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PSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct seven new members

PSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct seven new members

Class of 2014 to be enshrined on Oct. 25 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University will honor its athletic heritage this fall when seven new members are enshrined into the PSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

            This year’s induction ceremony, set for Saturday, October 25, will mark the 30th group to be enshrined into the PSU Athletic Hall of Fame.  The contingent honors some of the elite Panther student-athletes and coaches over the last four decades, representing the sports of lacrosse, basketball, field hockey, softball, football, soccer and wrestling.

             The 2014 inductees are:

* Bethany Brown (‘06), four-time Little East Conference First Team All-Star in women’s lacrosse who ranks second on PSU’s career scoring list, helping the Panthers to three conference championships and four post-season appearances.

* Stew Curran (‘76), three-sport letterman at Plymouth State, specializing in lacrosse where he earned All-New England honors and led the team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance; also lettered in wrestling and football and went on to a successful lacrosse coaching career.

* Whitney Morin (‘03), former Little East Conference First Team All-Star in women’s basketball who ranks fifth on PSU’s career scoring list, helping the Panthers to four straight 20-win seasons and two ECAC New England Championships.

* Vicki Parady-Guay (‘79), longtime successful teacher, coach and athletic director at Hollis-Brookline and Sanborn Regional High Schools, where she received several awards for her service to the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association.

* Joel Perry (‘97), starting quarterback on two undefeated Freedom Football Conference championship teams, leading the Panthers to a 19-2 record, two NCAA Division III Championship appearances and the first NCAA Tournament victory in the program’s history. 

* Phil Rowe (‘74), former Plymouth State basketball and baseball player who has been a collegiate coach and athletic administrator for four decades, including successful stints as Panther women’s soccer and men’s basketball coach.

* Jeff Santos (’97), three-time NCAA All-American wrestler for Plymouth State who earned All-New England honors all four years and captured two New England championships. He helped the Panthers two a pair of New England team titles and a runner-up finish.

            The Hall of Fame activities on Oct. 25th will be held at The Savage Welcome Center in the PSU Ice Arena. The evening’s festivities include a reception at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the induction ceremony at 7:00 p.m. This year’s group increases the total number in the Hall since it began in 1985 to 173 individuals and six teams.

            The entire list of inductees and profiles on each member, as well as a nomination form open to the public, is available on the PSU Athletics Website at athletics.plymouth.edu. For tickets or more information, call 603-535-2770. 

               BETHANY BROWN (’06):  A scoring stalwart for the outstanding Plymouth State women’s lacrosse teams from 2003-06, Bethany Brown was named Little East Conference Rookie of the Year in 2003 and was selected First Team All-Little East all four years. She scored at least 46 goals in each of her four seasons, and concluded her career second on PSU’s all-time scoring list with 198 goals and 253 points.

               A native of Norwich, Conn. (Norwich Free Academy), Brown earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2003 after scoring 46 goals and adding 15 assists. She followed that with a 52-goal, 19-assist performance as a sophomore and tallied 49 goals and nine assists as a junior; Brown capped her career with another 50-goal effort as a senior, finishing with 51 goals and 12 assists.

               Brown was a key figure on Panther teams that finished with a four-year mark of 57-15, including an LEC mark of 23-0, winning four straight Little East regular season titles and three LEC Tournament championships. She helped the team to ECAC New England Tournament crowns in 2003 and 2005, and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2004 and 2006, including a berth in the Regional Final in 2004.

               STEW CURRAN (’76) A standout lacrosse player for the Panthers from 1973-76, Curran was a four-year letterman and Colonial League All-Star at three different positions. He starred for the Panthers at attack, midfield and as a goalie, serving as co-captain as a senior and leading the team to a 29-17 overall record and an appearance at the 1976 NCAA Division II National Championships.

               A native of Framingham, Mass. (Framingham South H.S.), Curran came to Plymouth State from Bridgton Academy (Maine), where he was an All-American midfielder. He was a leader on the offensive side his first two years before he moved to goalie to help the team, and went on to become one of the top netminders in the region, earning a spot in the prestigious East-West New England All-Star game. Curran was also a four-year member of the Panther wrestling team, and had a stint on the football squad as well.

               Curran has enjoyed a successful lengthy career coaching lacrosse at the high school level.  He earned League Coach of the Year honors in successive seasons while at Cohasset (Mass.) High School, and is currently the head coach at Thayer Academy. He has been involved for many years in officiating lacrosse, and has started a number of lacrosse clubs, camps and clinics.

               WHITNEY MORIN (’03): A former shooting guard for the strong Plymouth State women’s basketball teams from 1999-2003, Whitney Morin was a First Team Little East Conference All-Star as a senior after leading the team in scoring. She holds the program record for points in a season with 528 in 2002-03, and she finished her career fifth on PSU’s all-time scoring list (and still ranks sixth) with 1,180 points.

               A native of Derby Line, Vt. (North Country Union), Morin came off the bench as a freshman and sophomore, helping the team to a pair of 20-win seasons and ECAC post-season berths. Morin blossomed as a junior, averaging 12.8 points per game and earning the ECAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player award, and she enjoyed a terrific senior season, averaging career highs in scoring (17.0 ppg), rebounding (5.1 rpg), and assists (3.8 apg) and earning All-LEC First Team and All-New England Third Team honors and repeating as ECAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

               Morin helped the Panthers to an 84-33 record in her four years, including four 20-win seasons and a program-best 23-8 mark as a senior.  She led the team to ECAC New England Tournament berths all four years, capping her final two seasons with victories in the ECAC championship game. 

            VICKI PARADY-GUAY (’79): A longtime high school physical education teacher, coach and athletic director, Vicki Parady-Guay has made her mark on New Hampshire at both Hollis-Brookline and Sanborn Regional High Schools.  She was inducted into the New Hampshire Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005, and was a recipient of the prestigious Walter A. Smith Coaches Award from the N.H. Union Leader in 1998.

            Parady-Guay began her career at Hollis-Brookline, where she spent 20 years teaching and coaching varsity field hockey, basketball and softball. She moved to Sanborn Regional in 2000, where she has coached varsity field hockey and basketball the past 13 years. She also served 15 years as athletic director at Hollis-Brookline and is in her 15th year as A.D. at Sanborn.

            Parady-Guay has received several honors from the N.H. Interscholastic Athletic Association and the N.H. Athletic Director’s Association. She was named Athletic Director of the Year for Class M in 1987-88 and 1990-91, and received the Advancement of Girls Sports Award in 2003.  Parady-Guay has been the Tournament Director for the NHIAA state wrestling championships since 1998, and has served on numerous other NHIAA committees. 

            JOEL PERRY (’97):  An All-Star quarterback on Plymouth State’s championship football teams of 1994 and1995, Joel Perry guided the Panthers to a pair of undefeated regular seasons, two berths in the NCAA Division III Championships, and a combined 19-2 record. He was a two-time Freedom Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Star, leading the Panthers to consecutive FFC Championships.

            A native of Fair Haven, Vt., Perry arrived at PSU after transferring from American International College. He made an immediate impact on the Panthers under head coach Don Brown, leading the team to a perfect 9-0 regular season in 1994, throwing for 1,758 yards and 17 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He led the team to the only NCAA Tournament victory in the program’s history, throwing two touchdowns in the final four minutes as the Panthers came from behind to defeat Kings Point, 19-18.

            The Panthers duplicated their undefeated regular season and NCAA Tournament berth in 1995 as Perry was again the top quarterback in New England. He earned ECAC First Team honors for the second straight year after throwing for 1,238 yards and 13 touchdowns.

               PHIL ROWE (’74):  A former basketball and baseball player at Plymouth State, Phil Rowe has gone on to a 40-year career as an intercollegiate coach and administrator. He served 29 years as a coach and is now in his 19th year as an administrator, including stints as six different colleges and universities in the Granite State.

               A resident of Exeter, N.H., Rowe coached at Plymouth State for five years (1985-90), guiding the men’s basketball and nationally-ranked women’s soccer teams. He led the soccer team to the first four NCAA Division III Tournaments, advancing to the title game in 1986, and a five-year mark of 70-19-4. He led the basketball team to four winning seasons in five years and a record of 74-53, including the first 20-win season in the program’s history in 1988-89.

               Rowe has also had men’s basketball coaching stints at New England College, Saint Anselm College, Boston University, Keene State College, the University of New Hampshire, George Washington University, and Endicott College, and held athletic administrative positions at Daniel Webster College, Wheelock College, and Newbury College. He took over as Associate Athletic Director at Saint Anselm in 2014.

               JEFF SANTOS (’97):  A four-time All-New England wrestler and two-time New England champion for Plymouth State in the mid-1990s, Jeff Santos was a three-time All-American by finishing in the top eight in his weight class at the NCAA Division III Championships.

               A native of East Stroudsburg, Pa., Santos broke onto the scene as a freshman in 1992-93, capturing the New England Championship at 177 pounds and going on to place seventh at the NCAA Championships. He earned All-New England honors again as a sophomore, finishing runner-up at 177 and advancing to the NCAAs, where he repeated as All-American with an eighth-place finish. He earned All-New England status as a junior, placing third at 177 and finishing with a 27-6 record, and he capped his career with an outstanding senior season, going 27-4, winning the New England title at 190 pounds and placing sixth at the NCAA Championships.

               Santos was a key member of the Panther team that captured the New England championship in 1993 under head coach Randy Cleary, and again in 1996 under head coach Dave Carlson. He led the Panthers to a 36-14 dual meet record over his four years, finishing with a 104-20 career record.

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