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Bucklin, Fournier to be inducted into Newfound Hall of Fame



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Paul Fournier will be inducted into the Newfound Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 23. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
July 17, 2017
BRISTOL — Newfound Regional High School will be celebrating its second annual Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 23 during Homecoming festivities. Five individuals and one team, will join the eight individuals and one team that were inducted last year.

Ron Bucklin graduated from Bristol Memorial High School in 1961. He was an outstanding cross country, basketball and baseball athlete at BHS. He was a two-time All-State basketball player.

Bucklin was in the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1965. While serving in the United States Air Force in Germany, he was a three-season athlete playing football, basketball and baseball on USAF teams throughout Europe.

Bucklin was one of many involved in the building of Bristol's Little League field, on state-leased land, and its' eventual dedication naming, Chet Wells Field.

Buclin was the head baseball coach from 1987 to 1989 after serving as an assistant for a number of years. In 1988, after upsetting White Mountains and Bishop Brady, Newfound lost in the state semifinals, 4-3, to eventual state champion Belmont. Bucklin was ably assisted by Floyd Colby, and the late, Don Akerman.

Bucklin coached at the Little League, Babe Ruth and high school levels during a span of 20 years. He also coached Community Center basketball with Al Blakeley for several years, saying, "This was a most enjoyable, fun and rewarding experience working with the kids and Al. Good times never forgotten."

Coach Bucklin passed away in May 2017.

Paul Fournier graduated from Newfound Memorial High School in 1988. He was on the varsity soccer team for four years, and played basketball and varsity baseball, starting on varsity as an eighth grader. Fournier was also the Senior Class President.

He furthered his education, graduating from Northeastern University 1993 with his degree in athletic training and exercise and physiology. He got his practical experience at local high schools in the Miami area, from 1993 to 1995.

In 1995, Fournier was hired by the Montreal Expos and as the athletic trainer for their A-ball team from 1995 to 1996. From 1997 to 2001, he was their Minor League Athletic Training Coordinator overseeing rehabilitation, strength and conditioning. In 1997, he was the recipient of the John McHale Award for outstanding player development.

In 2002, he was the Athletic Trainer, Rehabilitation, Strength and Conditioner Coordinator for the Florida Marlins. From 2003 to 2011, he was the Marlins Major League strength and conditioning coach, and a member of their World Series team in 2003.

Since 2012, Fournier has been with the Philadelphia Phillies, first as their minor league strength and conditioning coordinator, 2012-2013. Since 2014, he has been their major league strength and conditioning coach. He worked at the MLB All Star game in 2014, as the National League strength and conditioning coach.

The ceremonies will include a reception from 2 to 3 p.m., in the NRHS cafeteria with the induction in the auditorium, starting at 3 p.m. Reservations are $25 per person and can be made by contacting Peter Cofran at pcofran@sau4.org or 744-6006, x1507.

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