PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The newest members of the Plymouth State University Athletic Hall of Fame are a strong combination of outstanding student-athletes from the past decade and individuals who have made their marks as coaches, teachers and administrators.
This year’s inductees represent the sports of basketball, baseball, field hockey, women’s lacrosse and wrestling. The group will be enshrined in the 23rd annual induction ceremony at the Hall of Fame Banquet on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007. This year’s group increases the total numbers in the Hall since it began in 1985 to 116 individuals and six teams.
The new inductees are Paul Hogan (‘79), former Panther head men’s basketball coach and current men’s basketball coach and athletic director at New Hampshire Technical Institute; Jason Lewis (’99), an All-New England baseball player who set school records in pitching, hitting and fielding and has the highest batting average in the last 40 years; Jen Meservey Johnson (’94), a two-sport standout who earned All-Region honors for Plymouth State in both field hockey and lacrosse; Kevin Sheehan (’94), a two-time All-American and four-time All-New England wrestler who twice finished in the top three in his weight class at the national championships; Buddy Trask (’76), longtime boy’s basketball and soccer coach and athletic director at Colebrook Academy (N.H.) who has been a fixture in the N.H. Interscholastic Athletic Association tournaments; and Diana Grant Walker (’79), a former basketball and lacrosse player at Plymouth State who has won more than 200 games and two state championships as field hockey coach at Sanford (Maine) High School.
This year’s Hall of Fame activities on Sept. 30th will be at Prospect Hall on the PSU campus, beginning with a reception at 12:00 p.m., followed with a banquet and the induction ceremony. For tickets or more information, call 603-535-2770.
The entire list of inductees and profiles on each member, as well as a nomination form open to the public, is available on the PSU Athletics and Sports Information website at www.plymouth.edu.
A brief profile on each of the 2007 inductees follows.
PAUL HOGAN (’79): A former head men’s basketball coach at Plymouth State, Hogan has enjoyed success since 1999 as athletic director, professor of sports management, and head men’s basketball coach at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, N.H.
A native of Plymouth, N.H., and the son of PSU Athletic Hall of Fame coach and professor Dr. James J. Hogan, Paul served as assistant men’s basketball and assistant women’s soccer coach at Plymouth State from 1985-90, and as head men’s basketball coach from 1990-98. He guided the Panther hoop squad to seven winning seasons in eight years, earning five post-season berths and compiling a 136-80 overall record. He led the Panthers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1996, ECAC Tourney berths in 1991, 1994, 1997 and 1998, and he was voted Little East Conference Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1998.
Hogan’s success at NHTI has been highlighted by adding six teams to the athletic department; directing special events for high schools and colleges through the sports management program; leading the NHTI men’s basketball team to a 185-66 record, including the USCAA D-2 national championship in 2005 with a 31-3 record; and earning USCAA D-2 Coach of the Year honors in 2002. Hogan is also widely-known for running summer basketball camps and clinics throughout the Granite State, including Hogan Camps, King of the Mountain and Shooters’ Gold.
JASON LEWIS (’99): A former Plymouth State baseball pitcher/first baseman (1994-97), Lewis enjoyed a stellar career on the diamond, setting school records for pitching, hitting and fielding. He was named First Team All-New England as a first baseman in 1997, and played in the New England Collegiate All-Star game. He helped the Panthers to three straight 20-win seasons and play-off berths, and received Plymouth State’s prestigious John C. Foley Senior Leadership Award in 1997.
A right-handed power hitter, Lewis batted .464 in 1996 and set Plymouth State single-season records for runs batted in (45) and total bases (97). He was successful on the mound, equaling the school mark for singe-season pitching victories (7), including a no-hitter over Keene State. He also put his name in the record books with 21 putouts in a game at first base. As a senior in 1997, the co-captain batted .433, tied the single-season home run record (9) and became a closer on the mound, establishing single-season (5) and career (7) records for saves.
A native of Exeter, R.I., Lewis holds the PSU career on-base percentage mark (.517) and owns the fourth-highest career batting average in school history (.396), the highest in the last 40 years.
JEN MESERVEY JOHNSON (’94): A former standout two-sport athlete at Plymouth State, Meservey Johnson earned Regional All-Star honors in her Panther career in both field hockey and lacrosse. She was a four-year veteran and served as captain of both teams, and received Plymouth State’s prestigious Van A. Hartman/Vernon Kelly Sportsmanship Award in 1994.
A native of Freeport, Maine, Meservey Johnson was named to the All-Region Team in women’s lacrosse in 1993 and 1994, and in field hockey in 1994. She was a key player on the women’s lacrosse team that finished 10-2 in 1992. She was a midfielder as a junior when she led the team in ground balls, and a defender her senior season when she was named to the All-Northeast ‘A’ Region team. Meservey Johnson helped lead the Panther field hockey team four straight winning seasons, including a perfect regular season in 1993 (17-0) and an NCAA Tournament berth, the first of five straight post-season appearances for the program.
Meservey Johnson served several years at Plymouth State as an assistant coach of both sports after her playing days.
KEVIN SHEEHAN (’94): A former standout wrester at Plymouth State, Sheehan was a two-time New England champion and two-time All-American at 118 pounds, twice finishing in the top three in his weight class at the NCAA Division III National Championships.
A native of Lowell, Mass., Sheehan was a four-time All-New England wrestler for the Panthers, finishing in the top six at New Englands all four years from 1989-92. He captured the 118-pound weight class at the 1991 and 1992 New England Championships, and earned the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award in 1991.
Sheehan helped Plymouth State to a fourth place finish at the New England Championships in 1990 and a third place in 1992. He advanced to the NCAA Championships his junior and senior seasons, both years earning All-America honors at 118 pounds. Sheehan recorded a third-place finish in 1991 and added a runner-up finish in 1992, losing the championship bout, 2-1, in dramatic fashion. He completed his junior year with a 33-1 overall record and his senior season with a 35-1 mark. His performance in 1992 earned Sheehan an invitation to the U.S. Olympic Trials.
BUDDY TRASK (’76): High school sports at Colebrook (N.H.) Academy have become synonymous with Buddy Trask over the last three decades. Trask has been the athletic director and boys basketball coach for 27 years and was also boys soccer coach for 21 years.
After spending his first four years after graduation from Plymouth State at Stratford High School, where he coached basketball and baseball, Trask arrived at Colebrook in 1980 and has had nothing but success ever since. He has accumulated 415 career victories in his 31 years coaching boy’s basketball, including two Class S state championships and five times as runner-up. He also guided the boy’s soccer teams to 180 wins over 21 years, advancing to one state final, and receiving the James V. ‘Skip’ Reagan Memorial Sportsmanship Award from the officials association in 2001. Trask was inducted into the New Hampshire Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001 and received the prestigious Walter Smith Coaches Award in 2002.
Trask, who has been very involved in youth sports in the Colebrook community, has achieved much success as athletic director, serving several years on the New Hampshire Athletic Directors Association’s executive committee and as president in 1998-99, the first Class S athletic director to do so. He has served on several NHIAA committees, and was selected the Class S Athletic Director of the Year in 1993.
DIANA GRANT WALKER (’79): A former varsity basketball and lacrosse player at Plymouth State, Walker has been highly successful as field hockey coach at Sanford (Maine) High School since 1983. She has led the team to a record of 248-106-18 in 24 years at Sanford, with two Maine state championships (1999, 2000) and three Western Maine titles (1999, 2000, 2001). A three-time Coach of the Year honoree, Walker was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd after leading the team to 50 consecutive victories earlier this decade.
Walker has been involved in youth field hockey, coaching Select teams and serving on the high school All-America selection committee. While field hockey is where she has made her name, Walker also coached track at Massabesic High School for five years (1999-2004), and coached varsity field hockey and basketball at Woodsville (N.H.) High School for four years from 1979-82.
Walker played varsity basketball at Plymouth State her freshman and sophomore seasons while serving as a student athletic trainer for the football and women’s lacrosse teams. She played varsity lacrosse her junior and senior years, and was selected Offensive Most Valuable Player in 1979 after leading the team to an 11-0 record and the New England championship.
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