Charles R. Andre, 1951. A four-year member of the men’s basketball team playing for Gorham State Teacher’s College from 1947-1951, Charles Andre played an integral role in the resurgence of men’s basketball. After being suspended due to World War II, Andre was a member of the “Hilltoppers” starting backcourt in its second season of reinstatement. A fixture in the starting lineup from his freshman year on, Andre also served as President of the Men’s Athletic Association, helping raise funds for the school’s first electronic scoreboard. Playing for James Gilman in his freshman season, Andre ended his playing career under Hall-of-Famer John Bodnarick. During that period, Gorham State compiled a 22-31 record, including an outstanding 1949-1950 season in which the team posted a 10-5 mark. During Andre’s senior season, 1950-51, Gorham State had one of the biggest wins of the season defeating Bates College 68-52 at the Portland Exposition Building. That same season, Andre and the Hilltoppers traveled to Massachusetts to take on Stonehill College at the Boston Garden.