Dick Whitmore was born into a famous basketball family and it was inevitable that would be a defining element of his life. His grandfather coached Cheverus in the 40’s and his dad, Richard Sr., spent his Hall of Fame career at Colby College in Waterville.
An outstanding competitor who improved every year he played; Dick started all four seasons for the Waterville Panthers from 1982-1986. A smart, quick, and strong player, who was deadly from the perimeter, Dick formed the foundation for several years of Waterville High School’s dominance, led by coach Ken Lindlof. That run of excellence included a State Championship in 1985.
Dick was a four -time All-KVAC player, and was twice selected to the Maine All-State team; in 1984 as a 3rd teamer and in 1986 as a 1st team choice. His high school days ended with Dick being chosen as the McDonald’s High School All-America Nominee, and a Converse National High School All-American in 1986.
However, Dick was the quintessential student – athlete, and his excellence in the classroom allowed for his acceptance to Brown University in E. Providence. Dick made an immediate impact for the Bears, starting his freshman year in what is the always tough Ivy League. He was a two -year starter until he suffered a career ending knee injury.
The S.I.D. at Brown said this about Dick Whitmore. “Dick Whitmore came to Brown from Waterville and was on track to become one of the top guards in school history when his career was cut short by a serious knee injury. Whitmore displayed a great knowledge of the game, and became a starter his sophomore year and leading the team in steals. An exceptional long-range shooter, he shot 43% behind the arc and was second on the team in 3 points shooting and first in assists. He was the first Ivy League player to apply for the NBA Hardship Draft after his junior season, starting a national conversation about an Ivy League student-athlete joining the NBA.”
Dick Whitmore lives in Hanover, N. H. where is serves as Senior Associate Athletics Director at Dartmouth College.