Whitmore inducted into Bowdoin Hall

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 28, 2012
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Dick Whitmore after winning his 600th game at Colby.

BRUNSWICK, Maine --- Dick Whitmore, the former head coach of the Colby College men's basketball team, was inducted into the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor recently.

Whitmore, a 1965 graduate of Bowdoin, helped turn a losing Polar Bear men's basketball program into a winner. Bowdoin had suffered through 26 losing seasons in the first 27 years of the program. Whitmore, who attended Archbishop Williams in Braintree, Mass., arrived with new head coach Ray Bicknell and helped change the culture of the team.

Whitmore played in three seasons on the varsity (was a rule at that time) and graduated first in team history in rebounding (622) and second in scoring (1,028). He helped the Polar Bears to their first-ever Maine State Championship in 1963.

Whitmore took over at rival Colby as head coach in 1970 and won 637 games in 40 years. His career victory total ranks seventh all-time in NCAA Division III history. He was an inaugural inductee into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Since his retirement nearly two years ago, Whitmore has stayed active. He and his son-in-law, Jim Hartley, opened the Pine Tree Seafood and Produce Market at 655 Route One in Scarborough, Maine. For more information, go to pinetreeseafood.com.

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