PRESQUE ISLE, Me (WAGM) - University of Maine Presque Isle's new Athletic Director Dan Kane has been on the job for just about a month. Kane says he is anxious for the students to return to campus and the fall sports to begin.
Dan Kane:"I am really excited. The first month was a lot of moving and getting used to everything. I am starting to hit my stride and it is exciting to be back in Maine. I am really excited to be here."
Kane has been busy during the first month looking at schedules spending time on the phone making contacts and talking to people who come into the office asking them questions and learning about the campus. Kane says that he and the coaches are hoping keep some of the top athletes here in the County
Kane:"Come to the University of Maine at Presque Isle because there are a lot of players who could help our teams and help us compete against some of the top teams in the State."
UMPI has 12 varsity sports and will be adding track and field next spring.
Kane:" It is a really exciting time for us because it is the first time since we have gone NCAA Division 3 that all of our sports are involved in some type of Conference. Every sports team gets to compete for a conference championship."
The Owls will be competing for conference championships in primarily the ACAA, but will also compete in the North Atlantic Conference in cross country and golf. UMPI will also continue to be affiliated with two national organizations, the NCAA and the USCAA.
Kane:" Because with the ACAA we do not have an automatic qualifier so if our team wins that conference it doesn't mean we get an automatic bid. We are keeping our affiliation with the USCAA that way our teams that do well during the regular season get a chance to compete at the National Tournament."
Kane is from Maine and played college sports at Husson University for one year and at UM Farmington for three seasons. In addition to Athletic Director duties Kane will also coach the men's basketball team
Kane:" Really excited. Basketball is my passion. I spent a lot of time working under Coach Meader where I feel I am ready to take the head of a program. Mike Holmes did a great job with the team where they had one of their best wins in school history beating Colby last year. I am excited to continue going in that direction and to make UMPI one of the strong basketball programs in the State."