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2004 Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame

   

JOE AMOROSINO ('62): A former standout athlete at Sharon High School (Mass.) and Plymouth Teachers College, Amorosino has enjoyed a 40-year career as a high school and college coach, professional basketball scout, and basketball camp director. He has been a scout the past nine years for the New Orleans Hornets of the National Basketball Association, and has spent more than 30 years in a key role in the management and operations of the Dave Cowens Basketball School.

Amorosino earned varsity letters at PTC in soccer, basketball and baseball, but it was his role as manager and student assistant coach of the basketball team under Coach John Foley that sparked his successful career. It was this experience that helped Amorosino become head basketball coach at Hopkinton High School (Mass.) at age 22, the youngest head coach in the state. He went on to a distinguished basketball coaching career at Quincy High School (Mass.), leading his teams to seven state tournaments and one Suburban League Championship. He also coached three undefeated soccer teams at Quincy as well as coaching the track and cross country teams.

Amorosino coached basketball at the college level at Boston University, Suffolk University and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He has previously been inducted into the Halls of Fame at Sharon High School, Quincy High School, and the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association.

 

ADAM DeCHRISTOPHER ('99): One of PSU's all-time top men's basketball players, DeChristopher was a four-year starter at point guard and with 2,090 points, is one of only two 2,000-point scorers in school history. He set the school record for career three-point baskets (278) and tied the mark for three-pointers in a game (8). He was a two-time All-New England selection and was named First Team All-America and Northeast Region Player of the Year as a senior in 1999.

A native of Brockton, Mass., DeChristopher broke onto the scene as Little East Conference Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 1995-96. He led the Panthers in scoring each of his last three seasons, averaging 19.2, 19.3 and 21.9 points per game and earning All-Little East Conference honors. He helped the Panthers to a combined 77-35 record in four years, including a then-school record 22-8 mark in 1998-99. DeChristopher helped lead the Panthers to the post-season all four years (NCAA in 1996 and ECAC from 1997-99).

DeChristopher also played two seasons as a starting pitcher on the Panther baseball team, and was named to the Little East Conference All-Tournament Team in 1998. He was Plymouth State's Male Athlete of the Year in 1999.

 

ELAINE FLANAGAN-SWETT ('85):  One of the standouts of the Plymouth State softball teams of the early 1980s, Flanagan Swett excelled for three years on the diamond after transferring from the University of New Hampshire. She was named All-New England her junior season after earning Converse All-America honors as a sophomore in 1983, the first Plymouth State female athlete to be named All-America.

A native of Manchester, N.H., Flanagan was a third baseman and key player on the Panther teams that posted a combined record of 43-30. She helped Plymouth State to an 18-11 record in 1984, a standard for wins that stood for 10 years, and a berth in the ECAC Division III New England Tournament, the first in school history. The 1985 team finished with a 15-11 record and the championship of the ECAC New England Tournament, defeating Westfield State once and Bridgewater State twice on the final day to claim the title. It was the program's only ECAC Championship until the 2003 team duplicated the feat.

Flanagan was an outstanding defensive player, leading the team in assists in 1984 and in fielding percentage in '85. She competed for several years in summer softball leagues before hanging up her cleats in 1993.

 

STACEY FREDA ('95): One of the top athletes in school history, Freda was a standout on the Plymouth State lacrosse teams but was more widely known as one of the all-stars on the nationally-ranked Panther soccer teams of the 1990s. She was a captain and First Team All-America as a senior and went on to win Plymouth State's Female Athlete of the Year Award in 1995.

A native of Windham, N.H., Freda burst onto the scene in 1991, when she was named Little East Conference Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year. She went on to earn All-New England honors as a junior, and was named Little East Conference Player of the Year and All-America as a senior in 1994. Her 12 goals her senior season and her 18 career assists both rank among the all-time Panther bests. Freda helped the Panthers to four consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament berths and two Final Fours, and a remarkable combined four-year record of 62-7-6.

Freda has been a successful coach and athlete since her graduation from Plymouth State. She earned a Coach of the Year Award as the soccer coach at Dracut (Mass.) High School in 1996, and has been the soccer coach at Weston (Mass.) High since 1999. She coached lacrosse for several years at Billerica (Mass.) High, and has been the lacrosse and ice hockey coach at Framingham (Mass.) High School since 2002, earning Coach of the Year honors three times and leading the lacrosse team to the conference championship in 2004. Freda has won titles in Massachusetts and New Hampshire Women's Golf Association tournaments, and she ran the 2004 Boston Marathon.

 

HANK LaBRANCHE ('65): A high school administrator in New Hampshire since 1970 and the Superintendent in the Salem School District from 1989-2004, LaBranche was a varsity soccer letterwinner and president of the Men's Varsity Club at Plymouth Teachers College from 1963-65. He was also the manager/statistician for the varsity baseball team.

LaBranche spent several years as a high school coach in the Granite State before his career as an administrator. He took over as Belmont High School from 1965-67, implementing the first varsity soccer program while also coaching basketball and baseball. He was a junior varsity coach of football, basketball and baseball at Exeter High School in 1967-68, and was junior varsity football and baseball coach and varsity basketball coach at Littleton High School from 1968-70, guiding the basketball team to its first Class I Championship in 1970 and a 22-2 record.

During his tenure as an administrator, LaBranche has been very involved in the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association the past 30 years. He was President of the organization from 1981-83, and has served as Chairman of the Finance, Special Task Force, Soccer, Basketball and Eligibility Committees. He was the recipient of the NHIAA Service Award in 1999.

 

NORM SHERWOOD ('89): An outstanding two-sport athlete, Sherwood was a four-year starter for both of Plymouth State's soccer and baseball teams in the 1980s. He was captain of the baseball team as a senior and was named Plymouth State's Male Athlete of the Year in 1989.

A native of Marblehead, Mass., Sherwood was a standout midfielder on the Panther soccer teams from 1985-88 that had a combined four-year mark of 49-19-12 and made four straight post-season appearances. He helped the team to the ECAC Tournament Championship in 1985, followed by three straight NCAA berths. A strong defensive player, Sherwood also finished fourth on the team in scoring his season year.

Sherwood wrapped up his Plymouth State baseball career with a .335 batting average, one of the top marks in the program's history. He also set the Panther single-season RBI record with 39 in 1989. Sherwood helped Plymouth State to four straight winning seasons and a combined four-year record of 82-55, including a 24-14 mark as a senior.