UMPI Welcomes Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018

UMPI Welcomes Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Presque Isle, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle is proud to announce the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees. The following four UMPI alumni will be inducted Saturday, September 29th on homecoming weekend:

Sarah Beasley '06 - Sarah Beasley, originally from Houlton, ME, is one of the most talented multiple sport athletes in UMPI history.  Beasley started for the women's basketball, volleyball, and cross country teams during her time in the Blue and Gold, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelors in Science for Fitness and Wellness.

Beasley received multiple basketball honors, being named to the NCAA Division III All Independent 1st Team in 2005 and 2006.  In 2005, Beasley would also earn the All Independent Rookie of the Year.  In both years of competition for the women's basketball team Beasley led the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association in rebounding. In her senior season she led the Owls to a Northeast Independent Tournament championship appearance as UMPI finished the season with a 17-7 record.  During her senior campaign Sarah averaged a double-double for the entire season averaging 11.2 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.

For both the women's volleyball team and women's basketball team Beasley earned multiple player of the week honors and was named most valuable player for both teams in 2005 and 2006.  Beasley also earned the prestigious honor of being named UMPI Female Athlete of the Year in both 2005 and 2006.

Beasley now resides in New Hampshire where she is currently a Registered Nurse working in the Neurology-Trauma Unit at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, while also attending school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.  In her free time Sarah enjoys photography, stand up paddle boarding, running races, hiking, and volunteering for the New Hampshire Harm Reduction Group to help fight against the opioid addiction crisis.

 

Glenn Sharp '97 – Glenn Sharp was a key member of one of best four year stretches in UMPI men's basketball history.  His consistent play over all four years helped him earn the number 6th spot in UMPI's all-time scoring list with a total of 1,186 career points.  Glenn would also grab 604 rebounds over his playing career with the Owls.

The 6'8" forward from Greelong, Australia had the rare ability of playing inside and outside as he was regularly amongst the conference leaders in points, rebounds, blocks, and free throw percentage.  Glenn's head coach and fellow UMPI Hall of Famer Karl Henrikson stated, "Glenn Sharp was an extremely skilled and tough presence at 6'8.  He had the abilities to influence the game in a variety of ways at both ends of the floor as he made the right play for his teams in every situation.  His consistent contributions were integral to the Owls evolving into a top 25 NAIA program.  Glenn is extremely deserving of joining the UMPI Hall of Fame."

Sharp always seemed to come up big when his team needed him the most and during the Maine Athletic Conference Tournament, he recorded multiple double doubles in play-off games throughout his career.  Glenn's freshmen year he had a 22 point and 13 rebound performance in the 1993-94 MAC championship where the Owls would fall 87-86 to conference rival Husson.  Glenn's junior season he would help lead the Owls to another conference championship appearance where Glenn would record another double double scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in UMPI's semi-final win over Husson 95-92.  From 1993 to 1997 the Owls would win nearly 70 percent of their games with a 70-33 overall record, which included two MAC championship appearances.

After college Glenn played semi-professional basketball before turning his passion for basketball into coaching.  Glenn's Geelong Supercats team recently celebrated success after winning a National Championship in 2017 with the women's team as an assistant coach in the South Eastern Australian Basketball League. 

Glenn resides in Victoria, Australia with his wife of 21 years Tania, who is also from the UMPI graduating class of 1997.  In their spare time they enjoy the outdoors and catching up with friends and family.  Glenn works for the Victorian State Government Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning as an Operations Manager in the Investigations (Wildlife) sector where he oversees and leads major crime investigations related to the illegal possession and trade of wildlife in Victoria. 

 

Gerald Hutchinson Jr. '71 – Gerald Hutchinson has had one of the longest and most successful careers in athletics amongst any UMPI graduate.  Graduating in the class of 1971 with a B.S. in Education, Gerald spent time contributing to multiple areas of the UMPI Athletics Department.  During his time at UMPI, Gerald was a three-year varsity athlete in soccer as well as a three-year manager for both the wrestling and basketball teams.  As a student he also served as the universities first ever sports information director.

Teammate, friend, and fellow hall of famer Dick Durost '71 shared, "Hutch was a dedicated manager to the basketball team at UMPI and an individual who, through hard work, became a fearless soccer goalkeeper.  He showed great attention to detail, a trait that would serve him well as a high school athletic administrator and wrestling coach.  He has shown tremendous loyalty to the athletic programs and students at PVHS for more than 47 years."

Although Gerald would have a great impact on UMPI Athletics and everyone that met him while a student at UMPI, Gerald would really make a name for himself as one of the best wrestling coaches the state of Maine has ever seen.  Coach Hutchinson would lead Penobscot Valley High School to an overall 514-140-7 wrestling record during his time coaching the Howlers.  Coach Hutchinson and the Howlers would go on to have a dynastic run of five consecutive Class C State Championships and more than 90 straight dual-meet victories from 1991 through 1995.

In 1992 he was named MPA Wrestling Coach of the Year and was selected as the MPA "Larry Labrie Award" winner in 1995.  Hutchinson has also previously been inducted into two other hall of fames.  The New England Secondary School Principal's Associations Wrestling Hall of Fame, as only the 4th Mainer in 52 years, and was also named to the Maine Amateur Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame in 2015.

Gerald Hutchinson went on to earn his M.S. in Administration from the University of Maine in 1986 and has dedicated most of his adult life to education as a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator.  Coach Hutchinson is currently the Athletic Director at Penobscot Valley High School and still serves on the MPA wrestling committee and cheerleading committee.

 

Adam Smith '85 – Adam Smith was a standout three-sport athlete for the Owls men's soccer, basketball, and baseball teams from 1981 to 1985.  During his career at UMPI he captained both the soccer and basketball teams his senior year.  Adam was named Most Valuable Player on the baseball team during his senior year.  In his senior year Adam was also named UMPI Male Athlete of the Year.

Alan Gordon '87 (UMPI Hall of Fame Class of 1994) on Adam's career at UMPI, "His intensity and passion on the playing field inspired his teammates to reach their full potential.  Throughout all my years at UMPI Adam is one of the best defensive players I have ever seen and on the basketball court he always guarded the other team's best player."

After graduating in 1985 Adam went on to excel in a different fashion as Coach Smith of the Yarmouth Varsity Boys' Basketball Coach for 14 years.  During this span he led the Clippers to their first state championship in 40 years in 2012.  Coach Smith holds school records at Yamouth High School for boys' basketball in most wins, most tournament appearances, and most tournament wins.  During this time Coach Smith was named Maine Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year three times, Forecaster Coach of the Year three times, and Portland Press Harold Coach of the Year once.

 

Event Details

 

The Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be held Saturday, September 29, 2018.  Activities will commence with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m., in the Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room.  If you would like to be part of this Hall of Fame evening, please RSVP not later than Friday, September 14, 2018.  The cost is $20.00 per person.  Please contact Sandy McDougal at Sandra.mcdougal@maine.edu or 207-768-9506.