ORONO – It has been an up and down past twelve months for Jason Coleman, but thankfully for him and his family he will have some stability going forward and get the chance to live out one of his professional goals this fall.
Jason Coleman was announced Thursday as the new head coach of the UMaine Augusta men’s basketball program.
Coleman was previous the Director of Basketball Operations for the UMaine men’s basketball program, head coach for the Orono boys basketball team, where he won three regional titles, and most recently an assistant coach with the Hermon girls basketball team this past season. The Hawks made the state championship game in the spring.
He succeeds Coach Jim Ford, who led the Moose for 15 years. Coleman is hoping to offer similar consistency.
“It’s not going to be one of those things where it’s an overnight rebuild and I’m trying to be here for six to eight months and move on by any means, it’ll be nice to bring some stability to the position, coach ford was there for a long time and he just retired,” said Coleman.
In addition to providing the UMaine Augusta program some stability, Coleman says the decision provides he and his family some stability as well. Coleman runs Jerseys Subs and Sweet; opening a new location in Old Town and closing the original location in Bangor in the past twelve months.
Coleman tell us he has been in advanced talks to accept a high school head coaching job, and a separate college head coaching job this year. He said the Augusta position works out for the Colemans: “this whole process over the past 12-14 months has been about finding the right fit where it didn’t involve relocating our family, our kids love the schools, we love the Orono community we’re in, it was something that kind of fell in my lap and worked out great.”