CASTINE, Maine — David Muchnick has been named head coach for Maine Maritime Academy’s men’s basketball, MMA Director of Athletics Steve Peed announced in a news release Wednesday.
“Being a head college basketball coach has been a lifelong dream of mine, and to be able to do it at such a special place like Castine and the Maine Maritime Academy is truly an honor,” Muchnick said in the release. “Excited doesn’t even begin to describe my emotions as I think about the championship voyage that our program is about to begin on.”
Muchnick spent the past four seasons at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, New York, as an assistant coach for its men’s basketball team for 3 ½ years and as interim head coach since January.
He was responsible for recruiting, offensive execution, scouting opponents, academic support and day-to-day operations of the men’s basketball program.
“David was the only candidate in the field that brought a full understanding of the very unique demands placed upon our regimental students,” Peed said. ” He has demonstrated that he knows how to deliver a positive student-athlete experience in that environment.”
Muchnick was the top assistant men’s basketball coach at Denison University (Ohio) from 2008-10 and was the top assistant men’s basketball coach at SUNY Cortland from 2005-08.
He will also serve as MMA’s Intramural and Club sports director. He will assume his role July 7.
Guerrette returns to UMaine women’s basketball program
After spending a year away from the University of Maine women’s basketball program, former UMaine student-athlete Tracy Guerrette is returning to her former role as director of women’s basketball operations.
“We are all very excited to have Tracy back with us and equally pleased to still have Sam Wheeler working with our program as equipment manager,” head coach Richard Barron said in a news release. “There are few, if any, who love UMaine women’s basketball more than Tracy, and no one is more selfless in their work.”
Guerrette spent two seasons (2011-13) in the same post. She was in charge of team travel, meals and many other miscellaneous tasks, including most fundraising and community events.
Guerrette, a former Wisdom High of St. Agatha basketball standout, spent four years as head women’s basketball coach and sports information director for the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
She played for the Black Bears from 1998-2002 and served as captain her last two seasons.