“Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”
It is fraternally soul-stirring to consider the considerable number of our Omega Mu brothers who played on various varsity athletic teams at the University of Maine. Taken as a whole, well over three-hundred, these varsity athlete brothers of ours represent a long-standing Q.T.V. and Omega Mu tradition in proudly representing the University of Maine by wearing the Black Bear uniform ever since it was a fledgling university. Through their unselfish commitment and positive attitude, they brought countless hours of joy and happiness to thousands of University of Maine students, creating thousands of historic memories on the football field, baseball field, soccer field, wrestling mat, track, basketball court, and on the ice with the vitality and creative energy of their play for the Black Bears to win. Quite honestly, there is no struggle with trepidation to say that we are proud of each of them, and we are mighty proud and honored to call each of them our Omega Mu brothers.
Many of these brothers brought unmatched depth of talent, skill, and expertise to our Black Bear teams. The attributes of fraternal life and the athletic life are clearly the same because both emphasize teamwork, camaraderie, commitment, and hard work to grow, improve, obtain success, and set new goals of achievement. Fraternal life inculcates, encourages, and supports academic achievement, social and philanthropic engagement, and athletic success. And as our fraternal story at the University of Maine is like no other, we have had notable success in all of these areas of human endeavor.
Yes, we have much to be proud of with Omega Mu’s honorable heritage in representing the University of Maine in athletics. Here, then, are our Omega Mu brothers, who, through resolute will, hard work, talent and sportsmanship distinguished themselves in superlative ways that they were inducted into the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame for upholding the tradition of success and excellence of their respective University of Maine Black Bear teams.
“Keith Carney played in 121 career games for the Black Bears from 1988-1991. He scored 14 career goals and added 112 assists for 126 career points from the blue line. Carney led the Blacks Bears to the NCAA tournament in each of his three seasons in Orono and also played in two NCAA Frozen Fours. Carney was named the 1991 New England Defenseman of the Year. He was also named to the 1991 All-New England team, the 1990 Hockey East Second Team, the 1991 Hockey East First Team and the 1991 Hockey East All-Tournament Team. Carney was an All-American in 1990 and 1991. He played for the United States in the 1988 Olympics and followed that up with a 19-year NHL career, before retiring following the 2007-2008 season. He played for the Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild.”
“Ted Curtis coached many successful ski teams for 31 years and guided two of his skiers to the Olympics. His teams captured 24 Maine State Championships and finished second in the 1953 NCAA Championships. While an undergraduate, he played basketball, tennis and winter sports. He served as the Faculty Manager of Athletics from 1930 to 1966. Curtis was president of the Maine and New England Intercollegiate Athletic Associations, was a Trustee of Lee Academy, organized the first Maine Chapter of the Future Farmers of America and was instrumental in the planning of Memorial Gymnasium. Curtis served as a State Senator in the Maine Legislature from 1967 to 1969.”
“Tom Golden, a co-captain of the 1954 University of Maine football team, earned numerous regional and national honors. He was a three time All-State and All-Yankee Conference selection and earned All-America honors following the 1953 and 1954 seasons. During his senior year, Golden was a member of Senior Skulls, the highest all-around honor for a University of Maine man. From 1953-54 he was also the captain of the golf team and was the State of Maine Intercollegiate Champion in 1953.”
“Al Hackett was a three-year starter on the baseball team from 1951 to 1953. He held three career records when he graduated including most RBI's, most total bases and most home runs. Hackett batted .386 in 1952 with three triples and three home runs. He had tryouts with the Boston Braves and the Boston Red Sox and was previously elected to the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. Later, Hackett worked as Associate Director of Admissions for the University of Maine and handled nearly all of the applications for student-athletes.”
Maine Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
“Phillip Coulombe, the former Cony High School of Augusta and University of Maine running back, epitomized the term “warrior. “He not only played with chronic shoulder problems that required him to wear harnesses to prevent them from dislocating, he is regarded as one of the finest running backs ever produced by the state. He was a hard-driving back. He had a great reputation. He was regarded as one of the best backs in New England,” said Stu Haskell, a former University of Maine athletic director who wrote a book chronicling the UMaine athletic program. He started for four years at Maine and averaged 4.23 yards per carry in 1950. He was an All-Maine selection that year. He is also remembered for a game against the University of Connecticut in which he carried the ball 15 times for 108 yards in Maine’s 16-7 triumph over the Huskies.”
(Bangor Daily News)