ORONO, Maine — Matt King spent considerable time working out in the weight room during his time as a student-athlete at the University of Maine.
His work ethic helped the Stoughton, Mass., native earn All-Atlantic 10 first-team football honors before being selected as a consensus Division I-AA All-American at defensive end.
These days, King is a fixture in the weight room at Latti Fitness Center on campus, where he is working as UMaine’s acting director of speed, strength and conditioning.
King, whose appointment was announced recently, has been handling the duties since early last winter when Dan Nichol left to take a similar position at Western Michigan.
King has put together a staff that includes assistants Matt Murray and Tiana Riel, while former Black Bear football players Daren Stone and Kris Enslen also will help with the program.
King designs and implements the year-round speed, strength and conditioning programs for the football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and women’s soccer teams.
King also was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award given to the nation’s top defensive player and played professionally. Prior to his return, he worked for two years at Velocity Sports Performance and Premier Athlete Training in Foxborough, Mass.
King received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Maine in 2007 and is working on a master’s degree in exercise science.
Murray is responsible for the year-round speed, strength and conditioning programs for men’s and women’s ice hockey, along with men’s and women’s swimming and diving. He also assists with the football team.
He previously worked for two years at Northeastern University and also worked at DB Performance in Dedham, Mass.
Riel will concentrate her efforts on the track and field, softball and field hockey teams, while also assisting with football. The former All-American pentathlete was a volunteer for two years at the University of Alabama.
Stone is a former Atlantic-10 all-conference football player at Maine, playing safety and cornerback from 2003-2006. He assists in all aspects of the speed, strength and conditioning department with primary focus on football, baseball, and men’s and women’s basketball.
Enslen is in charge of the year-round speed, strength and conditioning programs for the field hockey program and assists with the football team. He was a member of the football team from 2008-2012 as a defensive lineman.