Former Maine Central Institute golf coach Michael Dugas has been named the head coach of the Husson University golf program, the school announced in a news release Thursday.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to coach the men’s golf team at Husson University. I will work hard to keep up the rich tradition of success that has been built within the program,” Dugas said in the release.
“We have a solid core of players returning for the fall season and it will be a pleasure to work with each of them. I am looking forward to the season and plan to hit the ground running working with [student-athletes] and current team members,” he added.
Dugas coached at MCI in Pittsfield from 1996 to 2000, where he led the team to the Class B state title in 1997. He was named the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference’s Class B coach of the year in 1997 and ’98.
Dugas has been a member of the PGA and a PGA pro since 1994 and works as the head golf pro at J.W. Parks Golf Course in Pittsfield.
“We are thrilled to have Mike Dugas take the reins of our men’s golf program. I am confident that he will continue the outstanding tradition and success that is Husson men’s golf,” said Husson Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi. “Thanks again to [former coach] Ed Meo for all of his outstanding work.”
While with the PGA, Dugas served as rules examiner, conducting and officiating player ability tests in the central New York. He also served on the Maine Chapter of the New England PGA board of directors from 1999 to 2000 and was president of the Maine chapter from 2000 to 2006.
As a player, Dugas competed on the Ben Hogan Tour in 1992, was the 1994 Emmitt Kelly masters champion in Syracuse, New York, and the 2002 Maine PGA Player of the Year.
UMaine soccer team seeks more fans
The University of Maine women’s soccer team’s 2014 schedule includes a theme for each of the eight games at Alumni Field in Orono, head coach Scott Atherley announced in a news release Thursday.
“The 2014 schedule is competitive and balanced,” said Atherley in the release. “To play eight games on home soil will help us better endure the demands of the season. Our non-conference opponents present unique challenges. By the time we begin conference play we should be well tested.”
Atherley said his program has worked closely with the school’s marketing department to devise ways to increase fan participation at games.
“We will be sponsoring a number of events, contests and promotions to enhance the fan experience. We are looking forward to playing in front of enthusiastic crowds this fall,” he said.
Maine kicks off the season at home at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, against Quinnipiac on High School Day. Bryant comes to town at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, on Club Soccer Day. The Black Bears are then at Fairfield on Aug. 29 (7 p.m.) and Fordham on Aug. 31 (1 p.m.).
The remainder of the schedule is: Sept. 5, at Holy Cross (7 p.m.); Sept. 7, Northeastern (1 p.m.); Sept. 12, North Dakota State (4 p.m.); Sept. 19, at Central Connecticut State (7 p.m.); Sept. 21, at Rhode Island (1 p.m.); Sept. 25, at Binghamton (noon); Oct. 2, at Stony Brook (7 p.m.); Oct. 5, New Hampshire (1 p.m.); Oct. 9, Vermont (TBA); Oct. 12, at UMBC (1 p.m.); Oct. 16, Hartford (TBA); Oct. 19, at UMass Lowell (1 p.m.); and Oct. 26, Albany (1 p.m.).