BANGOR, ME – Husson University is pleased to announce the 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class. This year’s class includes: field hockey and softball player Dawn Doucette-Kaplan; volleyball’s Anne Polk; Tom Coughlan from men’s basketball and soccer; baseball’s James Zukowski; football’s David Chase; and the 1989 men’s basketball team. The group will be inducted on Friday, Nov. 21 at the Sports Hall of Fame Dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn located in Bangor.
"We are excited to announce this year's Sports Hall of Fame class,” said Husson University Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi. “This group constitutes individuals and a team that hold special places in Husson 's athletic history. We look forward to spending the evening with them on the 21st.”
“I am pleased to announce that the Husson University Sports Hall of Fame Committee has selected five outstanding student athletes and an equally outstanding team for this year’s induction into its Hall of Fame,” said Husson Sports Hall of Fame Chairman Bruce MacGregor. “David, Anne, Dawn, James and Tom not only excelled in their respective sport, but they also served as role models for future student-athletes. The 1989 Men's Basketball Team (with a 35-3 record) set high standards for future teams and it is fitting that this team returns to campus for induction on its 25th reunion year.”
Dawn Doucette-Kaplan – Field Hockey and Softball
Doucette-Kaplan was part of the program’s first team in 1997 and led the team to winning records in three of her four years. She was named to the MAC All-Conference teams in 1999-2000, including earning Player of the Year accolades in 1999. She notched 20 goals and 20 assists in 33 games played while serving twice as team captain. She was also named All-Conference in softball in 1998 and was a two-time captain. Doucette-Kaplan is the first field hockey player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Despite only playing in 33 career games, Doucette-Kaplan ranks third in career assists (20), seventh in game-winning goals (6), eighth in points (60), 10th in goals (20) and sixth in season assists with nine in 2000.
Off the field, Doucette-Kaplan was a four-time member of the Dean’s List and earned Husson’s Business Award in 2001 while serving as the Student Government President in 2000-01. She graduated in 2001.
Anne Marie Polk – Women’s Volleyball
Polk was a three-time First Team All-NAC selection (2003-05) on the women’s volleyball team. During those three years, the team achieved a record of 57-30 with Polk leading the team to the NAC semi-finals on three occasions.
She holds the school-record for attack percentage with 40.1 and is second in aces with 307. Polk also ranks third in program history with 821 kills and is seventh in total attacks with 1,625. Her 386 kills in 2005 are still a program-record as is her .483 attack percentage in 2005 and her 132 aces in 2004.
Polk graduated from Husson in 2007.
Tom Coughlan – Men’s Basketball and Men’s Soccer
Coughlan was Husson’s starting center on the Northeast College Conference championship teams in 1963 and 1964. He was named the winner of the Nelson Degrasse Awards for outstanding senior on the team after averaging 15.5 points per game during the 1963-64 season. He also set records at the time for most free throws made (10 vs. Ricker) and most rebounds in a game (22 against New Haven College) during his senior campaign.
Coughlan also starred on the soccer team as a senior. He was the starting goalkeeper and led the team to a 6-1 season while making 70 saves and an 89.7 save percentage and a pair of shutouts. His save percentage ranks third in program history. Thanks to Coughlan’s outstanding play, Husson captured the Northeast College Conference title. He is a 1964 graduate of Husson.
Coughlan is being inducted posthumously.
James Zukowski - Baseball
Zukowski, a pitcher, led Husson to the MAC Championship as a freshman in 1997, recording the win in the Championship contest. As a sophomore, he was named an NAIA All-Region and led the Eagles to a second conference title. The following season he was named All-Conference, All-Region, and honorable mention NAIA All-American as Husson finished as the MAC runner-up.
The following season as a senior, he helped lead the team to another spot in the MAC Championship game.
Zukowski ranks tied for third all-time at Husson for wins in a season (6 in 1999), third in complete games in a season (7 in 1998), tied for fourth in career wins (20), fourth in complete games (18) and fourth in innings pitched (221.2).
He graduated from Husson in 2000.
David Chase - Football
Chase was a two-time captain for the Eagles’ football team in 2005 and 2006 and led the team to a win over Division I-AA LaSalle in 2006. He is the all-time leader in pass attempts (573), pass completions (256), passing yards (3,450), passing touchdowns (31) and pass yards per game (104.5).
Chase is a 2008 graduate of Husson.
1989 Men’s Basketball Team
Hall of Fame head coach Bruce MacGregor’s 1989 Husson men’s basketball team notched a program-record 35-3 record, reaching as high as a #4 ranking in the national polls.
The team reeled off 16-straight wins to open the season, and went on to win the Western Maine Athletic Conference title, the NAIA District V title and advance to the NAIA National Tournament. The team averaged over 101 points per game while outscoring their opponents by an average of 35 points.
The team featured four Husson Hall of Fame members in: Mark Taylor, the leading scorer on the team with 22.2 points per game; Buster Frederick who nearly averaged a double-double with 14.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest; Shawn Bolden who pitched in with 10.4 points and 8.7 rebounds and Bobby Campbell who had 8.0 points per game.
The team still holds school-records for total points scored in a season (3,860), most field goals made (1,531), most attempts (3,084), highest three-point percentage (43.9 percent), most rebounds (1,766), most assists (988), most steals (561) and most 100-point games with (22).
The Sports Hall of Fame dinner will take place on Friday, Nov. 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 250 Haskell Road in Bangor. The buffet dinner will be served from 5-6:30 p.m., with the inductions set to begin at 6:45 p.m. Attendees can RSVP online by Nov. 15 by clicking here or by calling Janice Clark at (207) 941-7026.