Greetings From the UMPI Athletics Department

WSOC Hanna Nadeau So. (Madawaska, ME).
MSOC Andre Rossignol So. (Van Buren, ME).
UMPI Invitational Men’s XC.
Vball Maddi Thweatt Jr. (Middleton, ID).

The University of Maine at Presque Isle Athletic Department is excited for another great school year and all the upcoming 2019-2020 sports seasons.  The year is off to a great start with fall roster sizes being the highest they have been in years.  The excitement around our athletic teams continues to grow each year.  The start of our school year also marked the opening of play for NCAA Division III fall sports.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams started the year off with a pair of wins on the road at Vermont Tech.  The men defeated the VT Knights 4-0, while the women’s team won their game 4-1.  Men’s and women’s cross country hosted the UMPI Invitational on Saturday, August 31, with the women taking third place and the men finishing in fourth place.  At the event UMPI athletics honored Coach Chris Smith for his 30+ years of service.  Women’s volleyball fought hard but fell in their opening matches on the road playing some of the toughest teams in the nation, including nationally ranked Babson College.  Men’s golf practices are now underway and their first match will be Sept. 17 at the Waterville Country Club as they compete in the Thomas Invitational.

The athletics department would like to make the campus aware of personnel changes as well as welcome some new, but familiar, faces to the department.  UMPI athletics welcomes newcomers Alissa Edwards (Head Softball Coach), Eric Macek (Athletic Trainer) and Shea Cushman (Nordic Ski) to the staff: all recent UMPI graduates.  Aaron Marston will start his first official year as the Women’s Soccer Head Coach after taking over midseason last year, when he helped lead the Owls to two wins in their last six games.  Mark Knight will take over the role of Sports Information Director. Gavin Kane will continue as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach, while also serving as the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Golf Coach.

The UMPI men’s and women’s Nordic Ski teams will compete in the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) starting this upcoming season. Previously, Nordic Ski competed at the NCAA level.  The shift in Nordic Ski to the USCSA was made to better align with the department’s mission to provide the best overall student-athlete experience that allows student-athletes to have a well-balanced collegiate experience.  UMPI has a rich history of performing well at the USCSA national level prior to its NCAA affiliation.

The Owls enter their second year in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), no longer the newcomers as we welcome SUNY Delhi entering the NAC for this 2019-20 year.  Cazenovia College, SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Polytechnic Institute will be joining the conference as full members in the 2020-21 year. This will bring the NAC to a 12 team conference and aligns with the conference’s goal to get to an East/West conference model to help decrease travel and missed class time.

“The athletic department continues to grow each year and we could not be more excited for the upcoming year,” Director of Athletics Dan Kane said.  “With the growth of the conference to 12 members starting in the fall of 2020, it helps stabilize the conference as well as ensure the conference maintains their automatic qualifier status for national championships.”

The NCAA requires that conferences have a minimum of seven teams to sponsor a sport to maintain an automatic qualifier to nationals.  With the membership expansion of the NAC, all NCAA sponsored sports at UMPI will compete in a sport that allows them to advance to the NCAA National Tournament if they win the North Atlantic Conference Championship.

If any student is interested in trying out for a sport please reach out the perspective coach of that sport or contact Dan Kane at Daniel.c.kane@maine.edu.  Go Owls!

Owls Flying On and Off the Court

Dan talking to his players on the bench during a game.

Recruiting is the first part of building a college basketball roster. Establishing trust, buying into the system and creating a culture comes next. Players with diverse backgrounds, from all over the country, need to come together as one. The coach recruits them to play basketball. There are some coaches who go beyond that and want their players to have successful lives as students, athletes and as people. Daniel Kane, second-year head coach and athletic director at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, brings his players together with honesty, commitment and trust. Continue reading “Owls Flying On and Off the Court”

Season of Change

UMPI_s Emily Ward attacks the ball in victorious 3-0 game vs. Unity on Oct.

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s women’s soccer team faced what could have been a major setback mid-season. Last season former coach, Trevor Parent, announced his resignation. Rallying together after the announcement, the team members pushed through a series of changes. Dan Kane, UMPI’s athletic director and head coach of the men’s basketball team, was there for the women when the news broke. Assuring the team that a temporary coaching staff would be assembled, Kane eagerly got to work. Continue reading “Season of Change”

Playoff Game Shows Owls’ Cohesiveness and Bright Future

Dan and the UMPI Owls discussing the gameplan in the huddle during a timeout.

On Feb. 16, the University of Maine at Presque Isle played SUNY Canton in the North Atlantic Conference quarterfinal playoff game. It was a back-and-forth game with many turning points. The Owls showed that they have a bright future because of their continuity and star power. They will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come in the NAC. In the game, the Owls tried to fly with their speed, while the Roos punched back with their size. Continue reading “Playoff Game Shows Owls’ Cohesiveness and Bright Future”

Coming Home for Soccer

The University of Maine at Presque Isle held women and men’s soccer games with SUNY Canton of New York at Park Family Field to celebrate Homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

The UMPI women’s soccer team kept passing the ball very well.  In the first half, Hannah Nadeau overpowered defenses and got the first goal of the game at 5:54. In the second half, SUNY Canton got the chance to equalize the score.  Allison Wakefield and Ryan Shubert (both SUNY Canton) interacted to get a goal at the 61:55 mark. The Owls had many good chances to tip the balance, but always lost the back of the net. Finally, the game ended up with the last goal of senior midfielder Jaedyn Ossont of SUNY Canton at the 73:54. Continue reading “Coming Home for Soccer”

Harder, Stronger, Better

A lot of people are watching the UMPI vs FISHER soccer game.

The 2017 UMPI men’s soccer team has a lot of young, new players.  On Sunday, Sept. 17, the team started the game with five freshmen, again. During the previous three games, the players had been becoming familiar with the college game.  They had learned and practiced. For this match, they put in a full performance, the kind that all fans want to see every game.   The men won the game against Fisher with a score of 1 to 0. Continue reading “Harder, Stronger, Better”

A Special Present – The Oct. 1 UMPI soccer game

umpi-mens-soccer-team-vs-unity-soccer-team-start-the-game

Do you remember that we lost a lot players due to injuries last game? Do you remember what Cody Blair definitively said after the last game? “We just need to get all guys healthy and have our starters back. We will see what happens once they come back.” Yes, they recovered and came back. That means that their confidence will return, their power will recover and they will prove themselves.

Continue reading “A Special Present – The Oct. 1 UMPI soccer game”