October 4, 2010
The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee has chosen four individuals for induction as the Class of 2011 during a ceremony to be held next spring. The four individuals span six decades of alumni from the University.
The members of the Class of 2011 are: Emery “Legs” Labbe (’51); Larry Violette (’66); Michael Charette (’89); and Emlyn Jacoby (’10).
The announcement was made by Athletic Director Bill Ashby at the annual Alumni and Friends Banquet during the University’s Homecoming weekend.
With the induction of the Class of 2011, the UMFK Athletic Hall of Fame will grow to 15 members. The Hall of Fame was established in 2008.
Emery “Legs” Labbe -- 1951
Labbe played and excelled in many local sports including bowling, softball, and baseball. Labbe is the former principal and vice principal for M.S.A.D. #27, a member of the Fort Kent Lions Club, and a former town councilor. “Legs” is perhaps best known for his support of UMFK Athletics in his role as the former editor, publisher, and sports writer for the St. John Valley Times. He has established many connections with student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and the extended Bengal family.
Larry Violette -- 1966
Violette was a four sport star at UMFK in the mid 1960s. He played basketball from 1963 through 1966, and soccer during the 1964 and 1965 campaigns. In 1963, he was the basketball team’s MVP. He captained the squad in 1964-65. He set a single-season scoring record of 170 points in 1964 and broke his own record the following year in 1965 with 187. He played all positions in basketball. He was honored as the 1964 Outstanding Male Athlete for his play in basketball, soccer, and badminton.
Michael Charette -- 1989
Charette was a standout soccer player for UMFK. He played for Coach Larry Murphy (HOF ’08) and was an all-conference and all-district player, as well as a team captain. After graduation, Charette achieved success in the U.S. Navy, Naval Reserves, and Maine National Guard. He later returned to UMFK to earn a teaching certificate in Education, and serve as assistant men’s soccer coach for two seasons.
Emlyn Jacoby -- 2010
Jacoby was a member of the most successful soccer program in the University’s history. He was team captain; the 2007 Male Athlete of the Year; a two-time Academic All-American; three-time All-American honorable mention; four-time Sunrise Conference scholar-athlete; four-time Sunrise Conference first team member; and the 2006 Sunrise Conference Rookie-of-the-Year. Jacoby led his team to the 2007 national “Sweet 16” round, and in 2008 to the national “Elite 8” round. In 2009, he captained the Bengal team that attained number 4 in the national rankings. Jacoby did all of this while attaining a 3.7 grade point average.
The members of the 2011 class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a dinner/induction ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 23, 2011 on the UMFK campus.