Recent discussions about the performance of the University of Maine men’s basketball program under 10th-year head coach Ted Woodward has led to the discovery of an error by the BDN in reporting his contract terms.
In September 2011, the university gave Woodward a contract extension that is scheduled to take him through June 30, 2016, the final day of that fiscal year. It came on the heels of a four-year deal he signed in November 2007.
However, in UMaine’s press release announcing the move, dated Dec. 22, 2011, it characterized the new term as being “through the 2015 season.” At the time, the America East Conference also reported the extension as being through the 2014-2015 season.
The BDN’s references to Woodward’s contract subsequent to the 2011 announcement were based on the interpretation of the extension being valid through June 2015.
Woodward’s September 2011 extension, which was tied to the previous deal he received in November 2007, shows that he is under contract through June 30, 2016.
UMaine first-year director of athletics Karlton Creech recently said that as part of his annual review he plans to sit down with Woodward, and all head coaches, to review the season and discuss the future of the program.
If UMaine officials decided to terminate Woodward’s contract without cause prior to June 30, 2016, the university would have to pay him one year’s salary ($100,000), not two years, in monthly installments, according to the contract terms.
Woodward, who is in his 18th season on the staff, has come under fire after UMaine went 6-23 overall (4-12 America East), the program’s fewest victories since 1955-56 and its second-lowest winning percentage (.207) ever.
The Black Bears’ loss to Stony Brook in the America East tournament was its ninth straight in a first-round or quarterfinal game under Woodward.
UMaine had an 11-19 record during 2012-2013. That prompted a meeting in May 2013 between Woodward, UMaine President Paul Ferguson and then-athletics director Steve Abbott to discuss the direction of the program.