a name for herself on the state's golf courses. A native of Nashua, Tirrell De Rocher won the prestigious New Hampshire State Championship in the summer before her junior year at PTC, and went on to become the only person to win the career triple crown of women's golf.

Bette Tirrell first made headlines in 1956, when she captured the Junior Women's Championship at the prestigious New Hampshire Women's Golf Tournament. Then in August of 1959, just weeks before starting her junior year at PTC, she became the youngest champion in the history of the N.H. Women's Golf Association Tournament. She won the match-play round on the 16th hole, but completed the final two holes and broke the women's amateur record for the Keene Country Club (one-under-par 75). Tirrell De Rocher was also a five-time runner-up for the state title, including 1958, the year before she won it.

A long-time member of Derryfield Country Club, Bette De Rocher shot a five-over-par 82 to capture top honors at the 1989 New Hampshire Women's Golf Seniors Championship at Tory Pines. This earned her the unique distinction of being the only woman to win the New Hampshire Women's Golf Association's Junior Championship, Senior Championship, and State Championship. She is a former President of the N.H. Women's Golf Association (‘69-'71), and has been a member of the organization for nearly 50 years.

 

Steve Tirrell

STEVE TIRRELL ('89): One of the finest defensive lineman for Plymouth State's renowned Green Wall defense of the 1980s, Steve Tirrell has been successful in university football as both a player and coach. He started his coaching career at Plymouth State, and has gone on to success at Brown University and Northeastern University.

Tirrell helped the Panthers to four New England Football Conference championships and four post-season berths during his playing career, and a combined 38-6 record. He led the team in tackles as a freshman in 1984 and was a key factor in PSC earning its first NCAA berth. He led the Panthers to ECAC berths in '85, '87, and '88, including the memorable upset victory over Ithaca in '87 and the 20 consecutive victories in ‘87-‘88. He earned All-Conference and All-New England honors, and still holds the school records for sacks in a season (14) and career (35) and safeties in a season (3) and career (4).

Tirrell began coaching at PSC under former head coach Lou Desloges. He was a member of the Panther staff under former head coach Don Brown that led the Panthers to consecutive NCAA berths after back-to-back undefeated regular seasons and Freedom Football Conference championships in 1994 and 1995. Tirrell followed Coach Brown to Brown University in 1996, and during his four-year stint helped the Bears capture the 1999 Ivy League Championship. He has been reunited with Coach Brown the past two years, serving as assistant coach at Northeastern University.