BANGOR, Maine - The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame has inducted the 2017 class. Current Head Women's Basketball Coach, Mary "Kissy" Walker, Robert "Bob" C. Cimbollek '59 and Richard "Dick" L. Giroux '70 were part of the class. They were three of 27 inductees inducted Sunday.
Walker came to Husson in 1988-89 as an assistant coach under her best friend and college teammate Lauree Gott. During that one season, the Braves accumulated 26 wins to only 2 losses, while earning the program's first NAIA District 5 Championship, however the Braves fell one game short of reaching the program's first trip to the NAIA National Championship tournament to St. Thomas Aquinas, 65-63, in the NAIA Bi-District Championship. Gott went on to coach at Northeastern University, and Walker was appointed as the program's 13th head coach prior to the 1989-90 campaign. She has gone on to lead the Eagles for 25 seasons since then and has posted an impressive record of 446-241, entering the 2016-17 campaign.
She has led Husson to three NAIA National Tournament appearances, four NCAA National Tournament appearances, including one historical and exciting trip to the NAIA National Tournament Fabulous Four in 1993. Her Husson teams have won a combined eight conference championships, two Western Maine Athletic Conference Championships (WMAC) in 1992, and 1993, three Maine Athletic Conference (MAC) Championships in 1995, 1996, and 1999 and three North Atlantic Conference Championships (NAC) in 2010, 2011 and 2016. She has been selected Coach of the Year 12 times, two NAIA District 5 Coach of the Years in 1991, and 1992, one WMAC Coach of the Year in 1992, one MAC Coach of the Year in 2000, five NAC Coach of the Years in 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2016, and three Maine Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW) Coach of the Years in 1992, 1993 and 1995.
Her players have earned 16 All-Americans, eight MAIAW All-State, six NAIA All-District, 11 MWBCA first or second team, three MWBCA rookie team, 40 All-Conference, 16 post season Tournament team, 21 NAC All-Academic Team, and two NEWBA Senior All-Star Game selections, one MWBCA Rookie of the Year, one MWBCA Player of the Year, seven Conference Player of the Years, four Conference Rookie of the Years, three NAC All-Tournament MVPs, one NEWBA All-Region player, one d3hoops.com All-East Region player and has had 14 players and one team elected into the Husson Sports Hall of Fame.
Cimbollek was a three-year letter winner from 1956-58 as a forward on the Husson men's basketball team. He is known as the first 1000 point scorer in Husson men's basketball history and was considered by his Husson Sports Hall of Fame Head Coach Del Merrill as the pioneer and leader of developing Husson into a winning small college program.
Cimbollek at the end of his playing career, despite only playing in 42 career games, held eleven career records; points (1152), scoring average (27.4), field goals made (402), field goals attempted (746), field goal percentage (.539), free throws made (348), free throws attempted (458), free throw percentage (.760), rebounds average (14.0), assists (334) and assist average (8.0). He held nine single-season records; points (507 in 1956), scoring average (29.8 in 1956), field goals made (177 in 1955), field goal percentage (.578 in 1956), free throws made (173 in 1956), free throws attempts (220), rebounding average (14.4 in 1955), assists (150 in 1955), and assists average (8.0 in 1955). Cimbollek held five single-game records; points with 47 at home vs. Maine Central Institute on Dec. 14, 1957, field goals made with 15 at home vs. Maine Central Institute on Dec. 14, 1957 and at home vs. Maine Maritime on Dec. 4, 1957, field goals attempts with 28 at home vs. Maine Central institute on Dec. 14, 1957, free throws made with 17 vs. Aroostook State (UMPI) on Feb. 23, 1957 and at home vs. Maine Central Institute on Dec. 14, 1957, and free throws attempts with 18 at home vs. Farmington State (UMF) on Jan. 16, 1957.
To this day, Cimbollek still holds the single-season record for most free throws made and still is the career leader in assists average. He ranks among the career all-time leaders in points (32nd), scoring average (2nd), field goal percentage (20th), free throws made (6th), free throws attempted (6th), rebounding average (3rd), and assists (11th).
Cimbollek helped guide the Braves to two Northeast College Conference (NCC) Championships in 1956 and 1957, one State of Maine Small College Championship in 1956 and a runner-up finish in 1957.
Cimbollek was a two-time All-NCC selection and was named the NCC Player of Year in 1956 while serving twice as team captain in 1956 and 1957. He was inducted into the Husson Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
A native of Bangor, Maine, Cimbollek attended Bangor High School.
Giroux was a four-year letter winner from 1967-70 as a forward on the Husson men's basketball team, playing for both legendary Hall of Fame head coaches, Del Merrill and Bruce MacGregor.
He was the fifth player to reach the 1,000 point club and the first to score fifteen hundred points in program history.
Giroux tallied 1,510 points and 964 rebounds in 86 career games played, averaging 17.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 49.1 percent from the floor and 67.4 from the charity line.
At the end of his playing career, Giroux ranked first all-time in career field goals made (633), second in games played, points, field goals attempted (1288), and rebounds, fourth in field goal percentage, free throws made (244), free throws attempted (362), fifth in scoring average, sixth in rebounding average, and tenth in free throw percentage. He held three single-season records; points (531 in 1969), field goals made (224 in 1969) and games played (25 in 1970), while recording the second most field goals attempts in 1970 with 419.
To this day, Giroux remains ranked among the career leaders in rebounds (4th), field goals made (9th), field goals attempted (9th), rebounding average (11th), scoring average (12th), points (15th), free throws attempted (17th) and free throws made (20th).
The two-time Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association (MMBCWA) selection helped guide the Braves to a 65-24 overall record and their first ever NAIA postseason berth in 1970.
He was inducted into the Husson Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
A native of Lewiston, Maine, Giroux attended Lewiston High School.
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