Jim Bessey starred in basketball and football at Williams High School, a native of Oakland, Maine, then played basketball at what is now the University of Maine at Farmington. In 38 years as a varsity high school coach, Bessey compiled a record of 479-293 — a 421-267 mark in 34 seasons at Mt. Blue and a 58-26 record in four at Madison.The multi-time Coach of the Year now serves as an assistant coach at UMF.
Coach Bessey said, " I'm humbled and grateful for the honor. I would say its a tribute to the many players I have coached over the years"
The Induction Ceremony will be Aug. 19.