Hometown: Rockport, Maine
Years attended UMF: 1975-79
Position: Midfield- Striker
Current Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Current job: Futbol Commentator/English Promo Voice GOLTV
Why did you choose to attend UMF?
I was recruited in high school by Roy Gordon and knew that UMF had great players like Greg Dugas. Coach Gordon came to see one of my high school games, t hen I visited campus and really enjoyed the atmosphere. At the time UMF Men's Soccer was a collage of strong personalities, and the players had talent and style. I really wanted to be a part of that experience.
What are your greatest memories at UMF?
Beating USM, a draw against nationally ranked Thomas, beating Husson; and playingalongside great players like Hal Bridgham, Greg Dugas, Jang Jallow, Mike King, and Bobby Wiles. Our teams were quite diverse, with players from Maine, England, Laos, The Gambia, Nigeria, as well as other parts of New England. Above all, I'm thankful for the lasting friendships that I've been fortunate to have experienced.
How has the University of Maine at Farmington helped you in your life after college?
Coach Gordon was a great coach and mentor for me. Not only did he recruit me in high school, but he was also influential in my decision to attend graduate school at Springfield College.
Also, UMF had a college radio station where I began my sports casting career. I began by handling radio play by pla y for the basketball games, actually working with my color colleague Steve Baron (blind since birth). Steve was/is amazing and listeners were rightfully in awe of his expertise and sense of the game.
From UMF, I began a long journey that began with coaching college soccer and ended up bringing me back to sports ca sting as an English language television play-by-play voice for GOLTV, an all soccer television network. I also handled the radio play-by-play for the Miami Fusion of MLS, and served as the public address announcer for the Florida Panthers of the NHL. And, I've had the opportunity to work with U.S. Soccer, as a play-by-play commentator for World Cup qualifiers, and as a narrator for their "Behind The Crest" series. It all started at a 10-watt college radio station at UMF, and I'm forever thankful.
What advice would you give to the current UMF men's soccer team?
Team success begins with team defense. Even at the collegiate level, if you remain disciplined in defense, many times you can pressure your opponent into making mistakes and they'll end up giving you the ball.
Everyone knows that there are a thou sand ways to approach the game, but not every team can possess the ball all the time. Giving the ball away cheaply just forces you to play defense all the time. Keeping possession means knowing what you are going to do with the ball before it gets to you . . . you will always have choices and decisions to make. In retrospect, if over half of your match decisions turned out to be good ones, you can probably say that you've had a pretty good game.