Portland, Maine- The Portland Sea Dogs are proud to announce that the 2018 recipient of the William Troubh Community Service award is Marc Lamontagne. Lamontagne was presented the award by Sea Dogs' General Manager Geoff Iacuessa and members of Mr. Troubh's family including wife Nancy in a pre-game ceremony at Hadlock Field on Sunday, June 24th when the Sea Dogs hosted the Trenton Thunder.
The "William Troubh Community Service Award" was established in 2015 to honor a local citizen who is making a positive impact within the city of Portland. Mr. Troubh was a lifelong resident of the city of Portland who dedicated his life to making Portland a great place to live and work. He served multiple terms on the Portland City Council and was Mayor of the city in 1974 and 1975 and again in 1983 and 1984. Mr. Troubh was instrumental in bringing the Portland Sea Dogs to the city in 1994. He also played a major role in the development of the Portland Waterfront, Cumberland County Civic Center and the Portland Ice Arena, now named in his honor. His contributions will be enjoyed by residents and visitors of the city for generations to come.
Marc Lamontagne has spent 32 years volunteering for Portland youth baseball leagues as well as serving as a youth baseball umpire throughout the state. Lamontagne got started in 1986 as a volunteer coach at Portland's Bayside Little League. After a short-time coaching, he realized there was a shortage of umpires, so he became trained as a volunteer little league umpire, where he spent 20+ years traveling from York to Presque Isle umpiring four to five games every week during the season.
All the while, Lamontagne kept his focus on his first diamonds Portland. In 1990, he joined the Bayside Board of Directors, a position he still holds today. Throughout that time, Lamontagne has taken on several roles including serving as the Director of Facilities for more than 20 years. He is responsible for maintaining and managing the volunteer efforts of over 20 youth baseball and softball fields throughout Portland. These efforts include grass maintenance, mowing, infield construction, fence and seating repair, painting, and fundraising.
In 2011 he was the lead Director for the Maine State Little League World Series that was hosted at his beloved Payson Park. Over 1,000 little leaguers and fans were treated to an exceptionally well-maintained facility thanks to Lamontagne's efforts.
Past recipients of the award include Howard Spear (2017), Roger Goodoak (2016) and John Menario (2015).
The Sea Dogs will begin accepting nominations for the 2019 award in February.