Paul Soule made a reputation for himself many years in the past as a standout athlete at Deering High School and Bowdoin College.
He later grew to become a teacher and profitable coach in Massachusetts earlier than shifting again to Maine and co-owning a window substitute enterprise with one among his brothers. He and his late wife, Gail, raised two youngsters and lived for a few years in Cumberland.
Soule, a member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and resident of North Yarmouth, died Monday when the car he was driving on Route 1 in Cumberland crossed into the other lane of site visitors and struck a dump truck, Cumberland police stated.
It’s unclear what triggered the crash. It remained underneath investigation Tuesday and police stated no additional data was obtainable.
The driver of the dump truck, Trevor Lamoreau, was taken to Maine Medical Center with minor accidents, police stated. Soule was pronounced lifeless on the scene. Neither driver had a document of serious driving infractions and no prices are anticipated, police stated Tuesday.
“He was an outstanding biology teacher as well as a very accomplished track coach,” his brother Mort Soule stated Tuesday. “Of the four of us (the four Soule brothers), Paul was the best athlete. We hated to admit it, but it was clear.”
A star athlete at each Deering High School and Bowdoin College, Soule, 78, was a member of a household with deep roots in Maine sports and deep ties to Bowdoin College.
Soule was a gifted athlete all through his life, a path he began on throughout his highschool years in Deering the place he helped carry residence the college’s first soccer state championship in 1959, beating Portland 26-21 on Thanksgiving Day in a come-from-behind win.
Soule was additionally a bonafide monitor star in highschool, successful All-American honors in monitor, in addition to in soccer. In the 1961 Class A State meet, Soule beat the school-record for the 180-yard low hurdle with a time of 19.1 seconds. The document was by no means damaged and ultimately the occasion was changed.
Soule adopted his accolades in highschool with a dominant college-career at Bowdoin, turning into an all-time nice within the historical past of the soccer staff, in addition to a record-setter for the monitor staff.
A member of the Bowdoin College Hall of Honor, Soule helped lead the soccer staff to a number of successful seasons, together with as part of the 1963 State Series Championship soccer staff. A halfback, Soule rushed for 414 yards as a sophomore earlier than breaking an 18-year-old single-season speeding document of 670 yards his junior 12 months. While co-captain his senior 12 months, Soule surpassed the college’s profession speeding document, ending his time on the faculty with 1,681 yards.
Upon graduating, Soule signed with the Dallas Cowboys, making it previous the preliminary spherical of cuts at coaching camp. However, Soule left partway by way of to report back to a National Guard camp again in Maine, placing an finish to his skilled soccer profession.
Shortly after, Soule took a place as a biology teacher and monitor coach at Reading High School in Massachusetts, the place he led the monitor staff to a dominant 246-21-2 document.
Soule left Maine in 1966 and returned after greater than 20 years, shifting to Cumberland along with his household.
Soule and his brother Jim co-owned A-B.E.S.T Window, a window substitute enterprise with places round southern Maine. According to his brother Mort, Paul Soule was a talented carpenter and was within the strategy of constructing a home in North Yarmouth. Soule additionally continued to compete in monitor competitions as an grownup.
A page on the Bowdoin Athletics website is devoted to the historical past of the Soule title at Bowdoin, stating, “no single family has had a greater impact on Bowdoin’s athletic program than the Soule family.”
Tim Ryan, the director of athletics at Bowdoin, expressed his condolences for your entire Soule household.
“Paul excelled in track and was a record-setting member of our football team during his time at Bowdoin, leading the College’s athletic programs to considerable success,” stated Ryan in a written assertion. “The Soules have long been part of the fabric of the Bowdoin community and we at the College extend our deepest sympathies to the entire family.”
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