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Creech Talks About Coaching Evaluations

The Portland Press Herald spoke with University of Maine athletic director Karlton Creech about men’s basketball coach Ted Woodward, who has two years remaining on his contract. Creech said he had not yet met with Woodward for an end-of-the-season evaluation. Creech praised the team, which compiled a 6–23 record, for playing hard despite the mounting losses.

Media Outlets Report on Joseph’s Arrest

The Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald, Washington Post, WABI-TV, WFLX, and WMTW were among the media organizations reporting that former University of Maine student-athlete Zedric Joseph was being held in connection with a March 7 double stabbing that killed a man and injured a woman in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Creech Quoted in BDN Article on Hockey East Playoff Game

Karlton Creech, University of Maine’s athletic director, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article about the university’s decision to decline the offer by WABI (Channel 5) to televise UMaine’s Hockey East first-round game against Merrimack College. UMaine officials turned down the offer because they wanted to honor their agreement with their current broadcast partner, WVII ABC 7 and Fox 22, which couldn’t televise the game. Creech said, “Unfortunately, our partner [WVII-Fox] wasn’t able to produce the game for several reasons and we didn’t want to go outside of that [agreement].” He added, “The good news is there are plenty of tickets available so people can watch it in person instead of on TV.”

Coach Barron, Basketball Players Talk to BDN Year After Bus Crash

Richard Barron, head coach of the University of Maine women’s basketball team, along with players on the team spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article on the one year anniversary of an Interstate 95 bus crash the team was involved in. The players and coach recalled the crash and spoke about its lasting effects. “I think because we all survived it and without long-lasting, permanent injuries, it was something that we looked at as having brought us together and that we endured,” Barron said. “That’s probably something that strengthens our team.”

Three UMaine Athletes Receive ‘M’ Club Dean Smith Award

The University of Maine announced on Tuesday that Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) of the field hockey team, Kelton Cullenberg (Chesterville, Maine) of the cross country and track and field teams and Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.) of the football team are the recipients of the 2014 “M” Club Dean Smith Awards. The awards are presented annually to the top male and female student-athlete with outstanding academic and athletic achievement along with citizenship and community service.

Stewart, a kinesiology and exercise science major with a 3.984 grade point average, finished second on the field hockey team in scoring her junior season with 12 goals and six assists for 30 points.

Cullenberg, the first UMaine male runner to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championship since 1979, has been named to the Dean’s List six times and has posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average four times.

Wasilewski capped his senior season by leading Maine to the CAA Title and a first-ever home NCAA playoff game and was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Conference First Team.  He also earned the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet of the Year.

The “M” Club Dean Smith Award was first presented as the “M” Club Scholarship Award in 1980. The award was renamed to honor Dean Smith in 1993. Dean Smith was a recipient of the Walter Byers Award presented by the NCAA. Smith combined the top grade-point average among senior electrical engineering majors with the NAC scoring title as the captain of the 1989-90 men’s basketball team.

In addition, the University of Maine Athletic Department named its sixth annual “Team Maine” representing the top sophomore, junior or senior achieving the highest grade point average for the calendar year 2013. Representing “Team Maine” for 2013 are:

Logan Fullmer, Baseball, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Till Gloger, Men’s Basketball, Business Administration

E. Kelton Cullenberg, Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field, KPE — Exercise Science *

Arron Achey, Football, KPE — Exercise Science

Kyle Williams, Men’s Ice Hockey, Finance

Robert Bickford, Men’s Swimming, Biochemistry

Megan Smith, Cheering, Nursing

Rachele Burns, Women’s Basketball, KPE — Teaching and Coaching

Holly Stewart, Field Hockey, KPE — Exercise Science *

Brianne Kilgour, Women’s Ice Hockey, KPE — Teaching and Coaching and KPE M. Ed. (Grad)

Katelyn Massey, Women’s Ice Hockey, Psychology *

Stephanie Wood, Softball, Biology

Abigail Linn, Women’s Swimming, Sociology

Taylor Cunningham, Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field, English and Anthropology (DM) Honors College

Darien Lewis, Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field, KPE Exercise Science – Honor College

Carolyn Stocker, Food Science and Human Nutrition — Honors College *

Rachel Wilkinson, Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field, Food Science and Human Nutrition *

Ashten Hackett, Women’s Track and Field, KPE Exercise Science

Lisa Bijman, Women’s Soccer, KPE Exercise Science *

Meaghan Bradica, Women’s Soccer, KPE Exercise Science #

BDN Reports on 2014 ‘M’ Club Dean Smith Award Winners

The Bangor Daily News reported on the 2014 “M” Club Dean Smith Award winners at the University of Maine. The honor is given to the top male and female student-athletes who have displayed outstanding academic and athletic achievement along with citizenship and community service. UMaine field hockey player Holly Stewart, cross-country and track team member Kelton Cullenberg, and quarterback Marcus Wasilewski were selected as this year’s award recipients.

Press Herald Publishes Q&A with Creech

The Portland Press Herald published an in-depth Q&A session with Karlton Creech, the University of Maine’s new director of athletics. Creech spoke about his past, UMaine’s hockey and basketball programs, campus facilities and his goals for his new position.

UMaine to Honor 261 Student-Athletes for Academic Success at Feb. 25 Ceremony

The University of Maine announced 261 student-athletes will be honored and recognized for their academic success at the Scholar-Athlete Recognition Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25, 2014 in Wells Conference Center.

At the ceremony, 195 student-athletes will be recognized as scholar-athletes for achieving a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the 2013 year and/or having a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Sixty-six first-year student-athletes will be honored as rising stars for earning a 3.0 GPA or higher in their first semester at UMaine.

Now in its 25th year, the awards have been presented annually since 1989 and 3,189 medallions have been awarded. This is the 10th year in a row that more than half of the university’s student-athletes have been honored. The event is sponsored by the University of Maine Foundation, University Credit Union, the M Club and the Alumni Association.

“Recognizing over half of our student-athletes as scholar-athletes is an impressive accomplishment,” says UMaine Director of Athletics Karlton Creech. “This group exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete, excelling in both the classroom and in their sport. I congratulate them on this outstanding achievement.”

At the reception, UMaine will honor the student-athletes and also announce the annual recipients of the M Club Dean Smith Award, presented to the top male and female scholar-athlete. Team Maine will also be announced, honoring the sophomore, junior or senior from each team who has achieved the highest grade point average for the 2013 calendar year.

All scholar-athletes will receive a medallion, the color of which represents the number of years a recipient has earned the award. This year, 97 student-athletes will receive bronze medals signifying the first time they have received the award, 56 will receive silver medals signifying the second time they have won the award, and 36 will receive gold medals signifying the third time they have received the award. Four student-athletes will receive double gold medals for their fourth award.

A list of the student-athletes to be honored is available online.

WLBZ, WABI Interview Creech About New Role as Athletic Director

WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) spoke with Karlton Creech, the University of Maine’s new director of athletics, during his first week on the job. Creech, who was previously the senior associate director of athletics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC), said he has already seen a strong passion and pride for the university and the state of Maine which makes his job easier. He also said he plans to take it upon himself to make sure student-athletes are successful and to create a positive atmosphere for UMaine athletics.

Media Cover Play 4Kay Women’s Basketball Game

The Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5) and WLBZ (Channel 2) covered the University of Maine women’s basketball team’s Play 4Kay game. The team raised $13,585 for the Kay Yow Foundation to support breast cancer research. Coach Richard Barron, who dyed his hair pink for the game, made good on his promise to shave his head if the team met its goal of $10,000. Play4Kay is named after Yow, a longtime North Carolina State women’s coach who died of breast cancer in 2009.


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