Date Posted:10/20/2004, 2:00PM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College will celebrate the third class of the Athletic Hall of Honor this homecoming weekend at an induction ceremony this Saturday, October 23. The distinguished honrees of the Class of 2004 include the Soule Family (William '36, Paul '66, Morton '68, James '77, Philip), Michael Linkovich, Edward J. McFarland '69, Amy Harper Munger '85 and Jean Roy '84.
No single family has had a greater impact on Bowdoin's athletic program than the Soule family. Father William '36 and his sons Paul '66, Mort '68, Jim '77 and Phil have produced a lasting legacy- particularly in the Bowdoin football program.
The patriarch of four sons who had an incredible impact on Bowdoin athletics, Bill Soule was anaccomplished athlete in his own right. A member of the Class of 1936, Bill Soule starred for Bowdoin on the gridiron and on the track. Bill Soule continued what was already a family legacy at Bowdoin when he matriculated in the fall of 1932. His uncles Emerson and Weston Hilton (both of the Class of 1891) were members of Bowdoin's first-ever football team, and his older brother, Gilmore ?30, had already found his way to Brunswick, with his younger sibling David '38 on the way. A roommate of fellow Hall of Honor inductee Phil Good '36, Bill Soule starred for Bowdoin as a broad-jumper and also captained Adam Walsh's first Bowdoin football team.
Bill went on to an accomplished career as a head coach at Dover-Foxcroft, where he led his 1939 squad to an unbeaten, untied, and unscored-upon season. He pursued a career in higher education and earned his Ph.D. at Boston University before serving many years as a superintendent of schools and then as a professor at the University of Southern Maine. Bill and his wife June - who also happens to be Phil Good's sister - live in Woolwich and have been married for 64 years. Their four sons have given them thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
With outstanding performances on the football field, Paul Soule shattered College records and set a new standard of excellence on the Bowdoin gridiron. Appropriately, his groundbreaking accomplishments stood for nearly a decade, until another Soule family member raised the bar once again.
Paul Soule came to Bowdoin after quarterbacking the Deering High School football team to a state championship in 1959. After a year at Mt. Hermon, Paul came to Bowdoin and was a member of Nels Corey's 1963 state championship squad. As a halfback, Paul was nearly unstoppable, rushing for 414 yards as a sophomore and breaking an 18-year-old single-season rushing record with 670 yards in 1964. He entered his senior season just 51 yards shy of the school?s career rushing mark with just two seasons under his belt. Paul easily surpassed that mark as a co-captain of the 1965 team, rushing for 597 yards and finishing his career with 1,681 yards. In addition, Soule set school marks in career yards per carry (4.76), career rushes (135), and career points (122).
Paul was also an outstanding track athlete, breaking the New England record in the 180-yard low hurdles while at Bowdoin. A member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, Paul went on to an accomplished career as a head coach at Reading (Mass.) High School. Paul and his wife, Gail, reside in Cumberland Center. His daughter, Sarah Soule Way '95, was an outstanding track athlete at Bowdoin, and his son, John Soule '97, also ran track and played competitive Ultimate Frisbee at Bowdoin. Paul and Gail have one grandchild.
An outstanding all-around athlete, Mort Soule shone on both the gridiron and baseball diamond during his distinguished career. As a senior co-captain wingback, Soule had a stellar senior season that saw him lead the team in kick returns, punt returns, and pass receiving (17 catches for 256 yards). He also completed three passes that season, including two touchdown passes. His 27 kickoff returns set a school record, as did his 112 yards in returns against Colby in 1966. His 621 career kick return yards broke his brother Paul's mark of 518 yards, while his 662 yards in punt returns is still a school record.
In his Bowdoin baseball career, Soule was hampered by injuries, but he was a deft All-Telegram league shortstop while at Deering High School and was captain of the Bowdoin nine during his senior season. He returned to Deering as a football coach and led the squad to the 1993 state championship. He has also been inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. Mort and his wife, Margie Miller Soule '73, reside in Portland and have four children and three grandchildren.
Jim Soule's records have stood the test of time and serve as a tribute to his outstanding career as a Polar Bear. Jim Soule carried the ball more times, rushed for more yards, and scored more touchdowns than any other Bowdoin player. Jim came to Bowdoin after a state championship at Morse High School. In his breakout junior season, Jim anchored a lethal backfield as he shattered Paul Soule's mark for single-season rushing yards (780).
But Jim Soule was not finished. As a senior, he became the first Polar Bear to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for a single season with 1,140 yards - a mark that still stands. He saved his best for his arch-rivals as he posted Bowdoin's two greatest single-game rushing efforts in consecutive weeks against Colby (244 yards, five touchdowns) and Bates (270 yards), as the Polar Bears captured their second straight CBB crown. His 2,634 career rushing yards are still 300 more than the second-place total, and when he finished his Bowdoin career, he had nearly 1,000 yards more than any other Polar Bear runner. Jim and his wife, Lydia, live in South Portland. They have three children.
Although he is the only one of the five Soule men not to have attended Bowdoin, Phil Soule has been a significant contributor to the Bowdoin campus thanks to his nearly 40-year coaching career at the College. A graduate of the University of Maine, Phil Soule had a distinguished college football career that included two All-Maine selections as an offensive lineman. As a high school athlete, Phil set the Maine state record in the shot put at a meet held at Whittier Field in Brunswick.
After teaching English and coaching a variety of sports at Fryeburg Academy, Phil joined the Bowdoin coaching staff in 1967 and has never left. In addition to coaching the Bowdoin offensive line for decades, Soule also had coaching stints in virtually every other sport at the College, including head jobs in wrestling, baseball, and squash. He has also served as an assistant in track and lacrosse, among other sports. A national champion canoe racer, Phil resides in Brunswick with his wife, Maureen. The couple have four children and ten grandchildren.
One of the first superstars in the history of women's basketball at Bowdoin, Amy Harper Munger laid the groundwork for a program that is now a nationally recognized power. An on-court leader and unstoppable scorer, she became the first women's basketball All-American in Bowdoin history.
Harper came to Bowdoin from Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, Massachusetts, and made an immediate impact, leading the squad with 12.4 points per game as a freshman. On a cold evening in early February of her rookie season, the newcomer gave a glimpse of the future, posting a school-record 34 points in a 55-53 win against the University of New England. As a sophomore, Harper again led the team in scoring, tallying 14.4 points per contest and earning the program's first-ever Alumnae Award, rewarding the women?s basketball player who "best exemplifies the spirit of Bowdoin Women's Basketball, combining talent with unselfish play and good sportsmanship." At that point, there was little doubt about Harper's talent, as she set school marks for most free throws in a season and established a new single-game record by scoring 38 points against St. Joseph's.
Her junior and senior seasons placed Harper among elite company in college basketball. She averaged 18.4 and 18.9 points per game in back-to-back stellar campaigns, but also became an incredible all-around talent and leader, serving as captain both years In the 1984?85 season, she set single-game Bowdoin records in assists (10), steals (11) and field goals made (14). That year she became only the second Bowdoin woman to score 1,000 points, and then cruised to a school record of 1,316 career points. She led the team to its first-ever postseason appearance, in which they reached the finals of the Northeast Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament before bowing to Conn. College.
At the conclusion of the 1984-85 season, Harper was named the New England Small College Player of the Year and First-Team All-New England, and was honored as an All-American, taking First-Team College Division honors. Harper's domination has withstood the test of time and is more remarkable given that she played prior to the three-point-shot era. She still holds the top five single-game scoring marks in Bowdoin history and is third on the College's all-time scoring list, despite not appearing in the top ten of games played. Her mark of 370 career free-throws still stands, and she also graduated holding the single-season marks in assists (124, currently third) and steals (107, currently second), records which have since been broken.
Harper was also an outstanding four-year tennis player for the Polar Bears, serving as captain her senior year. The 1981 team went 13-1, tying a then-school record for wins and setting a still-standing record for best winning percentage. During her four years, she was a three-time Maine state singles champion and also played softball. Amy Harper Munger lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, with her husband Bruce U. Munger, Jr. '78 and her two children, Ursula and Heidi.
One of the most prolific scorers in Bowdoin ice hockey history, Jean Roy helped to redefine the position of defenseman, not only in Dayton Arena, but in all of American collegiate hockey. His scoring records for defensemen,most of which still stand today, 20 years after he graduated, are indicative of his dominance.
A native of Lewiston, Maine, Roy was a first-team All-State selection at St. Dominic's High School in 1978 before moving on to Tabor Academy, where he was a two-time team MVP. He made an immediate impact at Bowdoin, earning ECAC Rookie of the Year, First-Team All-ECAC, and First-Team All-New England honors for the 1980-81 campaign. In his first year, he scored eight goals, tying the school mark for tallies by a defenseman in a season. It was a record he would shatter in both his sophomore and senior years, when he scored twelve and eleven goals respectively.
As a sophomore, he earned the first of his three straight All-American honors and went on to become the first three-time All-American Polar Bear. Before he graduated, he would become the first, and to this day only, Bowdoin player to be a four-time All-New England selection. In 1982, he played with the East squad at the U.S. Sports Festival. Roy grabbed national attention as a senior, when he led the team with 11 goals and 35 assists. He was selected as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, which honors the top ten players in all divisions of collegiate hockey. He was awarded the New England Hockey Writers' Outstanding Defenseman Award, given to the best defender in all divisions of college hockey, and was an East-West All-Star choice. That year he led the Polar Bears to the ECAC Championship game, which Bowdoin lost, 4-1, to Babson.
Roy closed out his career holding the Bowdoin records for career assists (95), single-season assists (35), most career goals by a defenseman (38), and most career points by a blue-liner (133). Twenty years after his graduation, Roy still stands 10th on Bowdoin's all-time scoring list. Following graduation, he played professional hockey in Holland. In 1999, Roy was inducted into the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame and was named by Sports Illustrated as one of Maine's top 50 athletes of the 20th century. Roy resides in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with his wife, Catherine, and their children, Cameron and Austin.
A legend in his profession and a fixture at Bowdoin College for six decades, Mike Linkovich established and perpetuated Bowdoin's legacy of outstanding athletic training. A member of the Bowdoin staff for 40 years, Linkovich joined the College in 1954 as athletic trainer. Known as 'Big Daddy' to many Bowdoin athletes, and 'Link' to all others, Linkovich was responsible for caring for and preventing athletic injuries. He worked closely with Bowdoin's medical staff and coaches, particularly Dr. Daniel Hanley ?39, a 2003 Athletic Hall of Honor inductee.
A native of Monaca, Pennsylvania, Linkovich served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, including three years of duty in Europe. After returning from military service, Linkovich received his bachelor's degree from Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, in l953; he was then a student assistant trainer as he finished his graduate work in physical education at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Upon completing his graduate work, he made what he thought would be a temporary move to Bowdoin.
An eternally popular member of the athletic staff, Linkovich was appointed in l961 as a director of the National Athletic Trainers Association, representing a district that included all six New England states. In l969, he was elected vice president of the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association. Linkovich served as a trainer for the U.S. hockey team at the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid in l980. He was also appointed an athletic trainer for the U.S. for the l980 Moscow Summer Olympics.
In l982, Linkovich received his profession's highest honor when he was inducted into the Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington. He is also a member of the Beaver County (Pennsylvania) Sports Hall of Fame (l983), the Davis and Elkins College Athletic Hall of Fame (1993) and the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame (2000). In 1995, he received the American College Hockey Association's Jim Fullerton Award for "one who loves the purity of the sport," and in 1996 received the Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame's Contribution to Amateur Football Award. In l980, he received the Bowdoin Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff in recognition of his ?outstanding service and devotion to Bowdoin.?
Highly visible about campus, Linkovich is often seen in the athletic equipment room and at Bowdoin athletic contests, and he enjoys weekly dining sessions with current student-athletes at the College. He and his wife, Virginia, reside in Brunswick. Together they raised two sons, Steven '84 and Michael.
Few individuals can match the accomplishments of Edward "Bobo" McFarland in two sports. Playing for the Polar Bears, he became the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball and achieved such prowess on the baseball diamond that he was drafted by a major-league club.
A native of Scarborough, Maine, McFarland established his dominance first on the hardcourt. He was the first Polar Bear to score 1,300 points, graduating with 1,356, and still holds the career scoring average record, 21.9 points per game. A two-time Division III All-East and All-New England performer, McFarland still holds the all-time season-scoring average among Polar Bears for his 1968-69 season, even without the help of the three-point shot.
That season, under head basketball coach Ray Bicknell, McFarland led Bowdoin to a school-record 16 wins against just five losses. The year saw a pair of thrilling victories against the University of Maine, including an 83-80 win over the Black Bears in the season finale, earning the Polar Bears their second outright State Series crown. That magical 1968-69 season saw McFarland average an unprecedented 25.1 points per game - a mark that still stands more than 30 years later. He was honored by United Press International as New England Player of the Year.
McFarland's records have stood the test of time, as he still holds Bowdoin records in single-season and career scoring, career field goals (474) and career free throws (469). In addition, McFarland was a stellar baseball player while at Bowdoin, earning All-New England honors and batting .328 while serving as captain his senior season. He was a two-time All-Maine selection and earned All-Star status while playing in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 1968. Following graduation, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and played in their minor-league system for several seasons. Maine sportswriters in 1968 named McFarland winner of the Governor's Trophy as Maine's outstanding athlete. In 1989, the Portland Press Herald named McFarland to its Maine All-Time College Baseball Team. McFarland has been inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame (1989), the Maine Sports Hall of Fame (1993) and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2003).
McFarland's father, Edward J. McFarland ?48, was the captain of Bowdoin's first-ever men's basketball team in the 1946-47 season. Today, McFarland resides in Northborough, Massachusetts, with his wife, Susan. They have three children and two grandchildren.