Machias, Maine, is a long way from Chattanooga, Tenn., but the athletic connections between colleges in the two places have helped facilitate the hiring of another staff member at Tennessee Temple University.
Brac Brady, who spent the last seven years at the University of Maine at Machias, has joined Tennessee Temple of the National Christian College Athletic Association as its head men’s basketball coach.
Brady, who also will serve as an assistant to the athletic director, takes over for Randy Lee, who also had preceded him as the head coach at UMM.
Kenrick Liburd, who played basketball at UMM and served as a student assistant in Lee’s final season there, led the TTU search committee that recommended Brady for the men’s basketball job.
Brady guided the Clippers to a 119-77 record in seven seasons, including the last two as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (Division II). He also had served as UMM’s athletic director since 2008.
Brady grew up in Bradenton, Fla., and played one year at Manatee Community College before transferring to Palm Beach Atlantic. He was a senior there during the 1995-96 season, when Lee served as a student assistant coach.
Liburd and Brady will serve as the women’s and men’s head coaches, respectively, at TTU. Lee reportedly has left coaching to work with Global Prep, a recruiting and athlete development company.
Last season, Tennessee Temple posted a 15-16 record.
Dagan leaves two MMA posts
Katrina Dagan, who was part of the Maine Maritime Academy staff for 10 years, has stepped down from two of her coaching positions.
Dagan, the wife of MMA women’s basketball coach and sports information director Craig Dagan, recently resigned her positions as the Mariners’ head volleyball and softball coach.
She will remain at MMA as the associate head coach of the women’s basketball program.
She has since been hired to work as a physical education and health teacher at Adams Elementary School in Castine and at Penobscot Community School.
Katrina Dagan, a Scarborough native, had directed the MMA volleyball program since its inception in 2003. Her teams compiled a 152-71 overall match record and three North Atlantic Conference championships in the last five seasons.
MMA owns a 40-match winning streak at Margaret Chase Smith Gymnasium.
Dagan guided the Mariners’ softball team to a 78-107 record that included five NAC tournament appearances and a spot in the 2010 finals.
She earned her B.S. (1998) and master’s (2000) degrees at Springfield College, where she was a three-year starter on the basketball team. Before heading to MMA, she was a high school health education teacher and an assistant coach at Springfield.
Rideout hired at Upper Iowa
Brandi Rideout of Mattawamkeag has been hired as the assistant athletic director for student-athlete services and the senior woman administrator at Upper Iowa University.
Rideout had spent the last five years as the director of student-athlete services at UMaine. She helped develop, coordinate and facilitate educational programming for 450 student-athletes and organized community outreach programs.
Rideout’s position at Upper Iowa, a Division II program, is a newly created one.
She is a graduate of Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln, where she played basketball and softball. Rideout then attended the University of Maine at Farmington, where she played three years of basketball and two years of softball for the Beavers before graduating in 2006.
Rideout also was an assistant basketball coach at Colby College in Waterville during the 2006-07 season.