BANGOR, Maine — Husson University has added a men’s cross country team to the list of the NCAA teams the school offers and has named track and field coach Chris Wood as coach of both the men’s and women’s cross country teams, the school announced in a press release Tuesday.

Husson added a women’s cross country team in the fall of 2010, outdoor track and field for this spring and will have indoor track and field for the winter of 2012-13 for a total of 17 NCAA teams at the university.

“We are delighted about the addition of men’s cross country to the athletics offerings here at Husson University,” Husson Athletic Director Bob Reasso said in the release. “On behalf of our entire athletics staff, I would like to thank [Husson] President [Robert] Clark for his help in shaping the vision of our athletic department. With the addition of four sports over three years, this is a very exciting time for the athletic department and our student-athletes.”

Wood replaces Jim Karcanes, who coached the women’s cross country team for two seasons. Wood said he is eager to begin his new duties.

“I am very excited about being promoted from assistant to head cross country coach for next season,” said Wood, who is the head of Husson’s sports performance department.

“I have no doubt that the quality of the program will continue to increase from what coach Karcanes has done in the previous two seasons,” Wood added. “Jim has won [North Atlantic Conference] coach of the year, his teams have won the past two NAC sportsmanship awards, and this past season we won our conference title under his leadership. Replacing him with be a tough task, but one that I plan on succeeding at.”

Abbott named regional MVP

University of Maine men’s hockey player Spencer Abbott picked up another award Tuesday when he was named the Leonard Fowle Most Valuable Player and received the Herb Gallagher Award for best forward on the New England Division I men’s hockey all-star teams selected by the New England Hockey Writers Association.

Joining Abbott on the all-star team as forwards were UMaine teammates Joey Diamond and Brian Flynn and Will O’Neill, who was selected as a defenseman. Abbott also earned a spot on the All-College Hockey News first team.

Abbott, who recently was named the Hockey East player of the year, is the nation’s leading scorer with 21 goals and 41 assists while Flynn finished second for UMaine in scoring with 18 goals and 30 assists.

Diamond recorded 25 goals and 22 assists for Maine while O’Neill finished with three goals and 30 assists.

Bowdoin College defenseman Jordan Lalor earned a spot on the Division III New England All-Star team after finishing fifth in the nation for points per game as a defenseman (1.12).

German recruit visits UMaine

The UMaine men’s basketball team on Tuesday entertained a potential future Black Bear in Till Gloger.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Germany, made a visit to the Orono campus and participated in some pickup action inside Memorial Gymnasium along with players from UMaine and Lee Academy.

Gloger has been a dominating force for the Paderborn Baskets in the German U19 League (Die Nachwuchs Basketball Bundesliga). According to, he leads the league in scoring (25.2 points per game) and rebounding (13.5 rpg).

He is showing 56 percent from the field while averaging 2.3 steals in 36.1 minutes per contest.

According to the website, Gloger has a polished assortment of post moves and a solid turnaround jump shot. He utilizes good footwork and fakes to help compensate for a lack of explosiveness in his jumping and lateral quickness.

Gloger is finishing high school, but reportedly is also considering staying with Paderborn unless he can find a school that is a good fit and will help him develop his hoop skills. Tulane also had shown interest in him.