ORONO — Longtime Dirigo of Dixfield basketball coach Gavin Kane has been named an assistant coach for the University of Maine women’s basketball team, UMaine head coach Cindy Blodgett announced Monday.
“I’m excited to announce that we have hired Gavin Kane to be a member of our University of Maine women’s basketball staff,” Blodgett said in a press release.
“Gavin has an unparalleled track record of success coaching both men’s and women’s basketball. I’m confident that he will impact our program in multiple ways both on and off the court. Gavin is driven, a person of integrity, and has incredible passion for the game of basketball.”
UMaine lost two of its three assistant coaches after last season as Kelley Gibson and Catherria Turner left to pursue other coaching opportunities while assistant coach Justin Rees stayed at UMaine for his third season.
Kane coached the girls basketball team at Dirigo from 1994 through 2007, posting a mark of 263-17, winning a state record 11 consecutive Western Maine championships from 1995 to 2005. He finished with 12 straight Mountain Valley Conference Championships. He coached Dirigo to state championships in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005. He coached three Miss Maine Basketball finalists, five 1,000-point scorers and numerous future Division I, II and III athletes.
Kane also has served as the boys basketball coach at Dirigo since 2005. During that span, he has compiled a record of 74-10 and earned his 400th career coaching victory.
The Cougars finished as Western Maine Class C champions in 2009, after finishing as runners-up the previous two years. The squad was Mountain Valley Conference champions in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Kane also coached 2009 Mr. Maine Basketball and Maine Gatorade Player of the Year Thomas Knight, a 6-foot-9 center who has accepted a basketball scholarship to attend Notre Dame beginning this fall.
Before coaching at Dirigo, Kane was a men’s basketball assistant coach at the University of Maine-Farmington. He was involved in scouting, recruiting and practice instruction. He also served as head coach of the Maine Hurricanes AAU team, which finished as state champions in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996.
Kane also coached the Rangeley boys basketball team from 1986 to 1994, winning a state championship in 1989.
In addition to basketball, Kane has served as a baseball recruiter and scout at Bates College, in Lewiston. He also has coached high school golf, softball and baseball.
Kane played basketball for the University of Maine-Augusta, where he served as a team captain.
Maine track stars compete
Three University of Maine track and field athletes participated in the Canadian Track and Field championships at the University of Toronto over the weekend.
Vicki Tolton turned placed fourth in the 400 meters in 55.97 seconds. Jessica Bond was eighth in the javelin, throwing 137 feet, 2 inches, while Allyson Howatt was 17th in the 100 dash preliminaries in 12.51 and 26th in the 200 prelims in 25.42.
Flaherty, Murphy to guide Bates
Jim Murphy and Carla Flaherty will coach the Bates College women’s soccer team this fall, athletic director Kevin McHugh announced Monday.
Murphy has coached women’s soccer and basketball at the school since 1994, and once coached Flaherty on the women’s basketball team.
Flaherty graduated from Bates in 2003, and she coached the women’s soccer team on an interim basis last fall while Murphy took a semester’s sabbatical.
“To provide the best possible support for the Bates student-athletes, our goal is to eventually be able to split the two-sport head coaching positions that we currently have,” said McHugh in a press release. “We are not able to do so at this point, but with Carla Flaherty having served as the head women’s soccer coach last fall while Jim Murphy was on sabbatical, moving to co-head coaches with Jim returning is the next practical step toward that goal.”
Murphy will retain his status as the sole head coach of the women’s basketball squad with Flaherty as his assistant.
Bates compiled a 6-8 record under Flaherty last fall, an improvement from a 4-10 mark in 2007, only the second sub-.500 season in Murphy’s 14 years at the helm.
After she graduated, Flaherty became an assistant women’s basketball coach in 2004, then joined the women’s soccer program as an assistant in 2005.