Southern Maine To Induct Seven Into Husky Hall of Fame

Southern Maine To Induct Seven Into Husky Hall of Fame

GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics will add seven new members to the Husky Hall of Fame when it hosts the 30th Annual Husky Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony on Saturday, September 26 at the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham campus. 

To be enshrined as part of the Class of 2015 are former soccer standout and All-WMAC selection, Carl Holmquist, Class of 1985; field hockey all-region selection, Erika Allen Gould, Class of 1998; a pitcher on the 1997 NCAA Division III National Championship baseball team Denny Webber, Class of 2000; a former track and field All-American, Michael Bunker, Class of 2006; the men’s ice hockey program’s all-time leader in points and goals scored, Mark Carragher, Class of 2007; the starting point guard for the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Division III women’s basketball Final Four teams, Katie Sibley, Class of 2007; and long-time women’s basketball coach and former Associate Director of Athletics, Gary Fifield. The seven new inductees will bring the total number of former Southern Maine standouts in the Husky Hall of Fame to 197.

      Also to be honored with the Dr. Richard A. Costello Special Achievement Award is James W. Greenleaf, Class of 1964.  A 27-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Greenleaf retired from the FBI in 1994 after ascending to its No. 3 post. After his graduation from Gorham State Teachers’ College in 1964, Greenleaf joined the FBI in 1967 and became the deputy director for administration in 1990.  Prior to his career in the FBI, Greenleaf was a science teacher in South Portland.  The Costello Award, named for the former USM Director of Athletics, is given annually to graduates of the institution who have distinguished themselves through their commitment to student-athletes, athletics, education and community service.

      A member of the Huskies’ men’s soccer teams from 1981 through 1984, Holmquist served as team captain during the 1983 and 1984 seasons, earning All-Western Maine Athletic Conference honors in his final season.  Earning two berths to the NAIA District IV regionals, Holmquist helped lead his team to a record of 40-27-4 during his successful career on the pitch. A 1985 graduate of Southern Maine, Holmquist earned his bachelor’s degree in Business and is a Wealth Advisor with UBS Financial.  Holmquist remains active in the soccer community and holds his Level E and D coaching licenses, and coached the Gray-New Gloucester Boys’ program to a State Championship during his time with the Patriots.

      Captain of the 1995 and 1996 Huskies’ field hockey teams, Erika Allen Gould earned second team All-Region honors in 1996.  Southern Maine earned three trips to the ECAC Division III New England Championship tournament with Gould on the field, including the 1996 season, which saw the Huskies open the season with an eight-game winning streak and out-score its opponents 35-18.  During the 1996 season, Gould’s all-region season, the Huskies’ midfielder had three goals and two assists.  Gould earned her degree in Business Administration in 1998 and has worked with the American Cancer Society.  In her position with the ACS, Gould has led the initiative to recruit Maine high school and collegiate teams to host fundraising and awareness events.

      A workhorse on the mound, Denny Webber was a member of the Huskies’ 1997 NCAA Division III World Series Championship team. A 2000 All-New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) selection, Webber also earned All-Little East Conference honors in 1997 and 2000, hurling his way to eight wins in 1997 and seven in 2000. Webber’s ability on the mound is still ranked highly in the USM single-season and career record books.  He is presently second all-time in career wins (24) and third in career starts (38) and innings pitched (275.2).   A two-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete award winner, Webber earned a degree in Communication in 2000 with a minor in Business.  He is the Director of Aerospace for Tex Tech Industries.

      An All-American in the 3000-meter steeplechase, former Husky track and field standout Michael Bunker won numerous all-conference and all-region honors for his performances and was the Little East Conference champion in several events.  Bunker’s ability on the track is still upheld with a meet and facility record in the 3000-meters with a time of 8:44 set during the 2006 Little East Conference Indoor Championship. Bunker still holds the Huskies’ school record in the Steeplechase set at the 2005 ECAC Division III New England Championship with a time of 9:09 – which at the time was the fifth fastest time in the nation. Still competing, Bunker is a member of the Zap Fitness Racing Team. A 2006 graduate with a degree in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Biology from Southern Maine, Bunker is employed by Evergreen Home Performance.

      The all-time leader in goals scored (63), points (130) and power-play goals (28) for the Huskies’ men’s ice hockey program, Mark Carragher earned a host of accolades in his final season, including All-East honorable mention, New England Hockey Writers’ All-Star Team and ECAC East First Team honors.  Serving as the Huskies’ captain during the 2006-2007 season, Carragher led the ECAC East in scoring with 47 points and was second in goals scored with 22.  A three-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete, Carragher was a four-year member of USM’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and participated in the NCAA Leadership Conference in 2006. Carragher earned his degree in Business Administration in 2007 and worked for the PEI Liquor Control Commission in addition to serving as an assistant men’s hockey coach at the University of Prince Edward Island.

      The starting point guard for the Huskies’ 2005 and 2006 NCAA Division III Final Four women’s basketball teams, Katie Sibley played in 116 games during her career (2003-2007) guiding USM to a remarkable 119-10 overall record and an outstanding 55-1 record against Little East Conference opponents.  During Sibley’s playing career, Southern Maine captured four consecutive Little East Conference regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament each of those seasons.  Sibley earned her degree in political science with a minor in sociology from USM in 2008, graduating with distinction as a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society and as a member of the Dean’s list from 2005-2008.  Sibley went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from the Appalachian School of Law in 2011, earning numerous citations for academic excellence.  She is now an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maine.

      During his 27 seasons at the helm of the Huskies’ women’s basketball program, Gary Fifield established Southern Maine as one of the NCAA Division III premiere programs.  Under Fifield’s leadership, the Huskies claimed 21 Little East Conference Championships and appeared in 26 NCAA Division III National Championship tournaments, including 16 Sweet Sixteens, 10 Elite Eights, five Final Fours and three National Finals.  Named the 2005 Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association (WBCA) Division III National Coach of the Year, Fifield was selected as the Little East Conference Coach of the Year 14 times and earned WBCA District 1 Coach of the Year honors on four occasions.  Fifield retired from coaching at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 season with a career record of 660 wins and 137 losses for an .828 winning percentage.  During his career, Fifield had 10 players receive All-American or honorable mention All-American honors on 14 occasions and nine of his former players were named to the Little East Conference 25th Anniversary team.  Having previously been inducted into the LEC Hall of Fame, New England Basketball Hall of Fame and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, Fifield’s reach has extended beyond the titles and player accolades as many of his former student-athletes are now coaching at the high school and intercollegiate level. 

      Established in 1985 to honor the famed athletes and coaches of the past, the University of Southern Maine Husky Hall of Fame has enshrined 190 former student-athletes, coaches and staff.  Candidates are eligible for induction five years after their graduation date.