Department of Athletics

From Huskies to Ironman: Four USM Student-Athlete Alumni Completed the 2018 Ironman Lake Placid

Image of four USM student-athlete alumni completing Ironman Lake Placid

Story by Christina Cracolici, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

April Cohen '03; Darci Holland '05, '08; Renee Heath Towne '04, '10; and Troy Thibodeau '14: a realtor, a teacher, a registered nurse and a professional hockey coach.  Seemingly each of these four individuals are just that, individuals with little in common. However, there is a thread of commonality among them as they are each alumni of the University of Southern Maine, and former standout Husky student-athletes. 


The accolades – some shared - among the four former Huskies are impressive: William B. Wise Scholar Athlete, Husky Hall of Famer, Little East Conference (LEC) Champion, NCAA Division III World Series All-Tournament team, LEC Hall of Famer. And as of the third weekend in July, all four can claim the title of Ironman.  


A two-sport standout (field hockey & softball), Husky Hall of Fame and Little East Conference Hall of Fame member, Renee crossed her third Ironman finish line, while April and Troy, members of the women's tennis team and perennially successful baseball team respectively during their time at USM, traversed the distance of 140.6 miles (2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking and 26.2 miles running) to earn the title of Ironman for the first time.  For Darci, it was her second full Ironman alongside of her former field hockey & softball teammate in as many tries. 


Similar to their varied career paths their arrivals at USM have an unique story.  Transferring to USM and giving up a Division I field hockey scholarship to be closer to her family and for the chance to play two sports, Renee earned two bachelor degrees from Southern Maine and is now a veteran nurse in the Cardio-Thoracic floor at Maine Medical Center. READ MORE