PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The stage is now set for this weekend’s ceremony as Plymouth State University inducts the newest class into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
The 19th class of the PSU Athletic Hall of Fame, and the first since the school changed its name from PSC to PSU, will be enshrined at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet this Sunday, Oct. 5, at Prospect Hall on the PSU campus. This year’s group will increase the total numbers in the Hall to 92 individuals and six teams.
The new inductees will be Paul Andrew (’96), a former Panther men’s soccer standout and two-time Academic All-American; Diane Cote-Burk (’78), a former Plymouth State gymnastics star who remains involved in the sport as a teacher/coach and elite-level judge; Bill Flynn (’80), a former Panther football player, and one of the stalwarts in the early years of the program; Kristen Hodsdon-Morissette (’94), a former captain and all-star of both the PSC women’s basketball and softball teams; Carl McAllister (’67), a former scoring and rebounding leader on the successful men’s basketball teams of the 1960s; and Mike Moffett (’78), a former men’s basketball rebounding record-holder who went on to become the school’s Sports Information Director.
“We are delighted in announcing the six new members of our Hall of Fame,” said Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Peter Cofran (PSC ’74). “We have many deserving candidates, so to rise above the rest and earn induction is an extremely high honor. Each of this year’s inductees has been selected because of his or her outstanding contributions to our institution.”
The inaugural Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1985. This year’s activities begin with a reception at 12:00 p.m. on Oct. 5th, followed at 1:00 p.m. with a banquet and the induction ceremony. For tickets or more information, call Peter Cofran at 603-535-2772.
A nomination form open to the public is available on the PSU Athletics and Sports Information website at athletics.plymouth.edu.
A brief profile on each of the 2003 inductees follows.
PAUL ANDREW (’96): A two-time All-New England midfielder in the mid 1990s, Andrew helped re-establish the Panther men’s soccer program as one of the best around under head coach Shawn Griffin. Andrew served as captain for three seasons, helping the team to a four-year record of 44-24-3. He epitomized the term ‘student-athlete,’ earning Academic All-America honors as a junior and a senior and graduating with a 3.97 grade point average in political science.
A native of Paisley, Scotland, Andrew made an immediate impact on the soccer team as a freshman, earning the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year Award in 1992. He was selected LEC Player of the Year and All-New England the next two seasons after helping the team to consecutive conference championships. Despite missing the first half of his senior season with an injury, Andrew was named All-LEC for the third straight year and was selected to the New England Senior All-Star game. He finished his career with the school assist record (34), and his single-season mark of 18 assists in 1993 stood as the standard until 1997.
After a 6-8-2 record as a freshman in 1992, Andrew helped the Panthers to a combined record of 38-16-1 from 1993-95, including three straight post-season berths (ECAC Tournament in ’93 and ’94, NCAA Tourney in ’95). He was also active off the soccer field, being voted to the prestigious Academic All-America team in 1995 and 1996. He served a two-year Fellowship in the Sports Information Office, and was Sports Editor and Political Columnist of the student newspaper. Andrew received the Paul Arold Memorial Award in 1996 as PSC’s top student-athlete.
DIANE COTE-BURK (’78): One of the top gymnasts in Plymouth State history, Cote-Burk has continued her involvement in the sport as a teacher, coach and judge at the elite level. She is the co-owner of the Granite State Gymnastic Center in Bow, N.H., and has been a member of the NHIAA Gymnastic Committee since 1980.
Cote-Burk was a member of the PSC varsity gymnastics team from 1974-78, serving as team captain her senior year. She holds six school records, including individual marks on the uneven bars (7.3), balance beam (7.05) and floor exercise (7.45) as well as team marks in vaulting (28.75), beam (23.25) and floor (26.15). (Plymouth State discontinued its gymnastics program in 1979.)
In addition to running the Granite State Gymnastic Center since 1978, Cote-Burk has been an esteemed judge for a quarter century. She received a Class 1 rating in 1980, and has judged at such events as Eastern Regional Championships in Orlando, Fla. (2002) and Cleveland, Ohio (2000), and the NCAA Regional Championships in Gainesville, Fla. in 1996. Cote-Burk has been the USA Gymnastics State Chairperson since 1996, and was the State Judging Director from 1984-92. She has spent the past five years as assistant gymnastic coach at Bow High School, and has received several honors for her contributions to the sport of gymnastics, including the John R. Clark Official of the Year Award in 2000-01 from the Union Leader/NH Sunday News.
BILL FLYNN (’80): The star running back on Plymouth State’s football teams of the late 1970s, Flynn was the first Panther player to make regional headlines for success on the gridiron. Playing in a football program that was less than 10 years old, Flynn earned recognition from the New England Sports Writers and the ECAC for his prowess in the Panther backfield.
Although many statistics from the 1970s weren’t kept, Flynn starred at running back at PSC for four years and was captain of the team as a senior in 1979. He made headlines on several occasions in ’79, receiving the prestigious Gold Helmet Award from the Boston Globe and earning weekly honors from the ECAC several times. He was selected the team’s Most Valuable Player Award after becoming the first player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. His mark of 1,068 yards and 10 touchdowns in 1979 still ranks seventh on the school’s single-season rushing list.
Flynn played his final two years under head coach Dan Zaneski after participating his first two seasons under head coach Charlie Currier, the man for whom Plymouth State’s home field is named. Flynn has remained active in sports, teaching and coaching at the high school level in Malden, Mass.
KRISTEN HODSDON-MORISSETTE (’94): One of the top two-sport athletes in school history, Hodsdon-Morissette set records and earned top honors as a member of both the women’s basketball and softball teams. She was elected captain of both sports during her tenure, and helped lead each team to what was then the most successful season in school history. She continues to be involved in athletics, as she is a volleyball and softball coach at Exeter (N.H.) High School.
A point guard on the PSC basketball team, Hodsdon was captain of the 1994-95 squad that finished with a school-record 21 wins and became the first team in school history to advance to the NCAA Tournament. She earned All-Little East Conference First Team honors as a senior and played in the New England Senior All-Star Game. Hodsdon set the Plymouth State career assists record in 1995 with 258 (which has since been broken).
On the diamond, Hodsdon starred at shortstop and at the plate, finishing her career with 11 school records. She was named All-New England in 1994 after leading the team to a school-record 20 wins and a berth in the ECAC New England Tournament. Among the records she set were most hits, runs, doubles and total bases, all for a season and a career. She also set standards in the field with the most career assists and the highest fielding average.
CARL McALLISTER (’67): One of the top basketball players to wear the Panther uniform in an earlier era, McAllister was only the second player in school history to score more than 1,000 career points when he accomplished the feat in 1967. He finished his career with 1,050 points and still ranks 14th on the PSU all-time scoring list.
McAllister was a four-year veteran on the varsity basketball team under coaches John Foley and Dayton Spaulding from 1963-67. He led the team in scoring and rebounding as a junior in 1965-66 with 19.2 points a game. He was elected captain as a senior, and was again one of the scoring and rebounding leaders as he reached the career 1,000-point plateau. Plymouth State had a winning record all four years when McAllister was playing, going 51-33 overall and putting together a 15-6 mark in 1964-65, Coach Foley’s final season.
After graduation, McAllister got involved in coaching, serving as boys basketball coach at Fall Mountain Regional High School from 1967-71 and taking the team to the Class I semifinals three times in four years. McAllister returned to Plymouth State to earn his Master’s degree, which he received in 1975. The PSC Men’s Basketball Program honored him with Carl McAllister Day at Foley Gymnasium on Feb. 10, 1990.
MIKE MOFFETT (’78): The name Mike Moffett is not only in the Plymouth State Men’s Basketball record books, but in the history books of just about every other Panther sport because of his work as Sports Information Director from 1986-93. He etched his name in the basketball annals from 1975-78 with more than 1,000 points scored and the all-time rebounding record, and practically re-wrote records in every sport when he put out a book on the history of Panther Athletics in the early 1990s.
A native of Groveton, N.H., Moffett played four years in a Panther uniform, finishing with a school record 728 rebounds, including a record 321 as a junior. Moffett score 1,030 points, becoming the fifth highest scoring leader in the program’s history. He played on three winning PSC teams in four years, including the 1975-76 unit that finished 19-7 and averaged a school-record 97.5 points.
In addition to writing the history book, Moffett publicized Panther Athletics as SID for seven years, promoting numerous national calibre student-athletes and teams in an era before computers. He helped start the PSC Athletic Hall of Fame, helped establish Plymouth State as the site of numerous N.H./Vt. All-Star games, and served as the first publicist of the Freedom Football Conference. Moffett is still involved in athletics, having set up the Sports Management program at N.H. Technical Institute in Concord. He coached the NHTI basketball team for several years, taking it to the Small College National Tournament in Kansas in 1998.
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