June 9, 2021

UMaine Athletics 2021 Football Schedule Announced

UMaine Athletics has posted the fall football schedule. The season opener will take place in Orono on Thursday, September 2 at 7 PM, when the Black Bears take on the Delaware Blue Hens. View the full schedule here.

June 9, 2021

Athletics Catches Up with Former UMaine Track Star and Olympic Competitor

UMaine Athletics caught up with Viktoriya Rybalko ’03, who competed in the 2008 Olympics for her native Ukraine after earning her degree in biochemistry at UMaine. Rybalko had to interrupt her doctoral studies to focus on training. She was a long jumper in track and field events. She also competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics…

May 14, 2021

Barr named new head coach for men’s ice hockey

Ben Barr has been named the head coach for men’s ice hockey. Barr comes to UMaine from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for five years. “We are thrilled to welcome Ben Barr to the University of Maine,” said Ken Ralph. “He brings with him an amazing…

April 15, 2021

Remembering Red Gendron ’93G

The UMaine and college hockey communities were shocked by the sudden death of men’s hockey coach Dennis “Red” Gendron on Friday, April 9. Red, 63, was playing golf in Orono when he suffered a heart attack.  UMaine Athletics shared this post, which features a tribute to Red that was presented prior to Saturday’s NCAA men’s…

Photo Courtesy Ronald Gillis
March 15, 2021

Football begins as basketball season ends

Last weekend was one of mixed of emotions for fans of UMaine athletics. On Saturday, the Black Bear football team defeated Albany in one of the most unusual games in school history. Aside from UMaine’s impressive 38-34 win over the favored Great Danes, the game was played in mid-March with virtually no fans in Harold…

Police cars and a roped off police scene
February 16, 2021

Black Bear on the Blue Line

BRENDAN WALSH ’00 has long held a reputation as an enforcer. Two decades ago, he patrolled the ice of Alfond Arena as a tough-as-nails member of UMaine men’s ice hockey team, the 1999 NCAA national champions. Today, Walsh polices a different territory as a detective with the Boston Police Department. The 46-year-old Massachusetts native is…

Alfond Statium
February 16, 2021

Making History

THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE in Orono will be the largest beneficiary of the Harold Alfond Foundation’s historic investment in Maine’s public universities. In October, the foundation, established by its namesake in 1950, announced it would be providing more than $500 million in grants to Maine people and institutions. The grants are intended to grow Maine’s…

February 14, 2021

These plans for athletics and recreation are spectacular!

Thanks to the Harold Alfond Foundation’s latest investment in UMaine academics and athletics, Black Bear Athletics today unveiled a master plan designed to improve the quality, accessibility, and gender equality of the university’s intercollegiate and recreational facilities. Projects include a new soccer facility that will feature synthetic turf, stadium seating, broadcast-quality lighting, and more. (See…

January 14, 2021

Fans Can Now Purchase Cutouts to Be Displayed at Athletics Games

Although basketball fans can’t pack The Pit in person to cheer for the Black Bears this season, they can show their support with a fan cutout. These cutouts, which are made from photos of individuals, will occupy seats in The Pit during men’s and women’s games. At the end of the basketball season, fans can…

December 10, 2020

Black Bears Return to the Court and Ice

UMaine’s ice hockey and basketball teams have returned to competition following a two-week delay prompted by COVID-19-related precautionary measures. “Our teams are thrilled to be able to resume their competitive seasons,” says UMaine athletics director Ken Ralph. “The students have worked hard to stay safe while preparing physically for their seasons. ” Last week, the…

December 10, 2020

Beloved UMaine Letter Jacket Recovered through Social Media

Mal Osborn ’52 of Winston-Salem, NC, misplaced his beloved UMaine letter jacket last fall. The 92-year-old alumnus was a cross country and track star at the university in 1949-1952, and later had a long legal career. Thanks to his family’s efforts on social media, he recovered his UMaine jacket. In this 2016 photo, Mal wears…

October 22, 2020

Alfond’s Gift to UMaine System Among Largest Ever to a New England Public Educational Institution

The University of Maine will be a major beneficiary of the Harold Alfond Foundation’s historic $240 million gift to the University of Maine System. UMaine President Ferrini-Mundy noted that the historic gift would “benefit our students for decades.” She added, “With $20 million from the Alfond Foundation, we will develop new programs to support student…