Former US Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen ’62, H’75 to be Inducted into Maine Sports Hall of Fame (Sun Journal)

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and 1962 All-State basketball player William S. Cohen '62, H'75 shoots hoops in Sargent Gym.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and 1962 All-State basketball player William S. Cohen '62, H'75 shoots hoops in Sargent Gym while on campus for his 50th Reunion in June 2012..

Former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen ’62, H’75 is among 10 new members to be inducted by the Maine Sports Hall of Fame when it holds its 38th annual banquet May 5 at the Augusta Civic Center. Cohen was a three-year starter for the Bowdoin basketball team, co-captaining during his senior season and leading the team in scoring his last two years. In 1962, he was recognized as All-State selection. In 2000, he was awarded the NCAA’s highest honor — the Theodore Roosevelt Award — presented annually to a distinguished citizen who is a former student-athlete exemplifying the ideals and purposes of college athletics.

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  1. !n the summer of 1972, Bill was serving as Mayor of Bangor and had just begun his first campaign for the second district Congressional seat. He walked across the state that summer and I served as his advance man. One night following a long and exhausting day of 20+ mile walking, he was asked to join in a pick up basketball game with several younger men. We started playing and found our side losing pretty badly. That was when Bill, feet bleeding from weeks of daily walking, said to me that “No way are these kids going to beat us!” and, sure enough, he put his game into overdrive and astonished the kids with a virtuoso display of raw talent and fierce competitiveness.With soaring three point jump shots ( his signature in college ) and quick, athletic moves under the basket, he overcame a big deficit and we won the game. It was a moment I will never forget because it demonstrated Bill’s amazing drive and determination.

  2. Art McDonald says:

    Cohen never made a 3 point shot in college. The three point shot was not introduced to college ball until the 1980’s. He might have been a bleeding hero that day, but this description is, at least, slightly exaggerated.

  3. Mike Coster '57 says:

    A great Bowdoin Grad—A great citizen of Maine and a great American.
    Mike Coster—’57

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  1. [...] Sports medicine specialist and former Bowdoin hockey team captain Dr. Douglas W. Brown ’68 is among a select group of people to be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame May 5, 2013, at its 38th annual award banquet at the Augusta Civic Center. Brown served as a medical consultant to U.S. national soccer teams and was head physician for the U.S. women’s national team from 1994 to 2000. Also to be inducted is former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen ’62, H’75. [...]

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