Open house for former Windjammer coach Heald Oct. 18All welcome to celebrate Heald's induction into Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame
Camden — There will be an open house in honor of former Camden-Rockport High School boys varsity basketball coach Gary Heal on Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Camden American Legion on 91 Pearl St.
The open house will honor a man who will be inducted into the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame the following night, on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Rockland Elks Lodge on Rankin Street.
Heald is best known for guiding the Windjammers to back-to-back unbeaten Western Class B championship seasons in 1973 and 1974, with C-RHS losing to Orono in the 1973 state final and beating Orono in the 1974 state championship.
Tom Hibbert, a 1,000-point career scorer during his playing days with the Windjammers (he was a member of both the 1973 and 1974 teams), is the organizer of the open house.
Hibbert said Heald was a respected member of "our community as a coach and a teacher in the C-RHS school system from 1967-1974."
Hibbert said he hopes as many of Heald's former C-RHS basketball players, students, fellow teachers and coaches, along with community friends, are able to stop by the legion hall on Oct. 18 to "say congratulations and thank you to Gary."
For more information on the open house, call Hibbert at 207-841-3642.
The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame will induct its five newest members during the sixth annual ceremony and banquet on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Rockland Elks Lodge. Dinner will be at 6 p.m.
The 2013 inductees include Heald, Jill Young (Booth), Deane Deshon, Ricky Jones and Tracie Littlefield (Martin).
Tickets for the ceremony and banquet are $25 each and available by calling Hall of Fame President Helen Plourd at 466-1888 or Treasurer Dave Ames at 789-5118.
Heald graduated from Waldoboro High School where he played varsity baseball and basketball, as well as ran cross country and, after serving in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of Southern Maine where he played baseball and basketball. After two years of coaching at Potter Academy in Sebago, Heald was hired as a teacher and coach at Camden-Rockport High School, where he made his name as the Windjammer boys basketball coach. During his seven-year run from 1967-1974, Heald’s teams had a record of 104-19, qualified for the Western Class B tournament all seven seasons, won the 1973 and 1974 Western Maine titles (unbeaten both years up until the state final) and the 1974 state Class B gold ball with a 56-48 win over Orono. During his time at CRHS, Heald’s teams were 14-6 in tournament play. After winning the 1974 state title, Heald moved north of the border and coached college basketball at the University of Prince Edward Island and St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, where he won more than 200 games, leading St. Mary’s to the Canadian Final Four five times and a No. 1 national ranking before he retired from coaching in 1985.