John Tortorella, who coached the Tampa Bay Lightning to its first Stanley Cup championship in 2004 and earned the Jack Adams Trophy because the NHL’s prime coach, and nine-year Nationwide Soccer League linebacker Stephen Cooper, headline the College of Maine Sports activities Corridor of Fame inductees.
There are six particular person inductees together with two groups.
Tortorella, a 1981 UMaine graduate, and Cooper, a 2003 grad, shall be joined by three-time All-America East ladies’s basketball choice Liz Wooden (’16), eight-time New England swim titlist Elizabeth Carone (’81), monitor and subject record-holder Mike Viani (’89) and All-American baseball pitcher Scott Morse (’87).
The groups chosen have been the 2015 males’s cross nation group, which was acknowledged because the nationwide champion after profitable the IC4A championship in New York Metropolis, and the 1994 softball group, which earned the college’s first NCAA Event look in a ladies’s sport.
The induction dinner and ceremony shall be held on Friday, Oct. 21 at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.
The inductees have been chosen by the UMaine Sports activities Corridor of Fame Committee and authorised by Director of Athletics Ken Ralph.
The 64-year-old Tortorella, who was just lately employed to teach the Philadelphia Flyers, has coached the New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and the Columbus Blue Jackets in addition to the Lightning.
He has piloted 12 of his 19 groups to Stanley Cup playoff appearances.
The fiery Tortorella has a document of 673 wins, 541 losses, 37 ties and 132 additional time losses. He has a 56-64 Stanley Cup playoff document.
He grew to become the primary UMaine participant to win a Stanley Cup when he was behind the bench with the Lightning in 2004.
A winger at UMaine, he earned the repute as one in every of UMaine’s most hard-nosed gamers as he joined this system and youthful brother Jim, a goalie, within the second 12 months of its existence (1978-79) after transferring from Salem State in Massachusetts.
Tortorella amassed 39 targets and 71 assists for 110 factors in 99 profession video games earlier than happening to a protracted minor league enjoying and training profession, which ultimately landed him within the NHL.
Cooper earned Related Press All-American accolades as a linebacker for the Black Bears in 2002, the identical 12 months he was named the Atlantic-10 Defensive Participant of the 12 months. He had been the Co-Defensive Participant of the 12 months the earlier season.
The 2-time finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the Soccer Championship Subdivision’s Defensive Participant of the 12 months, registered 374 tackles, 57 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and 25 sacks at UMaine.
He led the group in tackles for 3 consecutive seasons.
The San Diego Chargers signed him as an undrafted free agent, and he recorded 503 tackles, 9.5 sacks, eight compelled fumbles, eight interceptions and 5 fumble recoveries over a nine-year profession.
Carone paced the Black Bears to 3 New England championships and a second-place end her senior 12 months.
She gained 4 New England particular person championships within the 50-yard backstroke, 100-yard particular person medley, 200 particular person medley and 50-yard breaststroke and likewise swam a leg for the triumphant 400-yard medley relay, 800-yard medley relay and 200-yard medley relay groups.
Her 400-yard medley relay groups gained two New England titles.
When she graduated, she was a part of three school-record medley relay groups.
The hard-throwing Morse, who was chosen a third group All-American in 1986, nonetheless holds the college document for consecutives wins with 10.
He’s fourth on UMaine’s all-time wins checklist with 26 throughout his profession and he’s additionally fourth in strikeouts with 248.
He pitched the Black Bears to consecutive School World Collection appearances in 1985 and ‘86. His 96 strikeouts in 1986 is the fourth-most in a single season by a UMaine pitcher.
He was a fifth-round draft decide of the Texas Rangers in 1986 and spent 4 years within the Ranger group, reaching as excessive as AA. He was 20-18 with a 3.36 earned-run common in his 4 professional seasons with 247 strikeouts in 291 ⅔ innings.
When Wooden graduated from UMaine in 2016, she was the one ladies’s basketball participant in class historical past to complete her profession ranked within the top-10 in 5 main profession classes. She was first in video games performed (127), third in steals (282), sixth in rebounds (902), seventh in complete factors (1,462) and eighth in assists (363).
She led the group in rebounding in all 4 seasons and was the 2013 America East Co-Rookie of the 12 months, an All-America East second group choice in 2014 and 2016 and a primary teamer in 2015, when she additionally earned Co–Defensive PLayer of the 12 months accolades.
Wooden helped energy the Black Bears to back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2015 and 2016 with a pair of America East co-regular season titles. In her senior 12 months, Wooden and the Black Bears recorded 26 wins, the second highest single season win complete in class historical past.
Wooden, who was awarded the distinguished M Membership Dean Smith Award, was named the America East Feminine Scholar Athlete of the 12 months in 2016.
Viani owned 11 UMaine monitor and subject information on the time of his commencement and stays half of the present school-record 4×200-meter indoor relay group and the 4×100-meter relay group. 4 of Viani’s instances nonetheless stay current on Maine’s top-10 checklist, together with marks within the indoor 400m (third), indoor 500m (eighth), out of doors 200m (fifth) and out of doors 400m (eighth).
He concluded his spectacular profession with three ECAC particular person and relay titles and a number of state championship crowns. The four-time All-ECAC honoree was chosen to the All-New England Group on three events and was UMaine’s prime level scorer in every of his ultimate three years with the Black Bears.
The 2-time IC4A qualifier was the primary UMaine athlete to interrupt 49-seconds within the 400m.
Since there was no NCAA Division I cross nation competitors in 2015, IC4A race grew to become the measuring stick because it attracted the highest groups within the nation and UMaine gained it because it did the New Englands that 12 months.
UMaine was paced on the IC4As by a number of of the highest long-distance runners in program historical past, together with Frank Preti who completed second in New York, Roger Bell (third), Ed Dempsey (eighth) and Al Wunderly (tenth).
The 1994 UMaine softball group went 32-17 behind UMaine Sports activities Corridor of Fame pitcher Deb Smith, who gained three video games within the ultimate day of the America East match to propel Maine to the title and into the NCAA match.
Smith, who led the group in hitting at .399 and posted a 19-8 document within the circle, was named the convention’s Most Precious Participant and he or she was additionally the MVP of the match.