ORONO – The new season of Maine men’s basketball officially kicked off Wednesday with their first official practice, a practice redshirt junior Vincent Eze called “a very good first day.”
“It’s the first step on a thousand mile journey,” says Barron
New head coach Richard Barron makes his return to coaching after an extended medical leave due to a health scare.
He previously coached the Maine women’s basketball for six years starting in 2011, but he says teaching the game is essentially the same for both genders.
Barron takes over a team that only won six games last year, and only returns eight players from last years team.
They organized a trip to Costa Rica over the summer where they played three games against local teams, and engaged with outreach and tourist activities.
Multiple players echoed that this trip was key to their bonding as a team, giving them time on and off the court to get to know each other.
Without the team’s leading scorer from last season, coach Barron said he’s looking to the returning upperclassmen to act as leaders on this team.
Maine’s kicks off the season against University of Maine – Presque Isle on November 6 in Bangor.