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UMM Athletics Announces New Staff, Addition of Swim Team

Added on: September 17, 2012
UMM Athletics Director Michael May
UMM Athletics Director Michael May

MACHIAS, Maine – As the fall sports season gets underway, the University of Maine at Machias has announced the hiring of an athletics director and several new coaches for the 2012-13 athletics seasons. UMM will also launch its first-ever collegiate swim team this fall.

Michael May, a resident of Machias, has been hired as the part-time athletics director and swim coach. May is no stranger to UMM, serving as assistant to the president for the past two years. He is a U.S. Army veteran and prior to joining the University he was employed in pharmaceutical sales.

In addition to May as athletics director and swim coach, five new coaches have been hired for soccer, basketball, and cross country.

P.J. Singh, a 2005 UMM graduate, has been appointed to women’s soccer coach and soccer program coordinator. Singh served as an assistant under previous head coach Tony Turini, and played for the Clippers men’s soccer program for four years as a student-athlete. He also serves as a counselor in the Admissions Office.

Danny Mariscal has been hired as the men’s soccer coach. Mariscal comes to UMM from McAllen, Texas, where he was head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Grandes of the United Soccer League. Mariscal was a standout player at Richland College, and played professionally for the Huracanes de Matamoros F.C. in Mexico, and the Dallas Toros and Arizona Sahuaros of the U.S. Premier Development League.

Luis “Tito” Arias has been hired as the men’s basketball coach. Arias comes to UMM from the College of Central Florida, where he served as assistant men’s basketball coach for the past four years. He is a 2008 graduate of UMM and was a two-year starter for the Clippers under former coach Brac Brady. Arias also served as Brady’s assistant coach during the 2007-2008 season.

Dan Leland has been named head coach of the women’s basketball team. Leland comes to UMM from Fryeburg Academy, where he has served as the head girl’s basketball coach since 2005. He also coached boy’s and girl’s basketball, as well as baseball, at Lake Region High School from 1999 to 2005.

Ashley Davis, a native of Addison, has been hired as the head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country teams. A graduate of UMM, Davis has served as an admissions counselor since 2008.

“We have a great group of coaches joining the Clipper Athletics staff this fall,” said Michael May, director of athletics. “Our new coaches bring a great amount of energy and enthusiasm to their programs and I couldn’t be happier with the high caliber of their coaching skills.”

The new staff appointments join returning coaches Howard “Buddy” Mills, golf, and Amy Fritz, volleyball, to round out the Clipper Athletics coaching and administrative staff.

The launch of a swim program was a logical next step for Clipper Athletics, which added cross country and golf to its slate of offerings in 2010. UMM has housed a six-lane, competition-size swimming pool on its campus for more than a decade as part of its community fitness center. With the success of the local Machias Valley Swim Club and Washington Academy’s varsity swim team, Athletics Director Michael May felt that now was a good time to add a team at the collegiate level.

“The swim program is the first of its kind here at UMM,” said May. “It’s really an all-encompassing program that takes both veteran swimmers and others without a lot of competitive swimming experience, and allows them to participate in a competitive conference schedule.”

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