March 25, 2019
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UMaine football team hires 2 more assistant coaches

Contributed | BDN
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Makana Garrigan, left, and Reggie Garrett

The University of Maine has added two assistant coaches as it prepares to begin spring workouts.

Reggie Garrett has joined the Black Bears as the cornerbacks coach, and Makana Garrigan has been hired as the running backs coach.

UMaine head coach Nick Charlton previously had made several staff changes, promoting Andrew Dresner to offensive coordinator and naming Michael Ryan as the defensive coordinator.

In January, Charlton also had elevated Pat Denecke to assistant head coach and run game coordinator in addition to his duties as the offensive line coach, and made Justin Flores the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.

The addition of Garrett and Garrigan brings Charlton closer to completing his staff.

Garrett comes to UMaine after three seasons at Temple, where he was a graduate assistant and director of on-campus recruiting, before last year when he became a defensive analyst and director of player personnel. He also worked two seasons at at Pace University and spent one season at the University of Rhode Island.

Garrett, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, played at Norfolk State, graduating in 2012 with a degree in building construction technology.

“I have known Reggie for a number of years and was always impressed with his work at Temple in a multitude of roles,” Charlton said. “Reggie will coach our corners and bring a great level of energy and expertise to our program.”

Garrigan joins the UMaine staff after spending three seasons at the University of Hawaii. He was a graduate assistant defensive coach for two years and then spent 2018 as the defensive quality control coach working with the linebackers.

Garrigan previously was a graduate assistant for one season working with defensive backs and linebackers at the University of Nevada where he spent three years as a student assistant.

Garrigan hails from Petaluma, California, where he was a two-way standout at Casa Grande High School. His college career was ended by an injury.

“Makana will be an outstanding addition to our football team after his time at the University of Hawaii,” Charlton said.

UMaine field hockey honored

The UMaine field hockey team has earned the Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Team Award.

The Black Bears, who posted a 3.27 team grade point average last fall, is one of 76 Division I programs to be honored. The award is given to teams for achieving a minimum team GPA of 3.0 during the fall semester.

Last month, 16 field hockey student-athletes were named to the America East Honor Roll, achieving a 3.5 GPA or higher.

The 2018 Black Bears posted a 16-5 record and advanced to the America East championship game for the second time in the past four years. UMaine finished 19th in the final NFHCA Coaches Poll.

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