By Sarah Gaines
Bridgton Academy Class Notes – Commencement 2016
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We heard an incredible update late last year about Alvin Hersey – who is among one of Bridgton’s eldest living alumni. Now residing in The Villages, Florida, Alvin was asked to participate in the “Villages Honor Flight” – a hub of the National Honor Flight Network – to see the war memorials in Washington, D.C. Born in 1916, Alvin served in the Army during World War II, during which he spent time in “Stalag 5” as a prisoner of war. The Honor Flight included veterans from both World War II and Korea. Upon his return from the Honor Flight, Alvin and his fellow veterans were greeted by community members for a homecoming celebration. Alvin is currently the oldest veteran living in The Villages. To watch Alvin discuss his service to our country in a video created by The World War Two Veterans History Project, click here. Thank you, Alvin, for your service to our country and for continuing to be an inspiration!
George reports that, after twenty years as an assistant postmaster, he is now enjoying his retirement – playing golf one day a week, and volunteering with his community’s “Meals on Wheels” program two days a week. George is also very active in his church, and has served six missions for his church to date – even one in New Zealand! He and his wife, Joyce, have been married for sixty-five years and currently reside in Utah. Happy retirement, George!
Now living in Maryland, Andrew reports that he retired from the military forty-five years ago. This year marks sixty-five years since Andrew and his ’51 classmates graduated from the Academy, and Andrew informs that he hopes to make it up to North Bridgton at some point soon. We hope to see you, Andrew, and thank you for you service to our country!
We received word that Bruce traveled to the West Indies/Caribbean Basin this past winter. We look forward to hearing some stories from this adventure!
Ronald proudly reports that his fourth grandson, Hayden Squatrito, was born June 18, 2015 in Twin Falls, Idaho, and that his son and daughter-in-law both teach school in northeastern Nevada. Congratulations on your growing family, Ronald!
The years which have followed Bill’s graduation from Bridgton have been overflowing with adventure. From his time as a CDL truck driver, to his success as an accomplished cyclist and businessman, to his present-day, Bill’s stories are equal parts humorous, inspiring, and moving. Years later, Bill has begun to document the over half a century’s worth of experiences that tell his life story – and he invites you to read them! Click here to read updates on Bill – in his own words. Attention Class of ’64 alumni – please contact Sarah Gaines (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reach out to Bill directly.
Last year, John was named the President and CEO of Rivanna Medical, a Virginia-based medical device company which develops ultrasound-based technology. John has become well-known for his success in building and selling both publicly and privately held healthcare companies. Best of luck in your newest role, John!
Last summer, Greg retired from his position as the Director of IT Security Compliance and Risk at Unum Group. He is now planning on enjoying his retirement by splitting time between Cape Cod and Roanoke, Virginia. Have fun, Greg!
Earlier this year, Erik was inducted into the Norwich Sports Hall of Fame in Connecticut. While a student at Norwich Free Academy, Erik was a three-sport athlete that saw him playing quarterback on the football field, point guard on the basketball court, and shortstop on the baseball diamond. After his graduation from Bridgton Academy, Erik went on to study at Southern Connecticut State University. In 1976, Erik began teaching at Waterford High School in Connecticut, where he also coached track, football, basketball, and golf.He also spent time training soccer goalies. Erik retired from his position at Waterford High School last year. He and his wife, Susan, reside in Norwich, Connecticut. Congratulations, Erik, and best wishes for your retirement!
Last fall, Steve was named as president of the United States’ central region for Colliers International Group, Inc. Steve has been a longtime member of Dallas’ commercial real estate industry, and most recently held a leadership position at Cushman and Wakefield. This is tremendous news – congratulations, Steve!
Now entering his 29th year as a boys lacrosse coach at Hingham High School in Massachusetts, John Todd has much to celebrate! Earlier this year, John picked up his 406th career win, which landed him the honor of becoming the all-time wins leader in the history of Massachusetts high school boys lacrosse. John is one of only two coaches in state history to exceed the 400 wins mark. Congratulations, John!
We were excited to hear from Mike Foley, who reports that he has been a hike leader for the Worcester, Massachusetts chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) for over one decade. Earlier this year, Mike was nominated as “Appie of the Year”. In his work with the AMC, Mike leads his chapter in terms of the number of hikes he guides, and has devoted himself to an incredible amount of time doing trail work and helping new and young chapter members. As part of his work with the chapter, Mike also participates in the Winter Workshop Hiking Series, and ensures hikers have proper gear and follow AMC guidelines. He also leads “full moon” hikes across the county of Worcester.He credits Bridgton alumnus and longtime educator and Outing Club leader, Phil Goepel ’66, with inspiring his love for the great outdoors. Happy trails, Mike, and keep up the great work!
Since graduating from Bridgton Academy and studying sports management at UMass, Terry went on to become an accomplished NFL scout, and, as a scout for the Ravens, earned a Super Bowl XXXV ring. Terry is currently the Vice President of Player Personnel for the Arizona Cardinals. Way to go, Terry!
After returning to his role as Assistant Football Coach at Bridgton Academy this past year, Matt continues to share his love of the game – and his Academy – with young aspiring football players both near and far. In May, Matt travelled to China as one of USA Football’s “Heads-up Master Trainers”. As a Master Trainer, Matt helps promote Heads-up Football’s safety initiative which covers proper tackling and blocking techniques, equipment fitting, heat and hydration safety, concussion symptoms, and cardiac arrest awareness. These lessons will help build a foundation for coaches to work off of as American football programs continue to strengthen in China, and beyond. Well done, Matt!
Mark is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of THE PROCESS, INC. – a football recruiting organization which specializes in helping student-athletes, parents, mentors, and high school coaches in understanding the football recruitment process.
We are excited to announce that ’88 alumnus and Maine Connections Academy (MCA) Principal, Karl Francis, has been nominated for National Life Group’s “LifeChanger of the Year” award! The “Life Changer of theYear” is an annual program that recognizes and rewards K-12 educators and school employees from around the country and honors those who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership. This year, nearly 250 educators across the country were nominated for this honor. Karl received his nomination from the teachers and governing board of Maine Connections Academy. Karl lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine with his wife and children. We congratulate Karl for this fantastic honor and wish him continued success in his role at The Maine Connections Academy.
We hear that Jason McCarthy went on earn his master’s degree, and is currently a teacher in Pennsylvania. Recent classes he has taken seem to indicate that he is pursuing an eventual career as a principal. Good luck, Jason!
Former Bridgton Academy Director of Athletics, Joe Sawicki, caught up with Derek this past February when the Boston Bruins took on the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul. Derek has just wrapped up his tenth season with the Bruins as the team’s Assistant Athletic Trainer and Massage Therapist.
After coaching football at Saint Anselm College for the past eight years, we are excited for Rob as he begins a new adventure at nearby Bowdoin College, where he will serve as an Assistant Football Coach for the Polar Bears. In 2014, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston named Rob the “Division II Assistant Coach of the Year”. Good luck in your newest role, Rob!
In a global competition against ten of the world’s top personal trainers, Gregory Johnson came out on top and was named the “Life Fitness 2015 Personal Trainer to Watch”. Sponsored by Life Fitness, this annual event is now in its fifth year. In this most recent competition, nearly 1,000 nominations were received from forty-nine countries and territories. Gregory is the owner of Varimax Fitness, and lead trainer of FitGolf in Sacramento, California. After his graduation from Bridgton, he went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Fitness and Rehabilitation from Plymouth State, followed by his Master’s Degree in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from the University of Pennsylvania. Along with these many accomplishments, Gregory is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. You have much to be proud of, Gregory – congratulations!
Matt recently shared with us that he and his wife, Becky, are the proud parents two sons: Brendan (4), and Colin (2). Best wishes to you and your growing family, Matt!
A hearty congratulations goes out to Mitch McGuffie, who earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government! Exceptionally well done, Mitch!
Welcome to the world, baby Klausner! We are excited to announce that David, and his wife, Christina, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Jamie, earlier this spring. Best wishes for your growing family, David!
Andrew is now the Senior Vice President of CBRE Group, Inc.’s retail services team. In his new position, Andrew will act as Tenant Representative, and collaborate with teams across all of the CBRE regions. Prior to assuming this position, Andrew was the Director of Leasing at Tribeca Holdings in the United Kingdom. Way to go, Andrew!
Richie reports that he is doing well! He currently lives in Lynn, Massachusetts and is pursuing a degree in radiological technology. Best of luck, Richie!
We were excited to hear from legendary Bridgton Academy instructor, Peter Gately, that he ran into ’01 alumnus, Dave Coffe, this past fall at a “Ski Swap” in nearby Brunswick, Maine. Dave was there with his girlfriend, Grace, and reports that he is doing well. We’re glad you and Mr. Gately ran into each other, Dave – don’t be a stranger!
In an article published in The Boston Globe earlier this year, Adam is credited with putting Hobart College “on the map” in the world of college hockey. As a member of Hobart’s hockey team over ten years ago, Adam gained recognition as the first men’s hockey player to earn All-American honors at the school. Adam is currently vice president at Lavelle Machine, a family machine shop which specializes in the manufacturing of medical components. He and his wife, Tracey, have three daughters: Delaney (8), Emerson (5), and Charlotte (3).
Jon continues to make strides as he pursues his goal of becoming a college-level hockey coach! Currently, he serves as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Walpole Express, a hockey program designed to develop Junior, Midget, youth, and girls hockey players. Keep up the good work, Jon!
We hear that Dave currently serves as the Director of Smith Hanley Associates, LLC in New York City; a specialized recruitment company which focuses on placing candidates with companies in, among others, the pharmaceutical, data science, actuarial analytics, consumer and commercial credit, and information technology fields. Well done, David!
We were happy to see Justin back in North Bridgton earlier this year as he and his fiancée, Greta, stopped by to say “hello” and check out Justin’s old stomping grounds “on the hill”. Justin currently works in a supervisory role for Aspire (American Express), where he has been employed for nine years. He and Greta will be celebrating their wedding this September. Best wishes, Justin, for many years of happiness!
Chris is now in his second season with Swarthmore College’s lacrosse team. In his current role, Chris coaches midfielders, runs the offense and extra man offense, and also plays a major role in the college’s recruitment efforts. Chris graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) in 2008 with degrees in Sociology and Anthropology. While at OWU, Chris was an All-American selection in 2006, 2007, and 2008, and earned recognition as “Player of the Year” in the North Coast Conference twice. Prior to assuming his duties at Swarthmore, Chris worked as an operations supervisor in the medical device field. He also coached lacrosse at Monsignor Bonner High School, and worked with younger athletes in Lower Gwynedd and Havertown, Pennsylvania. Keep up the great work,Chris!
Andy has just completed his second season as the Defensive Coordinator for the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) football team. Prior to joining the team at MMA, Andy could be found at Springfield College, where he worked for three seasons as a coach for all four league selections. He is credited with helping to reshape Springfield College’s defensive system. After Bridgton, Andy went on to study at Springfield College; graduating in 2009 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He later went on to earn his Master of Education in Student PersonnelAdministration. Well done, Andy!
We were happy to hear from Patrick, who reports that he married in 2014! He and his wife, Caroline, live in Rochester, New York, where Patrick works in manufacturing. In his current role, he engineers packaging machinery and line automation solutions to a number of industries in the eastern United States; many of which are food-related. Congratulations, Patrick, and best wishes.
While we do not know the specifics, we hear that Colin is now a member of the U.S. Special Forces. Be safe out there, Colin, and thank you for your service to our country!
Tully reached out to us earlier this year to report that he has landed a part in an upcoming film (though he requests that said film title remain shrouded in mystery)! Tully is currently an actor living in Chicago. Previous credits include roles in Chicago Rot and Café Kremlin. Way to go, Tully!
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We learned that A.J. is currently working at the Landover, Maryland location of “2U”, a company which focuses on online education. A.J. also serves as a lacrosse coach and referee. He and his wife, Stephanie, recently purchased their first home. Congratulations, A.J., and best wishes for the many exciting moments that await you!
Matt Gallery continues to work toward his goals – and his ambition is contagious! After Bridgton, Matt went on to study at the University of Chicago, where he was a starting center for the Maroon football team. As an athlete, Matt achieved Honorable Mention All-UAA status twice, and was a member of the 2010 football squad that won the UAA championship that year with an overall 8-2 record. Matt was also a three-time UAA All-Academic honoree. Matt went on to earn his degree in public policy and graduated with general honors from the University of Chicago. After working for a growing Fortune 500 company, Matt decided to actively pursue a law degree. Prior to starting law school in fall 2017, Matt will be returning to Bridgton Academy as a member of our internship program. We are excited to welcome Matt back “home”, and look forward to watching him keep working toward his goals!
Upon his graduation from Bridgton, Nick went on to study at the Carnegie Mellon Institute, where he studied applied mathematics and later held an internship with NASA using databases and telescopes in an effort to locate twin blackholes rotating around each other. Nick has now wrapped up his second year at the University of Maryland, where he is working toward the completion of his PhD in Computer Science – a field whose dynamic and challenging research he finds truly interesting. He currently has a teaching and research fellowship in the Computer Science Department. Last summer, Nick performed research at Comcast in Washington, D.C. Congratulations on your varied and impressive accomplishments so far, Nick – we can’t wait to hear about the many successes which surely await you!
Congratulations to Christopher, who graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington last year! Christopher is currently preparing for his entrance exams as he looks to take his next steps toward becoming a physical therapist. Way to go, Chris!
After tearing his ACL during his junior year at Springfield College, Josh was able to receive a medical redshirt, which allowed him to play a fifth season this past year at Springfield, despite having graduated the previous May with a degree in exercise science. A two-time captain for the Springfield Pride basketball team, Josh helped lead his team into their third straight appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament. Josh is currently working towards the completion of an accelerated one-year program, after which he will have earned his Master’s Degree in business administration. Congratulations, Josh!
Congratulations to Dario, who founded Salt Lake Models, LLC in October 2015. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dario’s business provides editorial photo shoots and model agency services to aspiring models who may otherwise be unable to pursue their passion given life’s obligations. We wish Dario the best of luck as he continues to grow his business!
After studying and competing for two years at Keene State, Drew transferred to Suffolk University, where he has made a name for himself as both a scholar and a star athlete with the Rams. An honor roll student in the classroom, Drew is considered one of the most feared hitters in the Grand Northeast Atlantic Conference (GNAC). At the time of this update, Drew boasted a .409 batting average, and a .561 slugging percentage – statistics that have helped him guide Rams baseball to a league-best record during this final season of his collegiate baseball career. Congratulations, Drew, and good luck!
A senior at Stonehill College this past year, Patrick continued to prove himself as a force to be reckoned with on the ice. In February, he was named the Northeast-10 Conference’s “Goaltender of the Week” for his efforts in helping his team secure a number of wins earlier in the season. Well done, Patrick!
A senior this past year at Franklin Pierce University, Brendan continued his reputation as a stand-out forward on the university’s men’s ice hockey team; leading his team in scoring earlier this year. Brendan plays hockey at Franklin Pierce University with fellow Bridgton ’12 alumnus, Michael Marchionda.
Bridgton’s Chief Enrollment and Advancement Officer, Chris Webb, had the chance to catch up with Matt this past spring down at Marist College. After graduating cum laude, Matt, an accounting major, has also found a niche as a writer, with his work published regularly on the college’s blog, maristmediahub.com/. Matt will be returning to Marist in the fall, whereupon he will begin working toward his graduate degree. With one year of eligibility left, due to an injury last season, Matt will also rejoin Marist’s baseball team when he returns to campus. Well done, Matt, and good luck in your continued studies!
It was great to see Matt Stebbins, who dropped in for a visit earlier in the year! Matt, who graduated this spring from Xavier University, earned his degree in Sports Management, with a minor in business. While at Xavier, he served as manager of the school’s basketball team; a team which made a strong NCAA push this past season. He reports that the NCAA tournament experience was “pretty amazing”! Matt is currently the Operations Manager and Brand Builder for the Worcester Bravehearts baseball team.Congratulations, Matt, and best wishes in your new role!
We are excited to report that Jarrod, who has now wrapped up his junior year at Assumption College, was recognized on the 2015 Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region One Teams, as selected by the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Region Committee. Jarrod was named to the Third Team. In 2015, Jarrod served as his team’s captain, and is a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, as well as a CCA Second Team All-Region selection. Jarrod was also the Worcester Area First Team All-Star, and is a member of the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team. He finished the season with 130 tackles – a team-leading achievement – which also included a 70 solo stops – a league-best. Finally, Jarrod had a pair of interceptions: one during the Northeast-10 Championship Game; the second during the NCAA Tournament First Round contest.
Fresh off of his junior year at Endicott College, we hear that Will is doing great! Along with pursuing a Studio Art major, Will is also considered a key player for the Gulls’ lacrosse team. This year alone, Will was named to the All-CCC First Team, ECAC Division II All-New England second team, and the NEILA All-New England honorable mention. Best of luck for continued success, Will!
We’re happy to hear that not only is Mike doing well, but he is continuing to work toward reaching his goal of becoming a ship’s captain! We learned that Mike has begun taking classes to earn his Captain’s license. Good luck, Mike!
During the summer of 2015, Travis Bobb signed with the Vancouver Rangers (Washington State) as a forward after previously playing for the Syracuse Stampede Junior Hockey Club. With the Rangers – a Tier II Junior A Hockey Club – Travis is able to compete once again with fellow ’14 alumnus, Spence Cowand ’14; one of hisVancouver teammates. Travis reports that he is looking forward to attending college in fall 2016, and we are eager to hear about the many successes sure to follow! Keep up the good work, Travis! Check out the bottom of the page for a video from Travis and Spence Cowand (below)!
After serving as the Vancouver Rangers’ first captain in the team’s history, we have recently learned that Spence has committed to Framingham State University, where he will play NCAA DIII hockey during the upcoming season. Spence leaves behind a victorious legacy with the Rangers; including a total of 64 points in 51 games during the most recent 2015-16 season.Way to go, Spence, and best of luck at Framingham State University this fall! Look at the bottom of the page for a video of Spencer and Travis Bobb!
Tanner continues to make his mark in college hoops! Fresh off of his sophomore year as a guard with the Le Moyne College Dolphins basketball team, Tanner helped to take his team to the first round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship this past season. Congratulations, Tanner! We look forward to hearing more updates come next season!
Congratulations are in order for Troy Pelletier (Lehigh University), who was selected as a wide-receiver on the first-team offense for the 2015 Football All-Patriot League Team. Keep up the great work, Troy!
For those of you who follow the Northeast-10 Conference sports news, you have likely already read about J.T.’s continued success both and off the field. A left fielder for the Le Moyne Dolphins, J.T. continues to prove himself as an invaluable player. Keep up the great work, J.T!
Ryan continues to make his mark at Southern New Hampshire University, where he is pursuing a communications degree. About to enter his junior year, Ryan has already been a two-time Northeast 10 Rookie of the Week, and has also been named a NE-10 Goaltender of the Week. Collegiate athletic career highlights include stopping 39-42 shots from nationally-ranked Oswego State. Great job, Ryan, and keep up the good work!
Bridgton alumnus, Prince Unaegbu, took time out from his game against Merrimack College to snap a pic with Academy Headmaster, Grady Vigneau.Prince, a tight end for the Pace University football team, is currently studying business at the Lubin School of Business. Great to see you in action, Prince, and keep up the good work!
We hear that Jamir is doing well and enjoying Bridgewater State University, where he is a student-athlete on the basketball team. Keep up the great work, Jamir!
We congratulate all of our Bridgton Academy alumni who graduated from college this spring, and send our best wishes to each of them as they embark on this newest adventure! Good luck, gentlemen!
Headmaster Grady Vigneau had the opportunity to watch a roster of Bridgton alumni on the gridiron this past fall as Pace University took on Merrimack College.Along with Prince Unaegbu ’14,Bridgton Academy is represented on Pace University’s football program by: Michael English ’14, Stephen Main ’14, Jhalen Bien-Amie ’14, and former Bridgton Head Football Coach, Chad Walker, who currently serves as Pace’s Offensive Coordinator. On Merrimack’s team, Dan Cardillo ’14, and Stephen Cronan ’12 help keep the Wolverine spirit alive!
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Bridgton Academy Trustee Emeritus and former Academy (position), Kevin Hancock, was honored last fall with Habitat for Humanity’s “Charlie and Leisa Crane Spirit of Humanity Award” for his extraordinary commitment and leadership in helping to promote and advance Habitat for Humanity’s mission in the greater Portland, Maine area. Well done, Kevin!
We would like to thank all of our active and retired military alumni and their families for their service and sacrifice to our country. If you or a Bridgton alumnus you know is currently serving our country, or has previously served our country, please inform the Office of Alumni and Development.
We are saddened to report the passing of the following Bridgton Academy alumni and friends:
John Allen ’64, Arlene Bean ’43, Joan Besse,Warren Collins ’70, Marguerite Dale ’47, Richard Lynch ’56, Evelyn Maxfield ’52, Kathleen McAllison, Patrick McCarthy ’51, Arthur Millet ’47, Patricia Qualey ’56, Laura Richardson ’47, Mary Rust ’49, Gordon Weeks (employee, retired), and Bill White (employee, retired).