May 26, 2018
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Maine Maritime Academy to remember coach

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

CASTINE, Maine — Maine Maritime Academy will hold a community remembrance for assistant football coach Richard E. Dykas at 5 Wednesday evening in the Harborview Dining Room of the Alfond Student Center. The remembrance originally was scheduled for 7 p.m., but was changed due to a potential conflict with another event on campus.

Dykas, who coached the defensive secondary for the MMA Mariners football team, died early Sunday morning in a single-car crash on Route 166 in Penobscot. Another MMA football coach, Steven F. Nackley, also was injured in the accident.

The accident remains under investigation by officers with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

The flag on the MMA campus flew at half-staff in honor of Dykas as the college community mourned. According to MMA spokeswoman Janice Zenter, an on-campus counselor has been available to meet with students affected by Dykas’ death.

Funeral services for Dykas have been scheduled in his hometown in Massachusetts. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Dedham. Visiting hours are 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at George F. Doherty & Sons funeral home in Dedham.

The college has announced it will provide travel assistance to students who want to attend the service.

The entire MMA football team will travel to Massachusetts for the funeral, accompanied by the coaching staff and MMA athletic director Eric Sabean, according to Zenter. The team will remain in Massachusetts and play an away game against Bridgewater State College on Saturday.

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