Happy New Year, Class of 2005! The year 2022 finds the Gauvin family still in the National Capital Region, where we hope to stay for a few more years before the Army determines the next place for us to land. If you find yourself in this area, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We would love to give tips and tricks on tours, places to visit and stay, and to see fellow Black Bears!
During her stint at UMaine, Kim Corbitt was a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court and it’s been a pleasure to watch her career continue. Congratulations to Kim on her new role as senior vice president of people and culture for the Phoenix Suns. In addition to leading the human resources efforts for the NBA team, Kim is also responsible for the HR for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, the Suns’ Arena, and affiliated entities. She also serves as a member of the organization’s senior executive team.
Teammate Missy Traversi is the new head coach for women’s basketball at West Point. Missy spent the last five seasons at Adelphi University, a Division II school, as head coach. As of the 2019-2020 season, the team had a No. 8 National Ranking (the pandemic canceled the tournament last year). Way to go!
Aaron Izaryk ’08G was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame this past November. Aaron is now the head baseball coach and athletic director at Bridgton Academy and the general manager and director of player personnel for the Sanford Mainers (New England Collegiate Baseball League). Aaron was also recently featured in UMaine Athletic News talking about his college experience and what receiving the ‘M Club’ Dean Smith Award meant to him. He advises others to appreciate the time in college, make lasting friendships, and find the balance between your social life, athletics, and academics.
Congratulations to Eric Gullickson (who I knew as Sota in college) on his move from WABI in Bangor to WITN in Greenville, NC. Eric has been working as a sports reporter for several years and has shifted to life as a news anchor and producer at his new station. I know his voice and perspective will be missed in Maine!
Barry Terrill is the new athletics director at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln. Previously, Barry was the athletic director and a PE teacher at Bucksport Middle School. Prior to that, he was the head football and boys’ basketball coach at Washington Academy in Machias. He is looking forward to continuing his transition from coach to administrator, and is enrolled in a master’s program in educational leadership at Saint Joseph’s College.
The Nokomis field hockey program has a new head coach: Shaunessy Saucier. Shaunessy has been teaching Spanish and French at the Newport, ME, high school, and was head field hockey coach at Bryant University for eight years, leaving in 2017. She is a previous owner of the Black Bear Elite field hockey club as well as staff for UMaine’s Black Bear Sports Properties, a subsidiary of Learfield IMG College.
Shannon Rackley Webber received a promotion at Farm Credit East in Auburn and is now the branch manager at that location. Shannon has worked for Farm Credit since 2005 and greatly looks forward to continuing her relationship with Maine’s natural resource-based businesses.
Brian O’Coin joined Gorham Savings Bank’s commercial banking team last spring as vice president and commercial loan officer. With more than 16 years of commercial lending experience, Brian was previously employed by KeyBank and TD Bank N.A.
What a joy to hear about so many accomplishments from our classmates! If you have something to share, no matter how big or small, please let me know. Looking forward to hearing from you! Be well.