BANGOR – Former UMaine men’s basketball standout, Andy Bedard, and current UMaine women’s basketball head coach, Amy Vachon highlight the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
Other inductees are Lynn Bay, Sharon Bay, Arnold Clark, T.J. Caouette, Heidi Deery, Tony DiBiase, Gerry Duffy, Phil Faulkner, Ed Feeney, David Halligan, Elizabeth “Biz” Houghton, Gavin Kane, Ken Lynch, Chris Sawyer, Amy Vachon, Richard “Dickie” Whimore Jr., Bryce Beattie, Ray Bicknell, Al Card, Peter Gribbin, Jim Poulin, Steve Shaw, Mike Thurston, and the 1987 Morse boys basketball team.
Bedard dropped 53 points in Mountain Valley’s state championship win over Camden-Rockport in 1994. He went on to play prep basketball at MCI and played college basketball at Boston College and UMaine. He helped lead Maine to a school-record 24 wins in 1999-2000 and was a first team America East selection.
Vachon was a standout out player at Cony High School and went on to captain UMaine to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. She has won two America East tournament titles as head coach of the Black Bears.
Island Falls native, Phil Faulkner, has coached for more than 50 years at all levels of high school basketball. He played college ball at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and is in the school’s hall of fame. At Island Falls and Katahdin High Shchool he amassed more than 400 wins and two gold balls.
Faulkner and Vachon were both thankful to be chosen.
“I was just thrilled to death when Tony (Hamlin) called me I figured that getting old in age maybe people had forgotten and I’d not get in. For me it’s one of the greatest privileges a person could ever have,” Faulkner said.
“Just to see the people and the accomplishments that they’ve had in their lifetimes it’s really amazing and so just to be thought of in that same breath is pretty cool,” Vachon said.