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.
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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.
WABI (Channel 5) spoke with Susan Lizzotte, head swim coach at the University of Maine, about former UMaine student and swimmer Erin Woolley in advance of the second annual Erin’s Run 5K Road Race held in her honor. “Erin was certainly one of a kind; always dancing and always happy,” said Lizzotte of Woolley, who passed away from cancer in 2010. Proceeds from the May 3 race in Bangor will support the UMaine swimming and diving team and Spruce Run, an organization dedicated to serving those affected by domestic abuse.
Karlton Creech, the University of Maine’s director of athletics, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) and the Bangor Daily News about the solid pool of applicants for the position of head coach of the men’s basketball team. Creech said the university had more than 100 applicants with diverse backgrounds. “I think we’ll have a really good pool and have a good group to make the selection from,” he said. Creech said he has appointed a search committee that has started going through the applications.
WLBZ (Channel 2) reported Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, is one of nine people to be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame on May 4 at its 39th annual awards banquet in Augusta. Other inductees include 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.
The Associated Press, NBC Sports, Portland Press Herald, WABI (Channel 5), 92.9 The Ticket, WLBZ (Channel 2), WVII (Channel 7) and the Bangor Daily News were among news organizations to report on the University of Maine’s decision to buy out the contract of men’s basketball head coach Ted Woodward. The decision was reached after evaluation of the program by Director of Athletics Karlton Creech and university administration. The BDN also published a statement from Woodward who said he is “extremely proud of the Black Bear basketball program” and respects Creech’s decision. USA Today and Boston.com carried the AP report.
University of Maine President Paul Ferguson has announced that the university is buying out the contract of men’s basketball head coach Ted Woodward, ending his tenure as coach effective April 14, 2014. The decision was reached after evaluation of the program by Director of Athletics Karlton Creech and university administration.
“I would like to thank Ted for his 18 years of service to the University of Maine, first as an assistant coach and then a head coach,” said Creech. “Ted’s commitment to the University of Maine and its student-athletes — both athletically and academically — have been the trademark of his tenure here.”
Woodward had two years remaining on his contract extension. He will be paid a 13-month buyout of approximately $113,800 related to one year’s salary. UMaine will use only privately raised funds from the President’s Discretionary Account to meet that obligation. No funds will be reallocated from the current university budget committed to academic programs, or faculty, student or operational needs.
A formal national search for Woodward’s replacement will begin immediately.
Woodward recently finished his 10th season as head coach of the Black Bears, compiling a record of 117–178 with the program.
Woodward came to the University of Maine in 1996 as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator for then head coach John Giannini. He also served as an assistant coach at Central Connecticut State University and Harvard University, after beginning his career as a graduate assistant at the University of Connecticut. Woodward also coached golf at the University of Maine from 1997–2001.
The University of Maine has opened registration for its three girls’ basketball summer camps. The Black Bears will offer an Elite Camp for girls entering grades 9–12 from June 21 to 22, Youth Overnight Camp for grades 3–9 from July 14 to 17, and Youth Day Camp for grades 3–9 from July 28 to Aug. 1.
Elite Camp focuses on advanced skill development, as well as speed and agility workouts, while offering commuter and overnight options. Youth Overnight Camp offers instruction from UMaine players and coaches, as well as the opportunity to play games, learn fundamentals, participate in drills and have fun at all levels of experience. Day Camp includes focused skill work and games.
Participants of each of the three camps will receive a T-shirt. Roommate requests for overnight camping can be made until two weeks before the beginning of the selected camp.
More information about UMaine’s girls’ summer camp sessions, such as how to register and pricing, is online.
The Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5), WVII (Channel 7) and the Portland Press Herald were among several news organizations to cover the University of Maine’s football Pro Day. Fourteen members of the Black Bear football team’s senior class got the chance to perform tests and drills for nine scouts in hopes of getting noticed by an NFL team. Among the hopefuls was standout cornerback Kendall James, who was the focus of an SB Nation article titled “Steelers scouts at University of Maine Pro Day, CB Kendall James one to watch.”
The Bangor Daily News and Portland Press Herald were among the news organizations to report University of Maine quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was chosen as the Colonial Athletic Association’s Student-Athlete of the Year. Wasilewski was recently honored with an “M” Club Dean Smith Award, presented annually to UMaine’s top male and female student-athletes. He previously earned the second annual Chuck Boone Leadership Award, given to the conference player who embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship in academic and athletic achievements.