Jim Bessey
Jim Bessey
Title: Assistant Coach
Previous College: UMaine-Farmington '65

Jim Bessey, veteran basketball coach and University of Maine at Farmington graduate brings 40 years of experience to the sidelines, where he will assist Head Coach Dick Meader with game strategy and player development.

Bessey joined the UMF staff prior to the 2012-13 season, after retiring following 34 years as head coach at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington (and its predecessor, Farmington High School), where he recorded 421 wins at the helm of the boys’ basketball program. Coupled with his 58 wins over four seasons at Madison Area Memorial High School, Bessey has amassed 479 wins over 38 seasons.

Under his tutelage, the Cougars captured the 1997 Eastern Maine Class A championship, to go with the Western Maine Class C title he won in 1985 at Madison. Bessey himself was named Coach of the Year on six occasions, and he finished his career with 13 consecutive winning seasons. Nine of his players earned all-state honors, and one – Mike Adams – was named Maine’s Mr. Basketball in 1990.

A long-time member of Mt. Blue’s social studies faculty, Bessey also served as the department’s chair. He is a 1965 cum laude graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in education, and he received his Master of Arts in history, magna cum laude, the following year from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. 

Bessey is married to the former Martha Grady, and the couple has five grown children: Jeffrey, Dan, Anna, J.D., and Jennifer.