Kayla Brooks of Brewer (right), pictured during a game in 2015, has joined Renee Pelletier of Stearns High School in Millinocket in committing to the Husson University field hockey program. BDN File Credit: BDN file
[/media-credit] Kayla Brooks of Brewer (right), pictured during a game in 2015, has joined Renee Pelletier of Stearns High School in Millinocket in committing to the Husson University field hockey program. BDN File Credit: BDN file

University of Maine head football coach Joe Harasymiak has announced the addition of two coaches to his staff as well as an internal promotion.

Andrew Dresner joins the staff as a wide receivers coach while Dean Petzing has been hired as a tight ends coach. Jared Keyte has been promoted to special teams coordinator.

“They bring a wealth of experience to our program that will benefit us immediately” Harasymiak said in a news release. “With Nick Charlton’s move to offensive coordinator, we are thrilled to have Keyte fill the void as special teams coordinator.”

Dresner boasts eight years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently serving a season as the offensive coordinator at Pace University. He previously spent four seasons at Merrimack College, including two as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator before being promoted to pass game and recruiting coordinator for his last two campaigns.

Dresner also spent a year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute as the quarterbacks coach after starting his career with two seasons at his alma mater, Union College.

Petzing joins the Black Bears’ staff after two seasons at Ball State. He started as the assistant wide receivers coach before working as an assistant offensive line coach in 2017.

A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Petzing spent a year as tight ends coach at Villanova after a year on the defensive staff at Yale and two seasons as a student assistant with St. Lawrence.

Keyte, in his third year at UMaine, spent his first two seasons working with the linebackers. He had been a defensive quality control coach at Rutgers after two seasons on the defensive staff at Springfield College and a year stint coaching quarterbacks at Utica College.

Husson receives commitments

Renee Pelletier of Stearns High School in Millinocket and Kayla Brooks of Brewer High School have committed to continue their field hockey careers as students at Husson University in Bangor and Shannon Dowd will join the Eagles women’s soccer program.

Brooks, who was a defender for the Witches, plans to study criminal justice.

“Kayla is a hard worker. She brings energy and life to the team,” Brewer coach Sarah Estes said in a press release. “No one has a bad day when she’s around! She’s extremely motivated and gives 110 percent.”

Pelletier was an All-Penobscot Valley Conference defender as a senior for the Minutemen. She plans to study exercise science at Husson.

“Renee was a key player in our defense. I never worried about a ball when it went down her side of the field,” said Stearns coach Heather Girsa. “She always was able to clear the ball out and move it towards our offense”.

Coach Sabrina Smith’s Eagles went 14-6 last fall and won the North Atlantic Conference championship before advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Dowd is a striker from Quabbin Regional High School in Massachusetts, where she was a four-year player. The two-time captain earned all-conference honors in her last two seasons.

Dowd plans to study occupational therapy at Husson, which reached the NAC title game last season.

UMaine field hockey honored

The University of Maine field hockey team has been recognized with the 2017 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Academic Team Award.

Coach Josette Babineau’s team, which posted a 3.14 team grade point average last fall, was one of 74 Division I squads to receive the recognition.

The award is given to teams for achieving a minimum team GPA of 3.0 during the fall semester of the 2017-2018 academic year.

UMaine had a 12-6 record (6-2 America East) and shared the East Division regular-season championship with Albany. The Black Bears finished the season ranked No. 25 in the country.

Colby hockey tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for the Colby College men’s hockey team’s NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship semifinal game against St. Norbert College on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Those wishing to purchase tickets and sit with other Colby fans should call 518-523-3330 and ask to be seated in Section 5. For those not concerned with seating arrangements, you can buy tickets online at http://www.tickets.com/search/?s=olympic%20center.

The game also will be webcast on ncaa.com at https://www.ncaa.com/championship/liveplayer/player?gameId=2833253&date=2018/03/23.