Hello, classmates! I’m celebrating our class’s athletes this issue. My athletic accomplishments at UMaine were limited to being the only person under 60 to regularly attend 7 am water aerobics classes at the pool, so I’m in awe of the many Black Bears who have gone on to great success in coaching:
Dodi Saucier, who received her masters in education in ’99, was honored by Orono High School for her long career as the school’s field hockey coach. She took on the role in 1979, following an impressive career as a student athlete at Wells High School and the University of New Hampshire. Over the past three decades, she has led the Red Riots to five regional championships, as well as the 1990 Class B State championship.
Jaret Lizzotte, who received his education degree in ’99, and his graduate degree in ’09, was selected for Old Town High School’s Hall of Fame. Jaret, who serves as a physical education teacher and athletic director in Glenburn these days, was a star swimmer and diver at Old Town High School in the 1990s, winning two state titles. At UMaine, he captained the Black Bears’ swim program for two years, and then served as a diving coach after graduation. Jaret also led the diving team at Bangor High School, where he was honored as coach of the year four times.
Anthony “Tony” DeMuro has accepted a new position as head swim coach at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Tony, who received his education degree in ’99, has been involved with competitive swimming since he was just three years old, in a program coached by his father, Larry DeMuro, a member of the Maine Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. Tony competed as a student on Mount Desert Island. After graduation he took on the coaching position at MDI High School in Bar Harbor, where he led the Trojans to 11 separate state titles over 19 years, including the 2017 and 2018 Class B Boys State Championships. Tony told the Bangor Daily News that he’s excited about the opportunity to build on MMA’s history, and continue to build its swimming program.
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