"No finer, cleaner-living, or more honorable teacher, none more thorough or dedicated in his dealings with his subjects and his students, could be found anywhere." That' statement, a consensus opinion by all who knew, or participated under his tutelage during a long college coaching career, was written into the euology paid Frederic Delmont Tootell, following his death on September 29th, 1964, after a distinguished 37-year coaching career at Rhode Island State College. Born on September 9th, 1902 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, "Toots" was a 1923 graduate of Bowdoin College, and believed to be the first human ever to throw the hammer more than 200 feet in competition. He is the only Maine college athlete ever to win a Gold Medal in World Olympic games, a feat he accomplished in 1924 in Paris, France. Fred Tootell developed NCAA, National AAU, IC4A, New England and Yankee Conference champions in a variety of track, field, and cross country events, often from material generally recognized as strictly run-of-the-mill. His Rhode Island State College teams won eight consecutive Yankee Conference championships plus being undefeated for twelve consecutive years in dual competition. He was named to the Helms Hall of Fame, receiving the Unlimited Special Award. The three million dollar Rhode Island State College Physical Education Center is dedicated to him. Additional honors to this great gentleman were appointments as President of the Association of Collegiate Track Coaches of America, the National Track Coaches Association, the National Collegiate Cross Country Coaches Association, Chairman of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the IC4A, and the National AAU Track and Rules Committees, member of the Board of Governors of the National AAU, the College Athletic Business Managers Association, National Tennis Coaches Association, and the International Track Coaches Association. Fred Delmont Tootell was a tremendous credit to himself, his family, his profession, and to Bowdoin College.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
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.