April 20, 2018
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SPORTS TALK: Prominent UMaine grads comment on AD search

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff


The University of Maine is in the process of hiring a new athletic director.

Three prominent University of Maine graduates were asked about what the search committee should prioritize and what the new athletic director’s prime emphasis should be.

JOE FERRIS, former College World Series Most Valuable Player:

“Clearly, the new athletic director has to be able to raise money. That’s a big part of the problem. And they have to be able to hire good coaches.”

DENNIS LIBBEY,  former Maine baseball co-captain, past president of the school’s “M” Club and one of the founders of the Friends of Maine Baseball group:

“The top priority (for the search committee) is to hire somebody who understands the situation at Maine, who likes being at Maine and whose family likes living in the Bangor-Orono area. Then the new AD has to work with the new president to ensure that our coaches have what they need to compete within their conference. I can’t emphasize enough that they want an AD who wants to be here. Obviously, the new AD has to be a fundraiser and they’re going to have to make some tough decisions pertaining to some of our programs right now. I think our coaches need direction and a strong AD will do that for those coaches.”

STU HASKELL, former Maine athletic director and Hockey East commissioner:

“To me, the number one priority of the new AD should be to recognize, recruit and hire coaches that can win at Maine. Some presidents make the mistake of hiring someone who is a fundraiser (first and foremost). You can’t raise money on the backs of poor (losing) programs. You can’t do it. If you’re programs aren’t successful, even the greatest fundraiser in the world would be a failure.”

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