ORONO, Maine — Former University of Maine football head coach Tom Lichtenberg passed away on Sunday, May 26 following a battle with an extended illness. He was 72 years old.
“The thoughts and prayers of Black Bear Nation are with the family and friends of Coach Lichtenberg,” Black Bears head football coach Jack Cosgrove said in a press release. “Coach Lichtenberg had a tremendous impact both on and off the field during his time at Maine.”
Lichtenberg spent one year as head coach of the Maine football program as he guided the Black Bears to a 9-3 record and a Yankee Conference Championship in 1989.
That UMaine team reached the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, where it lost 38-35 to Southwest Missouri State.
He finished with a 26-59-3 career record as a college head coach, which included two years at Morehead State and a five-year stint at Ohio University.
Lichtenberg’s son, Anthony “Bubba” Lichtenberg, was an all-state quarterback at Bangor High School that same season and also played basketball for the Rams.
Visiting hours for Tom Lichtenberg are scheduled for Thursday, June 8, beginning at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the Lichtenberg family has requested that donations be made to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. To donate, visit FCA.org.