University of Maine football coach Jack Cosgrove has begun replenishing his staff with the addition of two new assistants.
Cosgrove on Friday announced the hiring of Jeff Ambrosie and Kyle Archer.
Ambrosie, who will lead the offensive line, comes to UMaine from the University of Rochester, where he spent the last four seasons as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
Previously, Ambrosie worked for two seasons as the run game coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Division I St. Francis (Pa.) of the Northeast Conference. The Cortland State graduate (sociology, 1998) also worked as a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh, did a two-year stint at Union College in Kentucky and was an assistant coach at Onondaga High School in New York for two years.
Ambrosie also holds a master’s degree in physical education and health from Union.
Archer arrives at UMaine after working for five seasons at Brown University in Rhode Island. He is slated to coach the wide receivers and serve as the co-coordinator of special teams for the Black Bears.
Most recently, Archer was the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator from 2009-11 after spending two seasons working with linebackers and special teams. He began his coaching career as a student assistant at Connecticut, where he earned an undergraduate degree with a concentration in coaching and administration.
“Both are high-quality young men who have had great starts to their coaching careers,” Cosgrove said in a press release. “We are fortunate that they have chosen to continue their coaching careers at the University of Maine.”
Ambrosie replaces Frank Giufre, who left UMaine to take a position with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. Archer fills the void left by Kevin Cahill who, along with defensive backs coach Steve Vashel, have moved on to Yale.
Joe Harasymiak has been promoted to defensive backs coach after working as a defensive assistant last season. He takes over for Vashel.
The Bears now must account for the recent loss of defensive coordinator Joe Rossi, who has been hired by Rutgers.
3 UMaine swimmers honored
Three UMaine swimmers have been selected for the America East All-Academic Teams.
Robbie Bickford, Cody Lachance and Carmen Linden were recognized for maintaining a minimum 3.30 grade point average and being a starter or important reserve while competing in at least 50 percent of the team’s meets.
Bickford, a sophomore biochemistry major from Milford, boasts a 4.0 GPA while Lachance, a sophomore forestry major, has a 3.53 GPA. Linden, a junior, who represents the women as the sociology major from Ottawa, Ontario, owns a 3.92 GPA.
UM hoop seeks summer campers
The UMaine women’s basketball program has started taking applications for its three summer basketball camps. It is offering individual clinics and a team camp.
High school players are invited to the Elite Camp, scheduled for two sessions June 16 and 17. They run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, with different events and skills planned for both.
The cost is $120 per session or $200 for both.
The new Team Camp is slated June 22-24 and is designed for high school and AAU teams. The fee is $400 per team, with housing and dining options available.
The Youth Camp, for players ages 9-18 of any experience level, is slated July 16-19. It will focus on basic fundamentals and drills with game play. The cost is $370 for overnight campers and $300 for commuters. Sessions finish at 8 p.m.
For information, download the summer camps brochure available at GoBlackBears.com or contact assistant coach Amy Vachon at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 581-3094.