Michael J. Retelle
Professor of Geology Mike Retelle maintains steadfast commitment to athletics
When the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society was founded four years ago, in addition to the graduating seniors and alumni who would be honored with membership in the Society, the Society decided to induct each year a coach or a faculty member who had shown sustained interest and support for athletic teams and accomplishment. In the past three years, Bob Hatch, Professor Emeritus of Physical Education, the late Dick Williamson, Professor of French, and George Wigton, Professor Emeritus of Physical Education, have been honored. We are pleased this year to welcome to the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society Michael J. Retelle, Professor of Geology.
Mike, originally from Lawrence, Mass., did his undergraduate studies at Salem State College prior to working as a field geologist on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in 1976. He did his graduate work in geosciences at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, earning an M.S. in 1979 and a Ph.D. in 1985. His primary research interests are in glacial and post-glacial environments on lakes in Maine,New Hampshire, and in the Canadian arctic. He is also part of an interdisciplinary geo-archaeology project in the Shetland Islands north of Scotland, studying settlement disturbance in the Little Ice Age. Most recently, he has participated in a National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates, studying modern glacial processes and climate change in the Norwegian arctic.
Mike has been at Bates for 20 years and has served on the Committee on Athletics and on the Physical Education Personnel Committee. He is currently the Bates Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA, and formerly was the faculty advisor for the men’s and women’s ice hockey club teams. In these roles, he has been consistently supportive of coaches when they had needs, and recently organized the memorial day of hockey with receptions to celebrate the lives and contributions of the late Dick Williamson and Dick LaFrance. A loyal and effective supporter of area youth sports, Mike also has been the head coach for the Monmouth High School golf team, head ice hockey coach for Lisbon High School, and since 2003 the assistant ice hockey coach atKents Hill School. Additionally, he has served as a senior counselor for the USA Hockey Festival program in Burlington, Vt., a coach for the Team Maine Selects, and a frequent presenter at numerous hockey schools and clinics.
For his thoughtful, energetic and long-time dedication to the Bates athletic program, to the NCAA, and for his long-term service to all of the youth and high school leagues that produce Bates athletes, we are pleased to welcome Mike Retelle into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society.