Class of 2017-18

Paul Bamford
With an inherent love for soccer and being captain of the Oyster River State Championship teams of 1969 and 1970, Paul graduated from the UNH’s Whittemore School of Business in 1975. He worked for a short time in the UNH administration before accepting a sales position with Liberty Mutual, building a 35 year career, becoming the Resident Manager in the Exeter, NH office, retiring in March, 2011. In addition to being a high school/collegiate soccer official for fifteen years, he was Chairman of the Stratham soccer and basketball programs from 1986-1996, leading to his meeting Paul Willis, the start of a long and fulfilling relationship with Seacoast United.  His son Michael, now COO of a New York marketing firm, played for both Rick and Paul during his three year involvement with the Club, traveling to Iceland, Wales, and England in 1999.  Paul was Vice President of the Club during the genesis of the Hampton Indoor Facility, assisting with insurance and sponsorship issues, continuing his involvement until his retirement.  He is presently the varsity golf and assistant basketball coach at Oyster River. Just a few of Paul’s lifetime achievements are he was Chairman of the UNH Fund in 2011, and raised $3.1 million. He was United Way Office Chair, Liberty Mutual 1996-2011. He is the current Present Chair, Exeter Hospital Center for Cancer Care, $2 million Capital Fund Initiative, past Co-Chair UNH Alumni Golf Tournament 2004-2015 UNH Alumni Meritorious Service Award Recipient, 2008 UNH Profile of Service Award Recipient 2011 and Co-Founder, Friends of UNH Basketball. 

Marian Connelly
Marian grew up in Ogunquit, Maine and played high school field hockey in high school. She graduated from UNH with a degree in Occupational Therapy and earned her Master’s Degree in School Psychology from Fort Hays State University. She is currently employed with Exeter Hospital Pediatric Rehab Center.  Marian now lives in Greenland, NH, and has been there for 36 years with her husband Mark. She has 3 grown children; Maureen, Steven, and Carolyn and 4 grandchildren; Grace, Chloe, Dominic and Deacon.   

Marian was Regional Administrative Director of US Field Hockey Association Futures Program from 1999-2010 and has coached junior high and high school level field hockey players for several years. Marian is one of Seacoast United Field Hockey’s founding club organizers. She was instrumental in establishing the first Seacoast Field Hockey club team in 1999 and sent them to National Indoor Field Hockey Tournament in Pennsylvania. She was active in all club decisions regarding club standards, membership, travel arrangements, registering all teams in local and national tournaments, as well as researching new tournament responsibilities through 2011.

Nate Hardy
As early as the sixth grade, Nate Hardy wrote a paper about becoming a Navy SEAL. His years with Seacoast United on the very first teams (1993-95) helped him develop the fierce competitiveness and team-first mentality that would later serve him so well as a SEAL. Nate’s 1995 Seacoast team was also the first to travel abroad, to Newcastle, England. He traveled the world during his eight years and four deployments with the SEAL teams, including his last six months with the elite Naval Special Warfare Development Group (AKA SEAL Team 6). He was killed in action against an al- Qaeda suicide bomb cell on 4 February 2008, leaving his wife Mindi, his son Parker, his mother Donna, father Steve, and brother Ben (who also played on the first SUSC teams). He was predeceased by his oldest brother Josh. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Nate’s military honors included two Bronze Stars (with V for valor), a Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and numerous other medals. He talked little about his SEAL deployments. He kept his first Bronze Star in a locker at his base, and dismissively told his father: “Dad, I don’t do this for the medals. I do it for my country and the guys next to me.”

Chris LaBerge
Chris is from Manchester, NH where he graduated from Manchester Central High School. Chris played college soccer at Franklin Pierce University where he was a two time captain and All-Conference defender.  Chris has coached with SUSC from the very beginning as an assistant coach with Paul Willis for the very first team 25 years ago. He has coached all ages in the club but primarily boys U13-U16. However, most recently, he is coaching high school age girls for the club. Chris is in his 20th season as varsity boys’ soccer coach at Manchester Central High School with a 252-64-14 record with the program. 

Chris lives in Manchester with his wife of 24 years, Kirsten, and his three children, Keegan, Kyra, and Paige. He is the president and founder of Safepassage Group and is heavily involved with the at risk youth of Manchester, NH as well as being involved with several charities that work with children. 

Peter Michel
Pete was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1939. During his younger years, he enjoyed going to watch the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. This was the beginning of his love for baseball. In 1950 his family moved to Massapequa Park on Long Island, New York. Here he attended the Massapequa schools where he played high school baseball and basketball. During the summers he played Little League and Babe Ruth League Baseball. 
After graduating in June 1956, Pete attended SUNY at Cortland, majoring in physical education and playing baseball. Pete returned to Massapequa in 1960 becoming a physical education teacher and high school baseball coach for thirteen years. In 1973 he and his family moved to Barrington, RI where he became the athletic director of Barrington High School. During the summers he coached American Legion Baseball. His move to New England eventually brought him to Durham, NH. While working on his Master’s Degree in counseling, he became the assistant baseball coach at UNH. Again during the summers he coached Senior Babe Ruth and American Legion Baseball. When UNH baseball terminated their program in 1997, Pete formed the UNH club team in the spring of 2000. At the same time he formed the New England Club Baseball Association, NECBA, starting with five teams. Presently the association has four divisions involving sixteen teams. Pete coached the club for seven years retiring in the year 2007. After retiring, Pete continued to keep himself involved in youth programs and has been volunteering his services for Seacoast United Baseball for the last six years. When not on the baseball field, Peter enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with his wife, Ruth, his four daughters, and 12 grandchildren. He is honored to be inducted in Seacoast United Hall of Fame.

Brinton Shone
Shortly after graduating from the University of Maine Orono, Brint joined Paul Willis in the very early Seacoast United days.  Over the course of the next 9 years Brint worked with SUSC as well as many other soccer organizations throughout NH and New England, including both the Men’s and Women's UNH teams, NH ODP, Region 1 Staff and many surrounding HS and youth programs.  After leaving SUSC in the fall of 2003, Brint joined Chinburg Builders where he spent two years working within their construction management team.  In 2006 Brint transitioned within the company, becoming the Director of Operations for Chinburg Property Management, currently managing over 1.5 million square feet of residential and commercial property under the Chinburg umbrella. Brint remains passionate about developing soccer in the area, working with Portsmouth City Soccer Club as well as co directing Fusion Soccer Academy with former SUSC alum, Caleb Paterson. Brint lives in Portsmouth with his wife, Tatjiana and two children, Marina and Masi and enjoys boating, fishing, hiking, snorkeling, surfing and camping.