UNE Football: Coming in 2017

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UNE Football: Coming in 2017

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:29 am

Is UNE ready for football with a team of its own?

The school plans to add the sport on the Biddeford campus by 2017, hoping to boost its image and enrollment, build community and enhance academic programs.

The University of New England in Biddeford plans to add football to its athletic lineup within three years. Danielle Ripich, the school’s president, said Wednesday that she hopes to have a football team for the 2016 season, or 2017 at the latest. The school, which competes at the NCAA Division III level, also is adding a women’s rugby team beginning next fall, she said. “This is going to happen,” Ripich told the Portland Press Herald. “I think there are a lot of moving parts right now. But I think this is the right thing to do.” Ripich is enthusiastic about starting a football program, seeing it as a great investment...

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Re: Is UNE ready for football with a team of its own?

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:01 am

UNE, Coast Guard agree to compete in football

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The University of New England and the United States Coast Guard Academy have agreed to compete in a home-and-home football series for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, as announced jointly today (Aug. 26) by each institution's director of athletics.

UNE will face the Bears on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 at Cadet Memorial Field in New London, Conn. in what will be the Nor'easters' first varsity contest, and the two teams will play in Biddeford the following season on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

UNE Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jack McDonald is thrilled the Nor'easters have an agreement in place to compete against such a well-respected institution.

"On behalf of President Ripich and the entire University of New England community, I am very, very grateful to the Coast Guard Academy and its athletic director Tim Fitzpatrick for agreeing to play UNE in 2018 and 2019," McDonald said. "Competing against such a prestigious academic, athletic and military academy will give our university, Biddeford and Southern Maine fans an outstanding game and opponent."

The Nor'easters plan to play an undetermined amount of sub-varsity games in 2017 prior to a full varsity slate of competition beginning in 2018. A search for a head coach will commence in the upcoming months, while planning for facilites and infrastructure development is already underway.

Coast Guard will compete in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) for the next two seasons before New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) football begins in 2017. The Bears won back-to-back NEFC Bogan Division championships in 2006 and 2007 under current head coach Bill George.

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Re: UNE Football: Coming in 2017

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:24 am

University of New England to play in new football conference

The shuffling of the Division III college football deck in New England continued on Monday. The Commonwealth Coast Conference announced that it will begin sponsoring football as a varsity sport starting with the 2017-2018 season. The CCC will assume operation of the New England Football Conference, which will be renamed …

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