Mainebiz reported the University of Maine football team has signed an early deal with Portland-based Cogsports. Cogsports offers a computer-based psychological assessment tool adapted for sports applications, as well as a range of associated leadership training applicable to all sports.
93.7 The Wave reported on the status of renovations to the University of Maine Field House and Memorial Gym. The first phase of the $15 million renovation was originally planned to be finished in December 2013 but now is expected to be done by January 2014.
The Bangor Daily News reported the renovated University of Maine field house should open in January 2014. Will Biberstein, UMaine’s associate athletic director for internal operations, told the BDN the project is going well, but the opening was delayed about a month due to unexpected complications from working on a nearly 90-year-old building.
Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 18-20, will honor the reunion classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. A football game with William & Mary, and a men’s ice hockey game with Bentley are among the many events scheduled. Other activities include social events, awards, performances, tours and a silent auction. Due to the ongoing renovations to the Field House, the annual craft fair has been canceled. A complete schedule of Homecoming events is online.
The Bangor Daily News, Boston.com, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Portland Press Herald and WLBZ (Channel 2) were among news organizations to report on the $800,000 donation from University of Maine benefactors and alums Phillip and Susan Morse to be used to install a high-definition video scoreboard on Morse Field in the Alfond Sports Stadium. The scoreboard is expected to be installed by the first home football game next fall.
A new high-definition video scoreboard will be installed on Morse Field in Alfond Sports Stadium at the University of Maine next year with the help of an $800,000 gift from UMaine benefactors Phillip and Susan Morse.
In announcing the gift, which will fund the $750,000 scoreboard and support the baseball program, University of Maine President Paul Ferguson cited the Morses’ long history of support for UMaine Athletics and the difference their contributions have made through the years.
“The long-term generosity and commitment of Phil and Susan Morse to Black Bear Athletics is remarkable and is reflective of the long-term loyalty and focus on excellence so characteristic of our UMaine alumni,” said President Ferguson. “We are so grateful for their contribution.”
Phillip Morse, an owner and vice chair of the Boston Red Sox, and his wife, Susan Keene Morse, both graduated from UMaine in 1964. Their daughter, Katherine Morse, is a 1992 UMaine graduate.
UMaine’s Morse Field in Alfond Stadium is named in their honor.
The new scoreboard, approximately 30 feet wide and 20 feet high, will include such features as HD video display and instant replay. The state-of-the-art technology will also provide the opportunity for enhanced fan interaction, including live remote fan shots, video engagement, and posted tweets and texts.
The scoreboard will be installed in time for the first home football game in fall 2014 and will be one of the few outdoor HD video boards in New England.
“The impact of this gift for our football program will be huge,” said UMaine Head Football Coach Jack Cosgrove. “The scoreboard is the single biggest thing we can do to improve the game day atmosphere in the stadium, and I believe it will excite our players, students and fans.”
UMaine’s football and track and field programs will use the scoreboard. So, too, will many high school teams that compete in Alfond Stadium, as well as the annual Special Olympics.
“This generous gift from the Morse Family will take us to another level in fan engagement and will also be a real boost for the many community organizations and high school teams that use Alfond Stadium,” said UMaine Athletic Director Steve Abbott. “Events ranging from the Special Olympics, to high and school and college track meets, to state championship contests in football and field hockey will be greatly enhanced by this state-of-the-art video scoreboard.”
Morse Field was made possible by a generous gift from the Morses in 1997 for the playing surface, lights and scoreboard, which transitioned UMaine’s stadium field from natural to artificial turf. Morse Field opened Sept. 12, 1998.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
The Bangor Daily News and WABI (Channel 5) were on hand at the Alfond Arena on the University of Maine campus for the men’s ice hockey team’s media day. The student-athletes spoke about their new coach and their hopes for the coming season.
WLBZ (Channel 2) reported the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team beat the Orono Police Department during the 4th annual Blue on Blue Softball Game to benefit Special Olympics Maine. Several hockey players spoke about the importance of the cause and the positive bonding experience.
The Bangor Daily News reported on University of Maine President Paul Ferguson’s announcement of a national search committee tasked with finding a new athletics director. Robert Strong will chair the committee made up of faculty, staff and external members of the UMaine community. The committee will provide names of recommended candidates to Ferguson this fall, with hopes of filling the position by early 2014.
University of Maine President Paul Ferguson has announced the search committee for UMaine Director of Athletics. Robert Strong, professor of finance and NCAA faculty representative, will chair the national search committee comprised of faculty, staff and external members of the UMaine community.
The search committee will provide the names of recommended candidates to President Ferguson this fall, with the hope of filling the position by early 2014.
“I believe the search committee will have a tough task because I expect there to be many highly qualified applicants for this position,” Strong says.
In September, President Ferguson and Athletic Director Steve Abbott announced that Abbott would leave his position this fall after three years of service. Abbott will be returning to serve as chief of staff to United States Sen. Susan Collins, a position he held from 1997–2009.
Abbott’s contract runs through December.
President Ferguson has charged the search committee with identifying the best candidate to lead UMaine Athletics to a new level of achievement consistent with the Blue Sky Plan, demonstrating excellence in management of college athletics at the Division I level, including strategic planning, facilities, disciplined budget management, fan development, and personnel management of the coaching and support staffs; excellence in development and fundraising; strong commitment to a culture of compliance and ethics; and strong commitment to nurturing the academic success of UMaine student-athletes.
Joining Strong on the search committee will be:
Richard Barron, head women’s basketball coach
Robert Dana, vice president for student life and dean of students
Eileen Flaherty, associate director of athletics for compliance
Leonard Kass, associate professor of zoology and chair, Athletics Advisory Board
Karen Kemble, director of equal opportunity
Kurt Marston, past chair, University of Maine Alumni Association Board of Directors
Jim Settele, director, School of Policy and International Affairs, and football faculty liaison
Seth Woodcock, associate director of athletics for development
Guy Whitten, president, M Club Board of Directors
Judy Ryan, associate vice President for human resources (ex officio)
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745