MACHIAS – This decision was a financial decision, effectively eliminating six employees and coaches, four full-time and two part-time, and 73 student-athletes. Twenty of those student-athletes are new recruits.
The University of Maine at Machias said in its release on Monday will honor active scholarships through 2023-2024 school year.
One of the employees whose position was eliminated is Troy Alley, Clippers men’s basketball coach and associate athletic director. He says he was informed of the decision just 15 minutes before the announcement was made public and was not able to speak to his players before the decision hit social media. Alley had been a coach at UMM for five seasons.
“It’s a crazy world we live in, and probably how, traditionally, things have been handled in the past, we’ve lost touch with that and things probably aren’t handled as professionally and as well as they should be at all times, I think it’s just the world we live in,” said Alley.
Alley said Monday, when reached by phone, that he is now actively looking for a new basketball coaching job.
He is concerned for the athletes trying to find a new team on such short notice, adding that he estimates that around 50 athletes will likely leave the school as a result of the indefinite suspension of the Clippers programs.
“I think if they were going to make this decision, it should’ve been done much earlier to be fair to the student-athletes, in particular, they are the real losers here, they’re the ones losing out.”