Cahill, Vashel leave UMaine to join Yale staff

Posted Feb. 15, 2012, at 9:17 p.m.

Three weeks ago, Kevin Cahill was on the road recruiting for the University of Maine football team.

On Wednesday, he was in Atlanta on a recruiting trip in his new capacity with Yale University.

Cahill is appreciative for the opportunity to have worked at UMaine, but he could not turn down the chance to join the Yale staff.

“Financially, it was the logical move with a wife and two kids,” said the New York native, who spent four seasons working for Black Bears head coach Jack Cosgrove. “Professionally, I think this is going to help me in the long run.”

Cahill and Steve Vashel, who coached three seasons at UMaine, have both moved to Yale where they are working for new head coach Tony Reno. Their departure comes shortly after the announcement that offensive line coach Frank Giufre has been hired by the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

Most recently, Cahill served as the special teams coordinator and receivers coach at UMaine. Vashel was the defensive backs coach.

At Yale, the men have reunited with former UMaine receiver and assistant coach Dwayne Wilmot, who last month was hired as Yale’s recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach after working one season at Harvard.

As Cosgrove has explained in previous coaching moves, Cahill said the money offered by Yale was too good to pass up.

“It’s tough,” Cahill said. “Maine is an outstanding place. If you take the salaries away, it’s one of the best jobs in the country. You’ve got a great place to live, a great place to raise a family.”

For him, the most difficult aspect of leaving was parting ways with Cosgrove and the players with whom he had worked so closely.

“It’s unfortunate. I’ve worked for other guys and I wish every guy was like coach Cos and understood like he does,” Cahill said. “Through this whole process, he couldn’t have been better. It’s hard to leave him and it’s hard to leave the players.”

Cahill had joined the UMaine staff after two seasons each at Murray State and Tennessee-Martin. Last season, he helped UMaine overcome the loss of starting tight ends Derek Buttles and Jeff Falvey and starting wideouts Derrick Johnson and Maurice McDonald by tutoring youngsters Damarr Aultman and Art Williams.

Cahill is a 2001 graduate of Springfield College, where as a quarterback he was named the ECAC Division III New England Player of the Year in 1998. He also coached there and at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine before joining the Division I ranks.

Before UMaine, Vashel coached at Bucknell and Harvard along with a long stint at Bates College in Lewiston.

The departures leave Cosgrove scouring his extensive network of football contacts for some replacements as the Bears gear up for their spring workouts.

Canadian pitcher commits to UMaine

With the first pitch of the 2012 season only eight days away, the UMaine baseball program has added another recruit.

Dayton Dawe, a highly touted righthander pitcher from London, Ontario, has given a verbal commitment to attend UMaine next fall.

He was initially impressed with UMaine coach Steve Trimper.

“He was very personable. He knew what he was talking about,” Dawe said. “I knew that he was going to be a good coach by the way he presented himself.”

Trimper is prohibited by NCAA rules from commenting on a recruit until the university has received his signed National Letter of Intent.

Dawe also pointed to UMaine’s academic support system as an important factor in his decision.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Dawe appears to be a hot commodity. He is a member of the Canadian Junior National Team and features a fastball in the low 90s (mph). He said he also throws a two-seam fastball, a changeup and a curveball.

During his campus visit last fall, Dawe enjoyed talking with two UMaine players from Canada, junior Jeff Gibbs and former Ontario Terriers teammate Brian Doran, a freshman.

“He was very open and personable,” Dawe said of Gibbs. “He said he really loved Maine.”

Dawe, who is likely to be selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, is the fifth-ranked professional prospect in Canada, according to the Canadian Baseball Network.

Black Bears righthander Gibbs is No. 2 on that list.

The draft could alter Dawe’s plans in regard to college.

“If everything works out and everything’s in the right spot, I think I will go into the draft because it will better my chances of playing professional baseball,” which he called his dream.

Next month, Dawe will travel to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he will compete with the Canadian Junior National Team against players from the minor league systems of Major League Baseball organizations.

He is slated to pitch three times in relief during the eight-day event. Dawe will then join the Terriers during their visit to Florida.

Dawe’s participation at UMaine is subject to his acceptance by the university and compliance with NCAA initial eligibility guidelines.

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