Christopher J. Jerome '83

Christopher J. Jerome '83

A versatile center who became the most decorated men’s basketball player in Bowdoin history, Chris Jerome ’83 lifted the Polar Bears to unprecedented success during his career.

A native of Portland, Maine, and a graduate of Cheverus High School, Jerome was an immediate contributor to Ray Bicknell’s squad as a first-year, capturing ECAC Rookie of the Year honors by leading Bowdoin in scoring (17.2 per game) and rebounding (9.8 per game).

Jerome suffered no sophomore slump, leading the team to a 16-6 mark while pacing the squad in both points (19.2) and rebounds (9.9). Bowdoin made its first ECAC Tournament appearance in Jerome’s junior campaign as the center again led the Polar Bears in points (16.7) and caroms (9.7). Both seasons saw him garner First-Team All-New England recognition.

Jerome became the first Polar Bear in twenty years to average a double-double, accumulating per-game averages of 18.3 points and 10.7 rebounds as a senior in 1982–83. For his efforts, he was named the New England Division III Player of the Year. More importantly, he paced the Polar Bears to a school-record seventeen victories as a senior captain and capped his career with two-straight ECAC Tournament appearances.

In his career, Jerome set the Bowdoin record for games played (90) and most rebounds (891) while finishing second in career points (1,609) and averaging 17.9 per game. His .533 shooting percentage was second-best in Bowdoin’s history. In addition, he led the Polar Bears in points and rebounds in four consecutive seasons, becoming the only player in school history to do so.

During his four seasons, the Polar Bears posted a four-year record of 63-27, the best to that point in program history. Subsequently, he has been honored by Cheverus with election into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

An Academic All-American, Jerome graduated with degrees in mathematics and economics. He now works for Unum in Portland, Maine, and lives in Falmouth with his wife, Barbara, and their seven children.