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Former UMaine star earns coaching promotion at Boston University

Michael Scott | BDN
Michael Scott | BDN
Rhode Island assistant basketball coach Cindy Blodgett talks some of her players during their game in Kingston, R.I. in a 2012 file photo.

Cindy Blodgett has earned a promotion.

The former University of Maine women’s basketball standout and head coach has been bumped up to associate head coach at Boston University.

Blodgett, a Clinton native who was a four-time All-American at UMaine, later coached the Black Bears for four seasons.

BU head coach Katy Steding announced Blodgett’s promotion on Monday.

“Cindy’s resume speaks for itself,” Steding said in a statement. “She is a proven winner and an asset at every level and in every capacity in her career. Although she is talented and driven at the observable qualities like recruiting and X’s and O’s, we know that the intangibles are the things that make a huge difference for BU Women’s Basketball. Cindy brings a human kindness to all of her relationships, mentoring coaches and players, meeting people right where they are at, and is a great developer of people. I’m proud and honored to have her as a friend and colleague.”

Blodgett, who arrived at Boston University prior to the 2014-2015 season, has two decades of coaching experience at Brown, UMaine, Rhode Island and BU.

“I’m truly honored and humbled for this promotion and feel so blessed to be a part of this university, athletic department, and the women’s basketball program,” the 41-year-old Blodgett said in a release. “Each day, I am thankful to have the opportunity to work for Coach Steding and to be able to interact and coach our amazing student-athletes at a place as special as Boston University.”

Blodgett, who turned an outstanding playing career at Lawrence High School in Fairfield into another one at UMaine, scored a state-record 2,596 career points in high school and led the nation in scoring in two of her four years with the Black Bears.

With another Lawrence alum in Nia Irving playing a prominent role in BU’s rotation, the Terriers posted an 11-7 record in the Patriot League last winter, the team’s highest conference win total since leaving America East for the league in 2013.

After her playing days at UMaine, Blodgett played four seasons in the WNBA and also spent time playing professionally in Korea and France.

Blodgett’s coaching career started in earnest at Brown University as an assistant in 2005 before being hired by her alma mater in 2007. She was a graduate assistant at BU during the 1999-2000 season.

Blodgett posted a 24-94 record as UMaine’s head coach before being fired in the spring of 2011, and spent 2011-2014 as an assistant at Rhode Island before heading to BU.

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