Dick Whitmore, as Colby College basketball coach with a winning percentage of .631 at an" academic-first institution, is one prime example of an outstanding athlete translating his playing prowess into the instructional and inspirational arena with sustained success - not always the case with such leaps.
The Whitmore pedigree is a telling clue, however. For dad, Dick coached back-to-back Cheverus champions with later success in Massachusetts and mother Mary is also from an athletic family.
Dick got his playing start as Archbishop Williams High School, Braintree, MA, averaging 20 points a game his fourth season.
Next he helped write Bowdoin College basketball history. As the sophomore center, he sparked the Polar Bears of first year coach Ray Bicknell (MSHOF 1995 inductee) to the Polar Bears' first ever state championship and was named all-state in the process. He added a second All-State campaign plus All-New England honors as a senior.
Whitmore next was an immediate success in high school coaching. His Hall-Dale High teams posted a 32-28 record in three seasons as he molded the school's first tournament entries.
He guided Morse High's underdog Shipbuilders into the 1969 Western Maine Class A final as a feature of his 28-18 record in two years at Bath. Starting his Colby tenure at age 27, one of the youngest coaches in the country, Dick has coached the Mules to 472 victories, 209 defeats in 28 seasons; 20 conference championships (18 CBB, 2 MTM); 14 ECAC tournaments, winning 2 titles; 3 NAA tournaments. Six times he's been named Maine college Coach-of-the-Year; thrice New England and once Division III Coach-of-the-Year.
Whitmore also added Colby's athletic directorship in 1987 and has overseen a varsity program burgeoning to 32 sports, 16 of these women's sports; 10 club sports and a large intramural program. His Bowdoin alma mater recognized Dick's profound impact on young people within his broad realm, on and beyond the playing precincts, by naming him Outstanding Alumni Educator for 1991.
Another personal plum was to coach son Kevin for three years at Colby.
Richard and his wife, Katherine, reside in Waterville. They have two sons, Richard, III and Kevin, and two daughters, Marybeth and Amanda.
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