Former UMaine assistant coach gets post with Iona men’s basketball team

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
The University of Maine men's basketball coaching staff in 2009 included assistant coaches Chris Markwood (second left), Doug Leichner, and head coach Ted Woodward.
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The University of Maine men's basketball coaching staff in 2009 included assistant coaches Chris Markwood (second left), Doug Leichner, and head coach Ted Woodward. Buy Photo

NEW ROCHELLE, New York — Former University of Maine men’s basketball assistant coach Doug Leichner has been named an assistant coach for the Iona College men’s basketball team, head coach Tim Cluess announced in a news release Monday.

“Doug brings a wealth of experience on the international recruiting side in addition to his ability to develop post performers,” Cluess said in the release. “We’re looking forward to having him come on board.”

Leichner spent nine of the last 10 years on the bench at the University of Maine, including the last five as associate head coach. He left UMaine after head coach Ted Woodward was fired in April.

While at Maine the last two summers, Leichner served as head coach of the Great Britain U20 National Team. He guided Great Britain to an unprecedented championship appearance and a promotion to U20 Division A European Championships. The team was 16-1 under his tenure.

Leichner’s duties in nine total seasons at Maine included recruitment coordinator, game scheduling, scouting of opponents, equipment ordering and purchasing, fundraising activities, practice organization and on-floor coaching as well as academic monitoring, advising and mentoring.

Prior to Maine, Leichner spent seven seasons as a high school head coach in Florida. He had stops at Osceola High School in Kissimmee and Merritt Island and Episcopal High School in Jacksonville.

In 1992, Leichner began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Naugatuck Valley Community Technical College in Waterbury, Connecticut. The team advanced to the NCAA Junior College Division II national tournament, advancing to the Elite Eight. He also served as an assistant coach during the 1996-97 season at NCAA Division II Stonehill.

 

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