The University of Maine men’s basketball program has expanded its recruiting in recent years to bring in several international players, both from Canada and overseas.
Now, the Black Bears have imported an assistant coach.
UMaine head coach Ted Woodward on Friday announced he has filled the vacancy on his coaching staff with the hiring of Nate Philippe.
Philippe, a native of Toronto, replaces Chris Markwood, a former UMaine player from South Portland who has joined the coaching staff at America East rival Vermont.
Philippe comes to UMaine from the University of North Dakota, where last season he helped the Fighting Sioux win the Great West Conference Tournament Championship. He was responsible for recruiting, scouting and monitoring players’ academic progress and also worked with post players.
“I am very pleased to have Nate join our program,” said Woodward in a press release. “He brings tremendous experience as a coach and is a proven recruiter at the Division I level. He is a tremendous addition to our staff, and we look forward to him being a Black Bear!”
During 2009-10, Philippe was an assistant coach at York University in Toronto, Ontario, and served as the associate head coach at the Regional Elite Development Academy in Hamilton, Ontario.
The previous season, he was the head coach at West Hill Collegiate Institute, where he led the team to a 30-8 record, an appearance in the Toronto Championship Game and a run to the Elite Eight of the Ontario Provincial Tournament.
Philippe has deep roots in the AAU circuit, serving as head coach for Grassroots Canada Elite AAU after serving as an assistant coach at Centennial College in Toronto.
He played at the University of Prince Edward Island for two seasons before moving onto St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he led the team to two appearances in the AUS Championship game and the CIS National Tournament twice.
Philippe and his wife, Toni, have a son, Isaac, who will be 2 in December.
FALMOUTH’S MANCINI JOINS BEARS
Stefano Mancini of Falmouth has joined the UMaine men’s basketball team this semester as a walk-on, which means he will not receive athletic scholarship money.
The 6-foot shooting guard arrived at UMaine after spending last year at New Hampton School, a prep school in New Hampshire where former Black Bear Freddy Petkus was an assistant coach last season.
In high school, Mancini starred for Falmouth High, propelling the Yachtsmen to the 2009 Class B state championship. He was a Bangor Daily News All-Maine first-team selection in 2010 after averaging 21.7 points and 3.9 rebounds as a senior for coach David Halligan.
The Mr. Maine Basketball finalist also was named the Gatorade Circle of Champions Maine Player of the Year.
NEWTON SETS UM SCORING MARK
UMaine field hockey forward Kelly Newton scored three goals Friday, becoming the all-time goal scorer in program history.
The senior nursing major from Vancouver, British Columbia, set the mark with a first-half goal, the 48th of her career. She went on to score twice more in the contest.
Newton eclipsed the record held by Janet Hoskin, who scored 47 goals from 1978-81.
She is a three-time, All-America East first-team honoree and was the conference rookie of the year in 2008.