Alumni Spotlight with Craig Pendleton

Alumni Spotlight with Craig Pendleton

Farmington, Maine - Craig Pendleton graduated from UMaine-Farmington in 2009 with a major in secondary education and a concentration in social science. Craig is currently the principal at Buxton Center Elementary.  While a student-athlete at UMF, he excelled on the mound for the baseball team. He made Second Team All-NAC, North Atlantic Conference, in 2009. Pendleton twirled a complete-game win, scattering seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in 2009 against Saint Joseph's College of Maine for a big win against the Monks. He also held the record for most strikeouts in a game (11) for the last nine years before Gavin Arsenault broke that record in 2018 with 12 strikeouts. 

Name: Craig Pendleton

Hometown: Saco, Maine

Years at Farmington: 2005-2009

Sport(s): Baseball - Pitcher

Current residence: Hollis, Maine

Current occupation: Principal at Buxton Center Elementary

Why did you choose Farmington?

Coach Thompson called me probably every other week of the baseball season my senior year.  I went up to visit and got a tour from the legendary Coach Meader. My uncle David Parquette had played basketball for Coach Meader and he was able to talk about that. 

What are your greatest memories at Farmington?

When I pitched and we beat St. Joes in 2009 for the first time in a long time. I had to drive down to Standish on my own to make it for game 2 and Pat Howell called me because I was cutting it close and barely had time to warm up, had to change in the dugout and still went out and threw a complete game. 

I will admit, I was not the best pitcher that threw that day; Bill Ridge threw a complete game in game 1 and allowed 0 earned runs but picked up the loss.  

How has Farmington helped you in your life after college?

I use a Coach Meader quote with my students, "life is easy when you do the right thing." It might have taken about 8 years for me to figure that out but that sticks with me. 

Coach Thompson taught me how to bring energy into everything I do whether it is coaching, teaching or now in my administrative role. He showed us how to go out and compete for everything we want in life. 

I have some of the best friends that I played baseball with. Many live in different states but we are still connected and communicate daily.  We had quite the reunion planned for my wedding this October but COVID had other plans so unfortunately, they won't be able to travel up. 

What advice would you give to current student-athletes at Farmington?

Live life by a coach Meader quote, it doesn't matter which one but here are some options:

"You must compete"

"Life is easy when you do the right thing"

"Nothing good happens after 12"

"There's always room for Giffords"

Maybe the best one for players on the 2009 team, "everyone should strive in life to be like Bill Ridge"

 

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