ORONO, Maine — Seth Woodcock, The University of Maine’s Associate Director of Athletic Development, is serving as the chair of the committee conducting a nationwide search to replaced fired Ted Woodward as the Black Bears men’s basketball head coach.
The university revealed the names of the six committee members on Wednesday, eight days after its first meeting. UMaine had cited compliance with human resources procedures for not divulging the names initially.
Creech said last week that he is overseeing the efforts of the group, although he is not a member of the committee.
Woodcock will help direct a search committee that appears to have a more youthful makeup than some in the recent past. The group also includes, in alphabetical order, faculty member Niclas Erhardt, associate AD for compliance and Senior Woman Administrator Eileen Flaherty, former men’s basketball player Kevin Reed, associate director of human relations Megan Sanders, and women’s basketball assistant coach Amy Vachon.
Woodcock and Flaherty both served on the search committee that helped identify candidates for the UMaine athletic director position that was eventually awarded to Creech.
Erhardt, an assistant professor in business management, has a Ph.D. from the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. Flaherty, who oversees UMaine’s NCAA recruiting and compliance, is a former basketball and soccer player at Bryant University who has a master’s in sports management.
Reed was an all-conference performer and a two-year captain for the UMaine basketball team between 2002 and 2007. He went on to play professionally for three seasons in Europe. He now is the athletic director at Bangor Christian School, where he coached the boys basketball team for three seasons.
Vachon was a basketball standout at Cony High School in Augusta and at UMaine. She helped the Black Bears make four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 1996-2000. The two-time captain, UMaine’s career assists leader, has been on coach Richard Barron’s staff for three seasons.
UMaine football players honored
University of Maine football student-athletes Arron Achey, Michael Mangiarelli and Marcus Wasilewski have been named to the 2014 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society.
The Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.
Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:
— Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL draft) at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university;
— Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
— Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress toward degree requirements.
NAC baseball tourney begins Friday
The North Atlantic Conference baseball tourney gets underway Friday in Whitingham, Vt., when top seed and tourney host Castleton State will take on No. 4 Lyndon State at 11 a.m., followed by a 2:30 p.m. game between No. 3 UMaine-Farmington and No. 2 Husson University, the defending champ.
Three games are set for Saturday in the double-elimination tourney, with the conference champ to be crowned Sunday.
Thomas’ Ming to play in PDL
Thomas men’s soccer player Tre Ming has been selected to play in the United States Soccer League Premier Development League this summer for IMG Academy out of Bradenton, Fla.
The PDL is the highest level of soccer a college player can compete in without signing a professional contract and losing eligibility.
Ming, who transferred to Thomas after one season at Elmira College where he was named Empire 8 Rookie of the Year, tallied six goals, a team-leading eight assists, and 20 points for the Terriers this past fall.
Ming joins fellow countryman Casey Castle, Drewonde Bascome, and Jaylen Harvey to join the IMG Academy squad.
“We are excited to have four of Bermuda’s finest footballers join the IMG PDL team for the 2014 season. This just further strengthens the great working relationship that exists between IMG and the BFA,” Scott Dean, IMG director of soccer, said.
“We are very proud of Tre and his great accomplishment,” Thomas coach Chris Parsons said. “The PDL is a proven feeder program for professional soccer in and outside the United States.”