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UMFK Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, April 25

April 13, 2009


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host its annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 25 in Nowland Hall.  

Four individuals, as different from last year’s class as they are from one another, comprise the second group of inductees of the UMFK Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Following on the heels of a very successful inaugural class, the inductees of the UMFK Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2009 is a distinguished group of four in its own right, Terry Drown, Robert Marquis, Jeffrey Pillsbury and Shaun Tomblin. Each one an individual; each one a member of this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame class.            

Each of the four individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame had a big impact on Bengal’s athletics as an athlete.  All made contributions off the field or court as a scholar, a coach, an administrator, or in the business world.  One gave his life for our freedom.            

The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. with a social followed by a banquet prepared by ARAmark. Tickets for the banquet are $20 per person and may be purchased through the Alumni Affairs office. Contact the Alumni Affairs office at 207-834-7557.               

Heading the class of 2009 is scholar/athlete Terry Drown.  Drown attended UMFK from 1964-1968.  He was a star basketball player known for his imposing physical presence on the court.  Terry also was very active in the UMFK campus community where he participated in Kappa Delta Phi fraternity and was known as a gifted artist.            

At the conclusion of his senior year, Terry Drown marched with his classmates during commencement exercises, although he remained a few credits shy of receiving his diploma.              

Before he could complete his degree, however, Drown was drafted into the armed services at the height of the Vietnam War. 

He died in the line of duty, in service to his country, in June 1969. Each year at UMFK, the Award for Top Scholastic Athlete is bestowed upon an athlete who exhibits the athletic and community spirit embodied by Terry Drown, for whom the award is named.                 

Terry Drown had a significant impact upon UMFK athletics on the court, and on the university campus, as well.  His posthumous induction into the UMFK Athletic Hall of Fame is well deserved.              

Bob Marquis (’77) played on the 1973-74 and 1974-75 UMFK men’s basketball teams coached by Lowell “Ozzie” Osgood (HOF ’08).  Bob also was active as a member of the student council, Omega Sigma Beta fraternity, and the Winter Carnival committee.             

But he is perhaps best known for his 30-year run as a teacher, coach, official and athletic administrator at schools in East Millinocket, Maine, the last 10 at Schenck High School.   Bob retired from teaching and coaching in June 2007, but he leaves behind an impressive record.               

Over the years he coached girls soccer on the club sport level, girls junior high and high school-level basketball, both varsity and junior varsity; and men’s baseball.  During the 1980s, his girl’s varsity basketball teams at Schenck High School went to the state tournament five times in a row, reaching the eastern Maine final in 1986.            

Most of Bob’s teams posted winning records.  Some of the records were rather impressive.  But Bob coached for something more than “Ws,” often it was to teach the fundamentals of the game, or develop an interest in a sport.  It was about the love of the game; whatever the game.              

Off the court Bob was active, as well.  He coached basketball in the local recreation league for eight years; little pro football for five; Little League for four years; tee ball in the morning, Babe Ruth baseball in the afternoon, and a traveling team in the evening for a baseball summer recreation program.              

Bob also found time to be a parish council member of eight years; an Elks Lodge member; refereed basketball tournaments; and attain third-degree Knights of Columbus membership. Bob and his wife, Sarah, reside in Millinocket.  They have two children: a daughter, Regan, and a son, Dallas.              

Jeff Pillsbury (’87), former men’s basketball player, had an outstanding career on the court for the Bengals.  Pillsbury compiled 1,642 points during his career in Fort Kent.  He captained the men’s basketball squad his junior and senior years.            

Pillsbury was named an Academic All-American his last two years at UMFK, attesting to his high grade-point average.  He was a three-time all-tourney selection; most valuable player 1884-85; most improved player 1984-85; and the season assists leader 1983-84.  His #5 was retired in 1987.            

Off the court, Jeff was active as the student representative to the Social Science division.  On the academic front, Pillsbury was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence; the Grindle Award; and the Haenssler Award.              

Following graduation, Jeff went on to become a successful coach, guidance counselor, athletic director and administrator on the high school level.  He currently is assistant principal and athletic director at Mt. Abram High School in Strong, Maine.                   

Jeff is an active volunteer for a variety of youth sports organizations in his community.  He also is an avid outdoorsman. He is married and has three sons.             

Shaun Tomblin (’01), scored 1,789 points during his four-year standout career as a power forward on the Bengal’s basketball team.  He currently is ranked number one on the UMFK all-time scoring list.  Playing under coaches, Jim Graffum and Derek Johnson, Shaun was a 2001 All-American honorable mention and first team All-Conference player.            

Shaun also was an exceptional student.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.  He was named to the 2000-2001 Who’s Who in American College list. Outside the classroom, and off the court, Shaun was active in the drama club, as an admissions counselor, and as a residence assistance.              

Following graduation, Shaun gave back to his alma mater as a member of the UMFK Board of Visitors from 2002-06.              

Shaun’s career path took him away from the world of athletics.  Following the path he laid out for himself in the classroom, Shaun entered the business world.  He began with a stint as a collateral analyst with Congress Financial Corp in New York City and worked his way though the field in other positions, as well.  Shaun currently is employed as a financial advisor with New York Life Insurance in New York City.                                                                       

Shaun and his wife, Janell, have three young children. Tomblin finds time in his busy personal and professional life to volunteer his time as a coach for a local church youth group.            

The selection committee was comprised of UMFK Alumni Association representatives Ray Phinney, Venette King and Emery “Legs” Labbe; Athletic department representatives, Eric Werntgen and Lucas Levesque; student/athlete representative, Hamill Bassue; 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.             

For more information on purchasing tickets, contact the Alumni Affairs office at 207-834-7557.                                                                   #####