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Ben Barr holding up a #5 jersey that reads "BARR" over the number
August 17, 2021

Ben Barr Named Men’s Ice Hockey Coach

Ben Barr becomes the fifth head coach in the modern era of Maine Hockey.  Ben Barr was named UMaine’s head coach for men’s ice hockey in May. Barr comes to UMaine from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the past five years. “We are thrilled to…

Harold Alfond update
August 17, 2021

Video Showcases Plans for Alfond Gift

UMaine Athletics released a video in February outlining plans for the $90 million gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation. The funds will advance the state’s only Division 1 athletics program and benefit athletes in addition to providing a space for community events. UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy noted that when completed, the master plan and the…

August 17, 2021

Reflections on a Father Figure

I FIRST SAT DOWN with Coach Red in 2013 at Tim Horton’s. He had just been named the new head coach at Maine. I was retiring from playing pro hockey and was excited to discuss becoming one of his assistant coaches at my alma mater. I prepared for our meeting to talk hockey strategies, recruit-ing,…

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…