Six outstanding student-athletes are the newest members of the Plymouth State University Athletic Hall of Fame. The newcomers were enshrined in the 22nd annual induction ceremony at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Sept. 24, 2006. This year’s group brings the number of Hall of Fame inductees to 110 individuals and six teams since 1985.
The new inductees are Kathy Boyd Thompson ’99, who set 12 school records and still holds four PSU standards in both swimming and diving; Anda Curuta ’01, a 10-time All-American in alpine skiing who won four straight Eastern Regional individual titles as well as the 2001 combined alpine national championship; Jim Davis ’85, a former Plymouth State football player who has made outstanding career contributions as an educator and athletic administrator in New Hampshire and Massachusetts; Gary Parsons ’73, in his 26th year as men’s soccer coach at Oakland University (Mich.)—he has led the team to 15 NCAA Tournament berths and is one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history with over 300 victories; Betty Shepard ’68, a former field hockey and tennis player at Plymouth Teachers College who enjoyed a long and successful career at Pinkerton Academy (N.H.) as coach and a pioneer for girls sports; and Mark Thompson ’99, a four-year starter on the Panther baseball team who earned All-New England honors and still holds or shares seven school records, including home runs in a season.
The entire list of inductees and profiles on each member, as well as a nomination form open to the public, is available online.—Kent Cherrington
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