An all-round athlete, coach, athletic director and official in various sports (especially harness racing), "Mose" Nanigan starred in football, basketball, and baseball at Madison High and carried on these sports while adding track at the University of Maine, Orono. He gained All-Maine and All-New England honors at UMO. He ranks as one of Maine's all-time great baseball hitters with a .413 average.
After football and baseball coaching at Madison High, he guided Bangor High to its first football championship. On to Edward Little as football coach for two years, then to Lewiston, where he coached the Blue Devils to four major school football crowns and league honors in baseball.
Upon becoming athletic director at Lewiston, "Mose" looked back upon a career with coaching records of 127-29-3 in football and 161-33 in baseball. As AD he served as key scout and consultant to coaches Norm Parent, Nat Crowley and Fern Masse. He also worked as a three-sports official and as a player in semi-pro baseball.
"Mose" logged more than 40 years as a racing official and was a top judge at many tracks throughout the east.
He was married to the former Leah Morrisette of Madison who is deceased, and is survived by sisters Martha Carbono of Methuen, MA, Mrs. Arlene Raines of Salem, MA, and Mrs. Margaret Gazarian of Somerville, MA.
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.