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

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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

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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.

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Perfect Time! —The Oct. 1, 2016, UMPI soccer game

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On Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, there was a large audience at the soccer field to wait to watch the soccer game–UMPI VS UNITY. Part of the audience came from different cities or even countries. People returned to share news and memories and renew contact with their beloved alma mater. It was the perfect time—homecoming–to welcome them.

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