Florida standout commits to UMaine for baseball, might try football

Posted Oct. 18, 2011, at 12:47 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 18, 2011, at 8:01 p.m.

A YouTube search of Shane Bussey will produce a 2010 football highlight reel featuring the young man from Boynton Beach, Fla.

Even though the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is a talented quarterback and linebacker, now at Park Vista High School, he considers baseball his first love.

Bussey plans to pursue his baseball career at the University of Maine and has verbally committed to join coach Steve Trimper’s program beginning in 2012.

Bussey, who made his official visit to Orono in September, expects to sign a National Letter of Intent next month.

“When I went up on my official visit on September 3, I basically just fell in love with it,” Bussey said. “It was competely different compared to Florida, but it was really beautiful up there.”

Trimper is prohibited by NCAA rules from commenting on a recruit until UMaine has received a signed NLI.

Bussey caught the eye of Jason Spaulding when the UMaine assistant coach traveled to Florida to do some recruiting late last spring after the Black Bears’ run to the America East championship and a berth in the NCAA Chapel Hill (N.C.) Regional.

Bussey is primarily a shortstop and righthanded pitcher who also is a switch hitter. He had been recruited by Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Bryant universities.

“Coach Spaulding was talking to me and he seemed like a great guy, which he turned out to be, and so are the other coaches,” Bussey said.

Bussey played his first three years at The King’s Academy, a private Christian school in West Palm Beach, Fla., but last spring transferred to Park Vista Community High School, a large public school in Lake Worth, Fla.

He is playing his first season of football for the Cobras, who are off to a 6-0 start. Bussey is entertaining the possibility of also playing football at UMaine.

“Baseball’s my No. 1 sport,” said Bussey, who has spoken with Bears football coach Jack Cosgrove about walking on at some point.

“We’ll see how everything goes,” Bussey said. “I think I want to focus more on baseball. I want to get drafted.”

Bussey is the youngest of three children. His oldest brother, Tommy, played baseball at Liberty University and his other brother, Lee, signed to play football at the U.S. Air Force Academy but was forced to give up the game because of a shoulder injury, Shane explained.

Bussey considers himself a good all-around baseball player and said he is probably a better shortstop than a pitcher, although his pitching continues to improve.

Bussey’s participation at UMaine is contingent upon his acceptance by the school and compliance with NCAA initial-eligibility guidelines.

SAINT JOSEPH’S HIRES DAIGLE

Saint Joseph’s College in Standish has announced it has hired Meghan Daigle as an assistant women’s basketball coach.

Daigle is quite familiar with the Monks program, having played for head coach Mike McDevitt from 2006-2010. She also served as a student assistant coach last season.

The two-time, all-conference pick from Grahtham, N.H., finished her SJC career with 817 points, 426 rebounds, 112 assists and 83 steals. Daigle ranks sixth in career free-throw percentage at .767 (217-for-283).

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