Southern Maine to Induct Eight Into 2019 Husky Hall of Fame | September 28, 2019

Southern Maine to Induct Eight Into 2019 Husky Hall of Fame | September 28, 2019

GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics will add eight new members to the Husky Hall of Fame when it hosts the 34th Annual Husky Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony on Saturday, September 28 at Spire 29 Events Center in Gorham, Maine.  The eight new inductees will bring the total number of former Southern Maine standouts in the coveted group to 227.

Honoring coaches, administrators, and former student-athletes, the Husky Hall of Fame was created in 1985 to recognize the outstanding athletic achievements by graduates of the University of Southern Maine and its predecessor institutions, including the Western Maine Normal School, Gorham State Teachers' College, the University of Maine Portland, and the University of Maine at Portland-Gorham.  

            The Husky Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes seven former student-athletes from the USM baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, field hockey, men's ice hockey, men's soccer and women's track & field programs. In addition to the seven former student-athletes, Southern Maine Athletics will also honor the wrestling program's founding coach.  

            As part of the evening, Southern Maine Athletics will present the Dr. Richard A. Costello Special Achievement Award, and the Clifford O.T. Weiden Award.  Presented annually since 1992, the Costello Special Achievement Awards is given to a USM graduate who as distinguished him or herself through their commitment to student-athletes and athletics.  The Weiden Award, presented annually since 1990, is presented annually to an individual or business from the community that contributes special talents and time to the University.  

The 2019 Dr. Richard A. Costello Award will be presented to Lionel Rodrigue, a 1960 graduate of Gorham State Teachers' College, who was a three-year member of the Hilltoppers basketball and baseball teams, and has spent numerous years coaching in the high school ranks while successfully operating a Maine small business. 

            The 2019 Clifford O.T. Weiden Award will be given to Robert Caswell, a 1974 graduate of UMaine Portland-Gorham and long-time University of Southern Maine Director of Public Affairs.  Recently retired from USM, Caswell served as the Huskies' first Sports Information Director at the beginning of his more than three-decades of service to Southern Maine. 


2019 Husky Hall of Fame Inductees

Melissa Emery, Field Hockey, Class of 1994

      A 1993 National Field Hockey Coaches' Association (NFHCA) All-Region pick, Melissa Emery served as the Huskies' team captain during the 1993 season, and helped guide the Huskies to a record of 52-18-4 during her four-year career.  Over those four seasons, USM enjoyed some its greatest success and in turn Emery was selected to the NFHCA North/West Senior All-Star game. 

      Emery's success in field hockey did not diminish after exhausting her eligibility at Southern Maine. Immediately following her graduation Emery attended her first National Team Camp, and since then Emery has competed on behalf of the United States around the globe, and has spent the past three years as member of the United States Masters Team (Over 35).  As a part of the US Master's Indoor Team, Emery competed in the 2018 Indoor World Cup and the US team finished fourth, earning the program's first ever win over Norway. 

      A former Paula D. Hodgdon Leadership Award Winner, Emery graduated from Southern Maine in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in Criminology.   


Andy Lang, Baseball, Class of 2004

      A four-time All-Little East Conference (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003) infielder for the Huskies' powerhouse baseball program, Andy Lang earned All-New England honors from 2000-2003. Lang helped lead Southern Maine to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division III World Series in 2000 and 2001, and was a part of a Huskies' lineup that went 128-59-1 over his four seasons. Still among the career leaders in several statistical categories, Lang is fifth in assists (498), seventh in hits (248), eighth in doubles (51), 11th in runs scored (172) and 15th in RBI (153).  

      Following his playing days at Southern Maine, Lang spent three seasons in the professional ranks as a member of the Kalamazoo Kings organization and the New York Mets organization. Still active in the field of baseball, Lang is the General Manager of the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and helped the Gatemen capture the 2018 Cape Cod League Baseball Championship.  

      A William B. Wise Scholar Athlete, Lang graduated with a degree in History in 2004. He furthered his education at Fordham University earning his Juris Doctorate and is an Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Lang, Xifaras and Bullard. 


Katie Frost Franzoni, Women's Basketball, Class of 2006

      A former Paula D. Hodgdon Leadership Award winner, Katie Frost Franzoni was a four-year starting guard for the Huskies' perennially successful women's basketball team helping guide Southern Maine to a record of 118-11 from 2002 through 2006.  During her time at Hill Gymnasium, Southern Maine women's basketball captured four consecutive Little East Conference regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament each of those four years.  During her four trips to the NCAAs, Frost and her teammates advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight each time, and during the 2004-2005 season and the 2005-2006 season broke through for spots in the NCAA Division III Final Four.  Frost and the Huskies finished as the NCAA Division III National Runner Up in 2006, and set the program record for wins in a season with a mark of 32-2. 

      During the 2005-2006 season, Frost led the Huskies in assists, averaging 5.0 per game and had an outstanding 3.0 assist-to-turnover ratio, and was Southern Maine's third leading scorer. A standout shooter and passer, Frost is second in career games played (125), fifth in three-point field goals made (180), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (38.1), and sixth in assists (447).  Frost's career-best total of 180 assists during the 2005-2006 season ranks eighth in single-season records, while her 67 threes are ranked fifth. 

      A four-time William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete, Frost earned her bachelor of science in sociology in 2006, and then her Master's of Education from USM in 2009.


Drew Coppenrath, Men's Basketball, Class of 2008

      The first Southern Maine men's basketball player to earn Little East Conference All-Defensive team honors, Drew Coppenrath was a three-year member of the Huskies' squad from 2005-2008, serving as the team's captain in his senior season (2007-2008).  During his final year in a Huskies' uniform, Coppenrath had his best year statistically averaging 15.5 points (416 total), shooting 47.9 percent from the field.  Additionally, Coppenrath averaged 6.6 rebounds and led the team with 26 blocked shots.  For his efforts Coppenrath was named to both the LEC All-Defensive team, and the 2008 All-Little East Conference second team. 

      In just three seasons at Hill Gym, Coppenrath accumulated 804 points, 413 rebounds, 54 assists, 44 blocked shots and 42 steals.  The Huskies' forward shot an outstanding 47.5 percent from the field (326-for-687) over his career and was 40.0 percent from three-point range (60-for-150).  

      Coppenrath earned his Business Administration degree from Southern Maine and has enjoyed a successful sales career, recently named one of Agren Appliance's Top 3 Sales Professionals.   


Emily Artesani Walton, Women's Track & Field, Class of 2010

      With 15 individual Little East Conference titles over her career, and 24 All-LEC citations, Emily Artesani Walton was a part of eight consecutive Little East Conference Championships for the Huskies' women's track & field indoor and outdoor programs Excelling on the regional stage, Artesani Walton earned NCAA Division III All-New England honors on 13 occasions, while garnering nine All-ECAC honors during her years of competition.  

      A school record holder in the 200, 400, 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 during her career, Artesani Walton ran her way to the title of NCAA Division III New England Champion in the 400 during the 2008 outdoor season. During the 2009 outdoor track & field season, Artesani Walton was named the Little East Conference's Track Athlete of the Year. 

      Artesani Walton also distinguished herself academically while a student-athlete at USM.  A graduate of USM's Honors program, Artesani Walton earned Dean's List status in each of her semesters, and is a four-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete.  She earned CoSIDA Academic All-District One second team honors as one of the top students and athletes in her chosen sport.  Artesani Walton graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology. Continuing her education after Southern Maine, she went on to earn her Master's of Education: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. 


Dane Marshall, Men's Ice Hockey, Class of 2010

      A two-year team captain for the Huskies' men's ice hockey team, Dane Marshall finished his career as a three-time All-Eastern College Athletic Conference selection as a defenseman. During his career (2004-2008), Marshall earned various honors from the ECAC, New England Hockey Writers Association (NEWHA) and the ECAC East. 

      Finishing his career as the program's leader in games played (106), Marshall helped guide Southern Maine to a record of 56-41-9. He is ranked in the top 25 of USM's record books for career points (68), and is sixth all-time in assists with 61.  After Southern Maine, Marshall continued his hockey career, playing professionally with the Central Hockey League's Mississippi River Kings.  Playing three seasons with the Kings, Marshall was named to the league's All-Rookie team in his inaugural season. 

      An ECAC All-Academic team honoree as a sophomore, junior and a senior, Marshall was also recognized by the Department of Athletics as a three-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete. Marshall earned his degree in Business Administration in 2008 and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. 


Gregory Cox, Men's Soccer, Class of 2009

       One of the top midfielders in the Little East Conference during his career on the pitch at the University of Southern Maine, Gregory Cox was honored three times by the LEC with all-conference citations, earning second team all-conference honors as a sophomore and first team honors as a junior and senior.  A two-year captain (2007, 2008), Cox also earned National Soccer Coaches of America Association (NSCAA) All-New England fourth team honors during his career.  

      As team captain in 2008, Cox played a pivotal role in Southern Maine's 2008 Little East Conference regular season championship, helping the Huskies to an overall record of 12-9-1 and a conference mark of 6-1.  With Cox controlling the midfield, Southern Maine earned a bid to the ECAC Division III New England Tournament. Listed in USM's career records for goals, assists and total points, Cox's 23 goals scored ties for 10th all-time, while his 64 points stand alone at ninth all-time.  He is second all-time at USM in assists (18).  

      Cox earned his degree in Economics in 2009, and works in financial services for Key Private Bank. Active in his community, Cox has volunteered his time with Junior Achievement of Maine, fundraised for the Center for Grieving Children, and is a member of NAACP, Portland Branch. 


Ted Reese, Wrestling Coach, Class of 1997-2003

       Ted Reese founded the University of Southern Maine Huskies' wrestling program and guided it for six years, establishing the only NCAA Division III wrestling program in the State of Maine.  Since then, Southern Maine wrestling has continued to grow crowning several All-Americans and its first National Champion in 2017, Dan Del Gallo. 

      A pioneer in the sport of wrestling, Reese helped develop Maine's wrestling programs from the high school level on up, founding high school programs at Camden-Rockport, Georges Valley, Scarborough and Bonny Eagle.  During his time at Bonny Eagle, Reese led the Scots to eight State Championships.  As the Huskies' head coach, Reese helped develop USM's first NCAA Division III national competitor, Adam Farrington.  Under Reese's guidance, Farrington led the nation in pins and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in New England. 

      Nationally and internationally known, Reese served as a scout for several of the U.S.'s gold medalists during the 1984 Olympics, including legendary wrestler Dave Schultz.  Reese also contributed extensively on USA Wrestling's National Wrestling Syllabus, and compiled a technique book entitled "Tangatook Wrestling Techniques." He is the first person in the United States to earn the coveted designation of Master Coach from FILA, wrestling's international ruling body, and he received a certificate of achievement from the Moscow Institute of Sport in 1987.    

      Tickets are $35 per person and RSVPs must be received by Wednesday, September 25.  Contact Al Bean at (207) 780-5588 for tickets. 



University of Southern Maine

34th Annual Husky Hall of Fame: Class of 2019

Melissa Emery, Class of 1994

Field Hockey

Andy Lang, Class of 2004


Katie Frost Franzoni, Class of 2006

Women's Basketball

Drew Coppenrath, Class of 2008

Men's Basketball

Dane Marshall, Class of 2008

Men's Ice Hockey

Gregory Cox, Class of 2009

Men's Soccer

Emily Artesani Walton, Class of 2010

Women's Cross Country, Track & Field

Ted Reese, 1997-2003

Wrestling Coach