April 10, 2008
Four individuals from differing eras will be inducted as part of the first class of the University of Maine at Fort Kent Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies in Nowland Hall on Saturday, April 19 on the UMFK campus.
Coach/Administrator Lowell “Ozzie” Osgood, Athlete/Coach Wolf-Dieter Koch, and Coach Larry Murphy all will be inducted into the Hall, along with legendary UMFK coach, Floyd “Red” Powell, who enters the Hall as a charter member. Powell was inducted into an earlier, short-lived, UMFK athletic hall of fame during the 1980s.
Each of the individuals inducted into the Hall had a big impact on Bengals athletics either as an athlete, a coach, an administrator, or a combination of the three.
Black granite plaques bearing their likeness and significant career statistics will be permanently displayed in the UMFK Sports Center.
“I am delighted to initiate the UMFK Athletic Hall of Fame and to welcome the first class,” said University President, Dr. Richard W. Cost. “The individuals who will be inducted represent a rich tradition of sports and recreational activity at this institution and across the St. John Valley. Their respective careers span 70 years; more than half the history of this campus. I welcome families, friends, teammates, and colleagues back to Fort Kent for an exciting evening of memories and recognition,” Dr. Cost added.
The 2008 inductees were selected from among nominations received from alumni and friends. Nominations already are being accepted for the 2009 induction class.
The Hall of Fame selection committee was comprised of UMFK Alumni Association directors Ray Phinney, Venette King and Emery “Legs” Labbe; Athletic Department representatives, Eric Werntgen and Lucas Levesque; student/athlete representative, Sean Platt; and Faculty representative, Leo Trudel. The committee was co-chaired by UMFK Athletic Director, Bill Ashby, and UMFK University Relations and Alumni Affairs Director, Terence Kelly.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 2008:
Floyd “Red” Powell
A native of Danforth, Maine, Floyd Powell taught at UMFK from 1935 until 1969. He was the University’s first academic dean; a position he held until his retirement. He was known, affectionately, as “The Dean.”
Floyd Powell received a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees from the University of Maine. He also attended the University of Southern California for a year to study modern United States history. Dean Powell acquired the nickname, “Red,” on account of his shock of flaming-red hair.
Powell served as UMFK’s athletic director for 21 years, and coached baseball and basketball. His basketball team at the Madawaska Training School won the 1935-36 state championship for normal schools. “Red” was well-known throughout the state as a sports enthusiast.
Due to his commitment to higher education in general, and UMFK in particular, the (then) men’s dormitory on campus was named in his honor in dedication ceremonies on June 5, 1966. Upon his retirement from UMFK, Powell was named Dean Emeritus.
After retiring, Floyd Powell served five years as a selectman in Wallagrass Plantation, and twice represented the Towns of Fort Kent, Frenchville and Wallagrass Plantation in the Maine state legislature. He was particularly interested in legislation concerning retirement and school finance during his time in Augusta.
Dean Floyd “Red” Powell died in 1977.
Lowell “Ozzie” Osgood
Lowell “Ozzie” Osgood was a coach and a builder. Under his leadership, the UMFK athletic department was formed and the University became a true collegiate competitor in both soccer and basketball.
“Ozzie” Osgood was a native of Carroll Plantation, Maine and graduated high school from Higgins Classical Institute in Charleston. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Physical Education, and later earned a Master of Education degree, both at the University of Maine. He also attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, while serving his nation in the U.S. Air Force as a radio/gunner.
Prior to coming to Fort Kent, Osgood was a baseball, football, and basketball coach at high schools in Willimantic, Connecticut and Greenville, Mars Hill, and Old Town, Maine. He played semi-pro baseball for eight years for the Greenville Lakers and the Presque Isle Indians in the Maine-New Brunswick and Tri-County leagues. He managed the Indians for two summers.
Lowell Osgood came to UMFK in the fall of 1962 and served as physical education teacher, soccer and basketball coach and athletic director over the next 15 years. He also served stints as director of intramurals, recruitment, and as a student council advisor.
During his tenure as coach at UMFK, his basketball teams never had a losing season. His 1968-69 squad was highest-scoring college team that season with 2,101 point scored in 21 games; better than a 100 point scoring average. UMFK was Northeast College Conference champs that year, as well. Over his UMFK basketball coaching career, Osgood’s teams record was 217-105 (.6739), with one conference title, twice as runners-up, and never finishing lower than fourth in the eight-team field. His team won the UMFK Invitational eight times in 11 years.
Lowell “Ozzie” Osgood passed away in May 2002. Although he no longer is with us, his presence is felt every time a UMFK athlete steps onto the field or the court of play.
Wulf Koch was a member of UMFK’s 1988 championship soccer team, which captured the North East College Athletic Conference championship and the NAIA District 5 semifinal.
Born in Roth, Germany, outside of Nuremberg, Wulf Koch attended UMFK from 1985 to 1989 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. While at Fort Kent, he was a standout soccer player for four years.
Wulf led the Bengal men in scoring as a freshman and sophomore, and captained the squad during his junior and senior years. He was named to the All-North East College Athletic Conference team his junior and senior campaigns. He also was named to the All-Maine Collegiate Team and honored as the Male Athlete of the Year during his senior year. He finished his UMFK career with 32 goals and 28 assists.
Off the field, Koch was president of his junior and senior classes, Treasurer of the UMFK Student Senate, and was the recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award” during his senior year.
After completing a master’s degree in Massachusetts, Koch returned to Fort Kent as acting athletic coordinator, and coached the Bengal men in during the 1991 and 1992 seasons.
Wulf has gone on to distinguish himself as a soccer coach recognized throughout the nation, as well as on the NAIA championship level. He currently is the men’s coach at Auburn University’s Montgomery campus.
Aroostook County native Larry Murphy has coached sports on the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels in northern Maine since the 1970s. He has touched the lives of many students and many athletes over the past four decades.
Born and raised in Caribou, Maine, Larry Murphy graduated from Caribou High School and went on to attend UMFK where he attained the deans list each year with an overall 3.33 grade point average, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science. He later earned a Master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Maine.
While attending UMFK, Larry played four years on the men’s soccer team, captaining the squad his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was a three-time most valuable player; North East College Conference all-conference first team honoree his junior and senior years; and was named to the NAIA District 5 All-New England Soccer Team during his sophomore campaign.
Coach Murphy guided the UMFK men’s soccer team from 1975 to 1991, and again in 2001, 2002, and 2005. He also coached the Bengal men’s basketball squad from 1985 to 1991 and the women’s volleyball team in 1985 and 1986. He was Coordinator of Athletics from 1975 to 1992.
Larry was honored as the NAIA District 5 basketball “Coach of the Year” in 1987; the Sunrise Conference soccer “Coach of the Year” in 2002 and 2005; and was the Maine Basketball Writers and Coaches “Coach of the Year in 1987. He also has coached soccer and basketball on the high school level, where he has earned several honors and recognition, as well. I
n his spare time, “Murph” is the owner of more than 20 sled dogs. He is a regular competitor in the Can-Am Crown International Sled dog races, where he has completed three, 60-mile races and two, 250-mile races.
Larry Murphy’s approach, work ethic, and persona have made his students not only better athletes, but better citizens, as well.