The Maine Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce its class of 2021. These seven will be added to the nine named last year. That ceremony was postponed. All sixteen will be honored on September 26, 2021 at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here. For more information contact Bill Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We are committed to a ceremony this year," said MSHOF President Brian Corcoran. "Whatever the new normal is, we intend to be a part of it."
MSHOF will stage a ceremony keeping CDC and municipal guidelines in mind.
The 2021 inductees in alphabetical order are:
Tom Caron is an Emmy-Award winning NESN Studio Host. The Lewiston native has worked with WGME-TV, the Portland Pirates and NESN, which he joined in 1995. Caron is currently the host of Red Sox pre and postgame shows. He is also play be play announcer for the network's Bean Pot Hockey coverage and host of "The Instigators." a round table discussion about the NHL.
John Donato compiled a 563-271 record coaching girls' basketball at six different schools. His greatest success was at Houlton where he won nine regionals and four state titles. He won two regionals and a state title at Lawrence, the last state title in 2015. Joh is one of only seven Maine coaches to record more than 500 wins.
Robin Emery has won 255 races in Maine, more than any other woman runner, according to the Maine Running Hall of Fame. Her 14 Labor Day Road Race wins and 13 Portland Boys' Clubs wins made her a pioneer and the leader of women's running in the 1970's.
Ed Feeney picked up 415 wins as girls’ basketball coach at Portland High School. Between 1983 and 1997, Feeney’s teams won ten regional titles and three state crowns. Feeney was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2003) and the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame (2020).
Mary Mitchell Friedman is a former Colby basketball player and Portland attorney who is being recognized for her work as Executive Director of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. Friedman insisted on honoring “The Best of the Best” while keeping an eye on social justice and furthering recognition of women in sport.
Leon Gorman built his grandfather’s company L. L. Bean from a folksy Maine store employing fewer than 100 people to a world-wide corporation which employs tens of thousands. An ardent outdoorsman, he developed the company based on the Maine values of integrity, respect, customer service and love of the outdoors.
Matt Mulligan went to Penobscot Valley High School which did not have a football team. He first suited up as a tight end at Husson University before transferring to the University of Maine. He went on to play in the NFL for eight seasons making the playoffs with the Jets, Patriots and Lions.
They will join 2020 honorees Amy Bernatchez, field hockey; Cathy (Narsiff) Caron ice hockey, Tony Fournier, Karate; Merle Hallet, sailing; Lisa Kuronya Coombs, boxing; Marty Milligan, football. Don Richards, swimming; Carroll Ware, fly fishing and Lindsay Whipple Kallas, tennis.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.