Sixth-year University of Maine women’s basketball coach Richard Barron may miss the trip to Bryant University (Rhode Island) for Saturday afternoon’s game because of an undisclosed illness.
Tyson McHatten, UMaine assistant athletic director for media relations, said Barron has not been at practice this week because of his illness and that he hadn’t heard from the coach regarding his status for the trip.
Barron didn’t return a call seeking comment.
The UMaine women are scheduled to practice on Friday morning before boarding the bus to Smithfield, Rhode Island.
If Barron is unable to make the trip, associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Amy Vachon would be the likely candidate to handle the coaching duties. Augusta native Vachon, a former UMaine star and a 2016 inductee into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, has been an assistant at her alma mater for six seasons.
Second-year assistant Edniesha Curry and first-year assistant Samantha Baranowski join Vachon on the UMaine bench.
Barron was on the bench at last Saturday’s 60-55 victory over Dartmouth College at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor but sent Curry to address the media at the post-game press conference.
Barron signed a four-year contract extension in April after guiding the Black Bears to two consecutive WNIT appearances and a 50-18 record, including a 29-3 America East mark.
His overall record at UMaine is 84-85.
His current freshman-laden squad is 5-5 and will be looking for its third straight victory against a 4-5 Bryant University team.