|Year of Graduation:||1989|
Shawn Bolden graduated from Husson in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration. He was captain of the 1989 Men’s Basketball Team who some say was one of the best ever. That team finished their season ranked #4 in the country. Bolden finished his career as the 7th all-time leading rebounder with 777 boards. He was 4th all time in rebounding average and 5th all time in career field goal percentage and scored 931 points.
Bolden played 3 years with the team from 1986-89 and was the captain of the 89 Men’s team. He played a total of 85 games in his career with the team finishing 12th all time in rebounds with 788 total rebounds. His first year, Bolden played in 20 games. He shot 59.1% from the field and tallying 225 points. In that year he average 11.3 points per game with 8.9 rebounds per game. The team finished with a record of 21-9, the team went on to the NAIA district 5 semi final game losing to Castleton University.
His second year, Bolden played in all 29 games for the Braves, he scored 336 points and shot a 53.7% from the field. His rebounding average per game went up to 9.9 and he finished the season with 42 steals. The team finished the season with a 20-9 record and went on to the NAIA District 5 quarterfinal game where they lost to University of Maine-Machias.
In his final season, Bolden played in 36 of 38 games. He averaged 10.4 points per game but scored a total of 374 points. He also grabbed 322 rebounds which ranks 14th all time in a single season. The team went on to finish the season with a 35-3 record and went on to play in the NAIA National Tournament losing in the first round to St. Ambrose. The 1989 team is viewed to be one of the best teams in the history of Husson Men’s Basketball.
Current Eagles Head Coach Warren Caruso on Bolden: “Shawn and I played three years together and he was one of my closest friends on the team. During his senior year in 1989, he was captain and starter for one of the greatest teams the State of Maine has ever seen. Shawn was a friend to everyone and is one of the finest leaders the program has ever seen.”
Shawn is a sergeant with the Bloomfield Police Department, and lives in Windsor, Connecticut, with his wife Tammy and their sons Jarad and Broox.