ORONO, Maine — Douglas Leichner, who served as an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Maine from 2004 through 2008, is returning to the Black Bears’ as the team’s top assistant under head coach Ted Woodward.
Leichner spent last season as head coach of the UCC Demons in the Irish Professional SuperLeague, and led that team to the “Treble,” which includes winning the Southern Conference championship, Irish National Cup championship and the SuperLeague title.
The Demons finished 22-1-1, and Leichner was named SuperLeague coach of the year, Eurobasket.com Ireland coach of the year and Streetball Ireland coach of the year.
In his four previous seasons at Maine, Leichner served as the lead international recruiter, worked with the team’s post players, and also assisted in the development of offensive and defensive schemes.
“It is tremendous to have a coach with as much knowledge, expertise and experience as Doug has return to our staff,” said Woodward in a release.
Leichner came to Maine for the first time after spending seven seasons as a high school coach in Florida. He also was an assistant coach at Stonehill College, Central Connecticut and Naugatuck Valley Community College in Connecticut.
Leichner has a career head coaching record of 137-83-1.
The 1992 graduate of Central Connecticut State earned a master’s degree in history from Western Connecticut in 1995.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to return to the men’s basketball program and the University of Maine,” Leichner said. “Head coach Ted Woodward is a true leader with a tireless commitment to the program, and with the team’s added experience and development it has the makings of a successful season. I will look to incorporate my experience last season in Europe for the betterment of the program and the student-athletes.”
Cole joins UM baseball staff
Mike Cole, who spent last season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Vermont, has been named to the baseball staff at the University of Maine.
The hiring reunites Cole with Maine head coach Steve Trimper, as the two worked together at Manhattan College.
“Mike is a wonderful addition to our staff,” said Trimper. “It’s great to be reunited with him once again. Known as a tireless recruiter and teacher, he will be a tremendous asset to our infielders and hitters.”
Cole replaces Jared Holowaty, who recently was named head coach at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.
Cole was a four-year starter at Vermont from 1997-2001, and upon graduation the former team captain was the school record holder in games played, doubles and RBIs while ranking second in career hits.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater from 2001-2004, helping the Catamounts to a school-record 32 victories in 2003 when the now-defunct Vermont program won its first AE regular-season title.
Cole was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Manhattan from 2004-2008. He served as the hitting coach, planned travel, assisted in position-player skill instruction and strength and conditioning, as well as fundraising.
Cole returned to UVM last year, serving as the hitting coach, coordinating travel and assisting with scheduling.