Carol Thomas Handley '93

Carol Thomas Handley '93

One of the most talented two-sport athletes to grace the playing fields and ice surfaces of New England, Carol Thomas Handley ’93 proved to be one of the most influential female athletes of her era, setting a standard for success by which current student-athletes are measured.

Thomas established her athletic pedigree at an early age. Beginning her hockey life at the age of eight, she was a goaltender in the Assabet Valley girls’ hockey program in Concord, Massachusetts, that won multiple age-group national championships.

A high school All-American soccer player at Concord-Carlisle High School (MA), Thomas came to Bowdoin after a strong post-graduate year at Northfield-Mount Hermon. A dominant soccer and hockey player at each of these levels, Thomas carried her success to Brunswick, and the records she set in Dayton Arena still endure.

Clearly a talent ahead of her time, Thomas’s offensive statistics are staggering. During her four years at Bowdoin, she set nearly every scoring record and contributed mightily to putting the women’s ice hockey program on the map. Her accomplishments on the ice became the foundation for the rise of one of the most successful Division III women’s ice hockey programs in the nation.

In only sixty-six career games, Thomas tallied 96 goals (still ranks first all-time) and added 60 assists for a total of 156 career points, a record that was broken just four years ago. A player who excelled in pressure situations, sixteen of her goals were game-winners, and she still holds the record for most hat tricks in a career with twelve. Thomas led her team in scoring in each of her four years and was team captain during her senior campaign.

An outstanding soccer player as well, Thomas’s exceptional athleticism proved an important asset, as she transitioned from the team’s leading scorer as a junior into an All- American defender as a senior. In her senior campaign, Bowdoin won its first-ever women’s soccer ECAC Championship.

Her accomplishments were acknowledged with numerous personal accolades. In hockey, Thomas was named the 1991 ECAC Division III Player of the Year, an ECAC Division III All-Star in 1991 and 1992, and an ECAC All-Division All-Star in 1993. On the soccer pitch, Thomas earned NSCAA Second-Team All-America and First-Team All-New England honors in 1992.

While at Bowdoin, Thomas was a psychology major with a minor in history. A native of Carlisle, Massachusetts, Carol Thomas Handley now resides in York, Maine, with her husband, Craig, and their four children.