BANGOR, Maine -- Bates College alumnus Howard Vandersea '63 on Sunday received the distinct honor of induction into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, in a ceremony held at the Bangor Civic Center.
- Read Pete Warner's story in the May 17 Bangor Daily News about Vandersea and his most recent honor.
Bates football's first All-American, as well as a four-year letterwinner on the Bates baseball team, Vandersea began a distinguished career as a coach, including lengthy stints as head coach at Springfield College, where he was Bates head coach Mark Harriman's head coach, and finally for 16 seasons at Bowdoin. Vandersea has been a strong influence in the careers of a host of other coaches, including NFL coach Steve Spagnuolo and the head coaches at Bates, Harvard, Maine Maritime and Springfield.
As Warner's story notes, Vandersea remains Northeast Regional Coordinator of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame and is the president of the organization’s Maine chapter, a post he has held for 25 years.
Vandersea, who will also be a alumni inductee into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society later this week, joins Walter Abbott, Phillip Coulombe, Emily Ellis, Ed Guiski, Matt Hancock, Dennis Libbey and Dana Wilson in the Maine Sports Hall of Fame's 37th class.