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UMaine’s Cullenberg Earns Top America East Honor

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

A University of Maine 2014 graduate has been named the first America East Man of the Year.

Kelton Cullenberg, a kinesiology/exercise science major from Chesterville, Maine, edged out finalists Jeff Turner of the University of New Hampshire and Luke Apfeld of the University of Vermont to claim the prestigious award that recognizes the male senior student-athlete at his respective school who best exemplifies a commitment to service, leadership, athletics and academics during his collegiate career.

“It is an incredible honor,” says Cullenberg, who graduated from Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, Maine. “The other competitors represent the best their school has to offer. I never would have dreamed of getting this award.”

To qualify for the award, student-athletes had to maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average, receive their undergraduate degree prior to the summer 2014 term and complete intercollegiate eligibility in their primary sport by the end of the 2014 spring season.

A cross country/track and field athlete, Cullenberg achieved a 3.92 GPA. The senior distance runner captained three teams, earned all-conference honors six times and won the 2014 M Club Dean Smith Award.

He earned distinction by earning spots on the America East All-Academic Team, the Commissioner’s Honors Roll and Dean’s List. He also was a Presidential Scholar and garnered a 4.0 GPA four times during his undergraduate career.

In 2013, Cullenberg received the College of Education Dean’s Award and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. At the 2014 Scholar-Athlete Award recognition, he was presented a gold medallion as a three-time scholar-athlete.

Cullenberg was named University of Maine Athlete of the Week and America East Athlete of the Week multiple times during his career. He was also selected to All-Conference teams in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.

He placed second at the 2013 America East Cross Country Championships. At the 2013 Northeast Region meet, he was selected to the All-Region team and qualified for the NCAA Championships.

Cullenberg was the first UMaine male runner since 1979 to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championship. His personal best in the 3,000-meters is 8:24 and he is second on the university’s all-time list, running the 5,000-meters in 14:25. He finished second at the 2014 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 5,000-meter run.

Originally an engineering major, Cullenberg decided to attend UMaine because it offered a Division I sports program and it was close to home.

“A lot of my friends were leaning me toward engineering, but after the first few weeks I realized it wasn’t what I wanted to do,” he says. “The kinesiology classes were much more geared toward my interests.”

A runner since youth, Cullenberg cites his parents as major motivators in his academic and extracurricular pursuits.

“My parents influenced me because they were runners, too. They were also teachers at my high school, so academics were always a big deal,” he says. “They didn’t push [running] on me, it was just something I grew to love.”

Cullenberg was not present at the awards ceremony at Bretton Woods in Carroll, New Hampshire. Instead, he was traveling to the Hypo2 High Performance Sport Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, to start an eight-week internship working and training with a variety of athletes.

“It [the award] is a nice icing on the cake,” Cullenberg says. “It is all a very humbling experience.”

A business administration minor, Cullenberg hopes to operate his own performance center that offers physical therapy and exercise training. He says this long-time dream was cultivated during his time at UMaine.

“UMaine was a good fit for me,” he says. “I was taking a couple business classes, then figured I might as well turn it into a minor. [Academically], the school was at a level where I knew I could do well, not only in sports, but in the classroom.”

Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.374

Media Report on Coach Walsh’s Introduction at Cross Insurance Center

Monday, May 12th, 2014

92.9 FM The Ticket, WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2), Bangor Daily News and Portland Press Herald covered the formal introduction of Bob Walsh as the University of Maine men’s basketball head coach. UMaine athletic department officials held a press conference at the Cross Insurance Center to introduce Walsh. “I’m thrilled about it,” Walsh said. “Coaching at a place where I’m comfortable and can stay for a long time is really important to me.”

Walsh to be Introduced at Cross Insurance Center

Friday, May 9th, 2014

University of Maine athletic department officials will introduce recently hired men’s basketball head coach Robert Walsh at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. AmericaEast.TV will stream the event live beginning at 1:25 p.m. The last nine seasons Walsh was head coach at Division III power Rhode Island College. Under his leadership, the Anchormen posted a record of 204–63 (.764 winning percentage) and made eight straight trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Prior to guiding RIC, for seven years, Walsh was an assistant coach at Division I Providence College.

Media Report on Walsh Being Named UMaine Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Associated Press, The Sports Network, CBS Sports, Bangor Daily News, WVII (Channel 7), WABI (Channel 5), Providence Journal and Portland Press Herald were among news organizations to report University of Maine Director of Athletics Karlton Creech has named Robert Walsh the new UMaine men’s basketball head coach, effective May 7. Walsh has nearly 20 years of Division I and Division III coaching experience. Most recently, for nine seasons he was head coach at Division III Rhode Island College. “I am excited to welcome Coach Bob Walsh to the Black Bear family,” said Creech. “Coach Walsh is highly respected in the college basketball community and ready for the challenge of leading and rebuilding UMaine’s Division I program.” USA Today and Miami Herald carried the AP report. Chicago Tribune and Fox News carried the Sports Network article.

Robert Walsh Named UMaine Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Robert G. Walsh has been named University of Maine men’s basketball head coach by Director of Athletics Karlton Creech, effective May 7.

Walsh comes to UMaine with nearly 20 years of highly successful Division I and Division III coaching experience. Most recently, for nine seasons he was head coach at Division III power Rhode Island College. Under Walsh’s leadership, the Anchormen posted an overall record of 204–63 (.764 winning percentage) and made eight straight trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Prior to guiding Rhode Island College, for seven years Walsh was an assistant coach at Division I Providence College. In his seven seasons at Providence, the Friars’ record was 182–146 (.555). In 2004, Providence attained the highest NCAA tournament seed in the school’s history (No. 5) and the highest national ranking in 25 years (No. 12). That year, as well as in 2000, Providence posted its best Big East record of 11–5. Walsh led Providence to four 20-win seasons, two regular season league championships and six post-season appearances.

“I am excited to welcome Coach Bob Walsh to the Black Bear family,” says Creech. “His time at Rhode Island College has been the most successful in the history of the program. In addition to his head coaching experience, Bob has 11 years of experience as a Division I assistant at Providence College, the University of San Diego and Iona College. Bob is a true student and teacher of the game of basketball, and shares his passion for leadership through his Dynamic Leadership Academy. Coach Walsh is highly respected in the college basketball community and ready for the challenge of leading and rebuilding UMaine’s Division I program.” 

The UMaine search committee, led by Seth Woodcock, UMaine associate athletic director for development, was charged with finding a candidate who had substantial and successful head coaching experience, substantial experience at the Division I level, New England recruiting connections, and the proven ability to build and maintain a high-achieving college basketball program with an emphasis on and record of academic achievement.

“Bob Walsh is a perfect fit to lead our men’s basketball program,” Woodcock says. “He is a proven winner with a successful system built on the principles of accountability, trust, commitment and good old-fashioned hard work. His blue-collar work ethic, steadfast character, toughness and drive to succeed will resonate with our fans and community, and — most importantly — motivate and position our student-athletes to achieve their goals, both on and off the court. I couldn’t be more excited about Bob being named our next head coach and about the future of UMaine basketball under his leadership.”

Walsh earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hamilton College in 1994 and a master’s degree in mass communications from Iona College two years later.

He will fill the position vacated by Ted Woodward, whose contract was ended April 14. On May 6, Walsh’s four-year contract was finalized. He will receive an annual salary of $100,000 in the first year, with a $5,000 increase in each of the next two years, and a $10,000 increase in the fourth year, bringing his annual salary to $120,000, effective July 1, 2017.

“I’m excited to begin the challenge of establishing a championship culture at the University of Maine as the leader of the men’s basketball program,” Walsh says. “I can’t wait to be a part of the excellent academic and athletic culture at UMaine, and to embrace the energy and passion of the community.”

News of Walsh’s move to UMaine brought comments from a number of his colleagues and former players. Among them:

Providence College Athletic Director Bob Driscoll: “Coach Walsh is one of the most well-rounded coaches I have worked with in 38 years of college athletics. He is an ‘architect’ that understands how to build a foundation that will sustain long-term success on and off the court.”

Columbia University head men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith: “Bob Walsh is one of the most intellectually curious coaches in the college game. He is not afraid to take on different challenges and always finds a way to be a part of winning. The University of Maine will benefit greatly from his hard work, determination and ultra-competitive spirit. A true winner on and off the court.”

Former Providence College All-American Ryan Gomes: “Coach Walsh is one of my favorite coaches that has ever coached me. Maine has hired a great guy who (is) going to challenge his players on and off the court. Glad he’s got an opportunity to show what he can do with a Division I program.”

Providence College head men’s basketball coach Ed Cooley: “Bob is a great teacher and student of the game. His team will compete at a high level and be a tough out.”


2007, 2009, 2013  Little East Coach of the Year

2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014  Rhode Island Sportswriters Coach of the Year

2012 Rhode Island College Alumni Association Staff Person of the Year


2013–14 20–9 LEC Tournament Champions — NCAA 1st Round
2012–13 26–4 LEC Reg. Season/Tourn. Champs — NCAA 2nd Round
2011–12 23–7 NCAA Tournament — 2nd Round
2010–11 21–8 LEC Reg. Season/Tourn. Champs — NCAA Sweet 16
2009–10 22–8 LEC Reg. Season/Tourn. Champs — NCAA Sweet 16
2008–09 23–6 LEC Reg. Season Champs — NCAA First Round
2007–08 23–7 LEC Tourn. Champs — NCAA Second Round
2006–07 27–4 LEC Reg. Season/Tourn. Champs — NCAA Elite 8
2005–06 19–10 ECAC Finalist

9 YEARS    204–63 (.764)   


33–12 (.731) post-season record

21–3 LEC Tournament record

10–8  NCAA Tournament record — 8 straight NCAA Tournaments — 1 of 5 teams in the country

Appeared in eight straight LEC Tournament Championship games — LEC record

First tournament game appearances in school history

First outright Little East Championships in school history

         2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 Regular Season Champions

         2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 Tournament Champions

Two wins over Division I teams

         RIC 71, Iona 62 — Nov. 4, 2006

         RIC 61, Holy Cross 60 — Nov. 1, 2007

Sam Schonfeld Team Sportsmanship Award (2007) — Awarded by basketball officials

Best season start in school history — 15–1, 2006–07

Longest winning streak in school history — 14, 2008–09

Highest final national ranking in school history — No. 11, 2006–07

Hosted NCAA Tournament for first time in school history in 2007, as well as in 2009, 2013, 2014

Exceptional in Their Fields: Meet UMaine’s 2014 Outstanding Graduates

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

These stellar seniors — hailing from rural Maine to Canada and China — share their UMaine experiences. Learn about their research, community service and world travels, and their plans for a very promising future.

Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745

Jinlun Bai Finn Bonderson Ariel Bothen
Jinlun Bai Finn Bondeson Ariel Bothen
Meaghan Bradica Jennifer Chalmers Dilasha Dixit
Meaghan Bradica Jennifer Chalmers Dilasha Dixit
Kayla Jones Theresa McMannus Janelle Tinkler
Kayla Jones Theresa McMannus Janelle Tinkler
Chi Truong Sierra Ventura  
 Chi Truong  Sierra Ventura  

Cosgrove Inducted into Maine Sports Hall of Fame, Media Report

Monday, May 5th, 2014

The Associated Press, Morning Sentinel, Bangor Daily News and WLBZ (Channel 2) covered the Maine Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, was one of nine people to be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame at its 39th annual awards banquet. Other inductees included Joseph L. Ferris, who pitched for UMaine in the 1964 College World Series, and Edward J. Flaherty, an All-American performer at UMaine in 1975. WABI (Channel 5) and The Washington Times carried the AP report.

WABI Reports on MAAV World Record to Raise Awareness of Relationship Violence

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

WABI (Channel 5) reported on an event held by the University of Maine student group Male Athletes Against Violence (MAAV) to raise awareness about relationship violence. The event, Unwrapping the Not-So-Sweet Truth of Relationship Violence, also aimed to set a Guinness World Record for the largest number of candies unwrapped at one time. More than 600 students and community members unofficially set the record and are submitting to Guinness for verification. Spencer Wood, an MAAV member, said the group thought the event would be a fun way to attract people to come out and learn about relationship abuse.

UMaine Student-Athletes Host Bone Marrow Drive, WLBZ, WABI Report

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) reported on the University of Maine football team hosting its seventh bone marrow drive. The drive is part of “Be the Match,” a national organization that works to save lives through transplants, and is held in honor of Jeff Cole, a former UMaine assistant football coach who died of cancer in 2004, according to the WLBZ report. The Maine women’s basketball and soccer teams also volunteered at the drive. Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the football team, told WLBZ it’s invigorating to know their efforts could save a life. Noelle Leon-Palmer, a member of the women’s soccer team, told WABI she believes student-athletes have an influence on other students, and the drive is a great way to encourage others to do something positive.

Three UMaine Football Players Earn National Academic Honors, BDN Reports

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

The Bangor Daily News reported University of Maine football players Arron Achey, Michael Mangiarelli and Marcus Wasilewski have been named to the 2014 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society. The Hampshire Honor Society is made up of college football players from all divisions who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. The BDN also reported that Seth Woodcock, UMaine’s associate director of athletic development, is serving as the chair of the committee conducting a nationwide search for a new men’s basketball head coach.