ORONO – After 23 years, there will be a new face at the helm of Black Bear Football. The University of Maine announced via press release that longtime head coach Jack Cosgrove will transition from the sidelines to Senior Associate Director of Athletics.
The university said a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately, while Defensive Coordinator Joe Harasymiak will assume the role of Interim Head Coach. In a joint statement, both Cosgrove and Athletic Director Karlton Creech expressed their excitement about the longtime coach’s new role.
“I am honored to accept this position and embrace an opportunity to work toward a new vision for UMaine athletics,” said Cosgrove. “I am excited by Karlton Creech’s leadership and commitment to excellence. I believe together we can profoundly influence the future of UMaine athletics.”
Cosgrove has been involved in Black Bear Football as a player and coach for over forty years. He took the reigns in 1993, and his 129 wins rank as the most in Maine’s history.
Though Cosgrove’s tenure has brought success – Maine won the CAA championship in 2013 – this change comes after Maine went just 3-8 this past season, marking the worst Black Bears season in two decades.
Cosgrove was in the final year of a three-year contract as head coach.