Chris Bessey has been named baseball head coach at the University of Maine-Farmington, the school’s athletic director, Julie Davis, announced Monday.
“We are very excited to have Chris Bessey join the athletics staff,” said Davis. “He brings a wealth of coaching experience to the program and there is no doubt that his passion for baseball and extensive network will serve him well in recruiting top student-athletes to the university.”
Bessey returns to UMF after attending the school from 1989-1993 and playing baseball and men’s basketball. He replaces Dick Meader, who spent 18 seasons as the UMF baseball coach.
“Being an alumni of UMF and being a high school coach, I am very excited to progress to the college level,” said Bessey.
In May, UMF announced organizational restructuring that allows a separation of responsibilities for coaching baseball and men’s basketball. Meader will continue to coach men’s basketball. Additionally, Meader will continue to instruct in the coaching minor and assist the department more in event management and special projects in admissions/development.
Bessey comes to UMF after 14 seasons as the head baseball coach at Jay High School, where he amassed 141 wins, including a Class C state title in 2002 and berths in the regional semifinals six times.
He also coached the Jay girls basketball team for the past seven seasons, claiming a Class C state title in 2009, and previously led the Jay boys basketball team for three years (1998-2001).
Bessey will be inducted into the UMF Athletics Hall of Fame in October for his performance as a two-sport student-athlete. In baseball, he holds the program’s career record in triples and is second in stolen bases. In men’s basketball, he is third on the career scoring list with 1,641 points and maintains the standard for career steals.
He graduated from UM-Farmington with a bachelor’s degree in community health in 1993. He and his two brothers own and operate Bessey Designs in Auburn.
Biggs resigns UNE post
Andy Biggs has resigned as men’s soccer coach at the University of New England, athletic director Kim Allen announced Monday.
Biggs, who led the Nor’easters the past four seasons, has accepted an assistant coaching position at another New England institution.
He posted a 23-37 record at UNE, including the program’s first 10-win season since 1997 this past year. UNE also advanced to two finals in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
“Andy did a very good job in his four years here,” Allen said. “He leaves our program in a solid position, and we wish him nothing but the best with his future endeavors.”
A search is under way to find a replacement for Biggs.