Larry Mahaney graduated from Fort Fairfield High School in 1947 and the University of Maine, B.S. Economics, 1951, University of Maine, M, Ed., 1955.
Larry was the varsity basketball coach at Brewer High School from 1956 to 1962 and the varsity football coach from 1957 to 1961. He was well known for his ability to coach and lead young men at Brewer High. He led the Witches into three championship basketball games, winning a regional championship in 1959-1960. The 1959-1960 team featured fellow BHS HOF inductees, Danny Coombs and David Farley. Larry led the Witches to a state championship in football, compiling a record of 7-0-1 with 6 of those wins coming as shutouts in 1957, and compiling the first of two straight undefeated seasons- 23 straight victories carrying over into 1959.
The Mahaney stamp could also be seen on several of his former players who became successful coaches in the high school and college ranks. These individuals included Ron Rogerson, head football coach at Maine and Princeton. Jerry Perkins who was a head football and wrestling coach at Rumford and Mountain Valley High Schools. Don Harnum, who served as basketball coach and athletic director of Susquehanna University and the University of Delaware. Alton “Bump” Hadley, who was the head football coach of Brewer High School, as well as principal, and a Superintendant of Schools. And lastly, Norris Nickerson who was a coach and former Principal at Bangor High School.
After coaching at Brewer High School, Larry became President of Webber Energy Fuels and the Erin Company. He was a major contributor in upgrading the University of Maine Baseball facilities, specifically the baseball field, as well as, the building of the Mahaney Clubhouse. The field was named Mahaney Diamond. Larry passed away in 2006. Larry’s son, Kevin, has continued the “Mahaney Tradition” by contributing to the baseball program and for the Mahaney Dome, an air supported dome for various sports and activities on campus.
There is also a baseball field named after Larry at St Joseph’s College in Standish. Larry joined his brother, Keith (1994), in the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. Fellow BHS Hall of Fame Inductee Danny Coombs was also inducted with Larry in 1997.
“Although the bottom line is the main objective of most companies, I sincerely believe we also have a social responsibility and commitment to invest in other projects. Investing in education, teachers, and the future of our young people offers a great return.” -Coach Larry Mahaney