February 23, 2018
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Turcotte a preseason All-American

By Pete Warner

It took only one season for Jared Turcotte to leave a lasting impression in the Football Championship Subdivision ranks.

The University of Maine fullback has been selected as a first-team preseason All-American by The Sports Network, it was announced Friday.

The former Lewiston High School star was the only sophomore recognized as a preseason All-American and was among 20 Colonial Athletic Association players to claim a spot on one of TSN’s three teams.

Turcotte, a 6-foot-2, 221-pounder, previously was named a second-team preseason All-American by Consensus Draft Services.

Turcotte follows in the footsteps of former teammate Jovan Belcher, who was a preseason All-American last year and emerged as a consensus first-team All-American after being named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year.

Turcotte built a reputation last fall as a freshman for coach Jack Cosgrove’s Black Bears. He led UMaine with 625 rushing yards and seven touchdowns and played a dual role as a fullback/tight end. He went on to garner All-CAA first-team recognition while earning All-America honors from College Sporting News and TSN.

UMaine opens its season Sept. 3 at home against Division II St. Cloud State (Minn.)

Fiorillo named to UMaine staff

UMaine women’s basketball coach Cindy Blodgett announced Friday she has completed her staff with the hiring of Caren Fiorillo.

Fiorillo arrives in Orono after spending the last three seasons at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. While there, she handled recruiting, film exchange and created scouting reports. She also worked with the Lady Bobcats’ players on skill development.

“Caren has a solid understanding of what it takes to build a program and will help provide the energy, passion and work ethic that is crucial as we continue to grow as a program here at Maine,” Blodgett said in a press release.

“Caren has extensive recruiting experience and has shown the ability to build strong and sincere relationships that foster successful recruiting and community building.”

Fiorillo is a native of Meadville, Pa. She attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., where she was a member of the basketball team before graduating in 2006 with a B.A. in sport management with a minor in business.

Upon graduation, Fiorillo worked with Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman as an intern as her summer basketball camps. Fiorillo was in charge of marketing and directing Lieberman clinics in Dallas, Phoenix and Detroit.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to join the University of Maine women’s basketball program,” Fiorillo said in a statement. “The program is definitely headed in the right direction under coach Blodgett and I look forward to helping her build the program into what she believes it will become.”

Fiorillo also has been active in the community, having worked with the YMCA Little Dribblers in St. Augustine and the Boys and Girls Club of McKinney, Texas.

Katori new Colby softball coach

Kristina “KK” Katori has been hired as the head softball coach at Colby College in Waterville.

She replaces Dick Bailey, who retired in May after 13 seasons at Colby and 11 years at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.

It will be the second stint on Mayflower Hill for Katori, who was an assistant for the White Mules from 2001-2006. She also will assist with the volleyball team in the fall.

Katori recently completed her third season as the head coach at SUNY New Paltz, where her teams posted a 61-58 combined record with two postseason appearances.

The native of Charlton, Mass., had been the senior woman administrator and compliance coordinator at New Paltz since January 2008.

Katori was a basketball and softball standout at Nichols College, where she earned a B.A. in English in 1998. She received a master’s in athletic administration from Plymouth State in 2002 and was an assistant softball and basketball coach there.

UMF’s Thurston steps down

Sara Thurston, who for the last two seasons had directed the University of Maine-Farmington volleyball team, has stepped down from the post.

Thurston’s teams compiled a 20-25 record and qualified for the North Atlantic Conference playoffs both years.

A search has begun to fill the part-time position.

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