WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) reported on the third annual Bears ’n’ Claws lobster bake held at the home of Richard Barron, head coach of the University of Maine women’s basketball team. The event benefited the Friends of Maine Basketball and offered a chance for athletes and coaches to interact with the community. “It’s fun for them,” Barron said of the first-year student-athletes. “It’s a chance to talk about Maine, why they came and re-energize our fan base. It’s also a chance to acknowledge friends who have been there and supported us,” Barron said of the event.
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The Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported Richard Reichenbach has been named the University of Maine women’s ice hockey head coach for the 2014–15 season. Reichenbach’s wife Sara, who co-coached with him last year, will be an assistant coach for the coming season. Reichenbach recently completed his fourth season with the Black Bears, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator the previous three years before co-coaching last season. Reichenbach said he plans to continue to reinforce “a culture of hard work and positive attitudes.” Karlton Creech, UMaine’s athletic director, said after talking with several people he learned the Reichenbachs are “really good people, and you can’t undervalue that in an organization.”
Richard Reichenbach has been named the University of Maine women’s ice hockey head coach for the 2014-2015 season. Reichenbach’s wife Sara, who co-coached with him last year, will be an assistant coach for the coming season.
Reichenbach recently completed his fourth season with the Black Bears, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator the previous three years before co-coaching last season. The Black Bears finished fifth in Hockey East last season and lost in triple overtime to the University of Vermont in the Hockey East playoffs.
Reichenbach came to UMaine from Cortland State where he was responsible for recruiting and organizing team travel, practices and video breakdown. He also worked primarily with the Cortland State defense.
The native of Baldwinsville, New York, is a 2006 graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He played hockey and lacrosse for the Continentals for four years. Following graduation, he played a year of professional hockey with the Richmond Renegades of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
Reichenbach worked as a hockey specialist and Bluestreak Sports Training in Stamford, Connecticut where he trained elite athletes who played in Division I and III hockey, as well as in the NHL and Olympics. Reichenbach recently completed his master’s degree in sports management from Cortland State.
The Bangor Daily News reported that a number of University of Maine student-athletes have been recognized for their academic prowess.
Inaugural America East Presidential Scholar-Athletes — cited because they earned a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher as an undergraduate student — are Monique Boutin, Ashten Hackett, Darien Lewis, Rachel Wilkinson, Lisa Bijman, Meaghan Bradica, Hallie Lipinski and Kelton Cullenberg. In addition, 16 UMaine men’s hockey players and 20 women’s hockey players were named to their respective Hockey East All-Academic Teams.
The Ticket, 92.9 reported the Toronto Maple Leafs selected University of Maine men’s ice hockey recruit Nolan Vesey in the sixth round of the NHL draft. Vesey is a forward from North Reading, Massachusetts.
Red Gendron, head men’s ice hockey coach for the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about Maine Startup and Create Week. More than 40 events featuring 158 speakers from around the country took place at 15 venues across Portland to celebrate entrepreneurs and startups. Gendron, who attended the week’s “Think Big” kickoff party at Port City Music Hall, said, “For me, thinking big is a national championship for the state of Maine.”
The University of Maine’s Director of Athletics Karlton Creech and Ryan Taylor, UMaine’s head athletic trainer, were quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about who should pay the medical costs when a college athlete gets injured. According to the article, UMaine is the only school in the state that offers athletic scholarships and it has a staff of six certified athletic trainers and a student assistant to offer free preventive care, treatment for existing injuries or referrals to off-campus physicians to student-athletes.
The Bangor Daily News ran a feature story about the positive contributions of various friends groups that support University of Maine athletic teams. Friends groups currently back Black Bear baseball, football, men’s ice hockey, softball and women’s basketball teams, according to the article. Maria Baeza, who was president of the Friends of Maine Women’s Basketball for 15 years, said the group fundraises and strives to “create a culture of support for the student-athletes and for the program in general.”
The Bangor Daily News ran a story about former University of Maine quarterback Marcus Wasilewski winning the Colonial Athletic Association’s Chuck Boone Leadership Award.
The award is presented to the league player embodying the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship in academic and athletic achievements. Wasilewski graduated cum laude in December with a degree in kinesiology and physical education. The Dean’s List student and four-time Academic All-Conference selection received the “M” Club Dean Smith Award presented to UMaine’s top male and female student-athlete. Wasilewski also was named the CAA Student-Athlete of the Year; he earned a 3.4 grade point average. In 2013, he was made the all-CAA first team and set numerous UMaine records while leading the Black Bears to a league-best 10–2 regular-season mark.