Lucas Levesque leaving UM Fort Kent

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Fort Kent, Me (WAGM) - University of Maine Fort Kent Women's Soccer Coach Lucas Levesque will be leaving the St John Valley. Levesque has accepted a job in Rome Georgia as the Director of Coaching for Rome Arsenal Soccer Club.

(Lucas Levesque):"It's really tough Fort Kent is my home this University and this community. I care deeply about the area and spent the last 14 years here. Leaving was an extremely tough decision."

This will be quite a change for Levesque who spent 14 years at UM Fort Kent as soccer coach and 8 as basketball coach. . He goes from working with College age students to working with youngsters from 6-18.

Levesque:"In between the travel and the recruiting and the time spent away from my family I felt this was a position that would allow me to grow. It would also allow me to be around my family a little bit more and be involved as a dad and that was a key factor as well for me."

Athletic Director and Men's Soccer Coach Bill Ashby worked closely with Levesque.

(Bill Ashby):" It is a big loss for UMFK soccer and UMFK as a whole. Lucas has been a great mentor to his student athletes. We are going to miss him. He has been a good friend and a great coach for us. I really enjoyed our time with him."

Larry Simpson has been named interim coach. He was an assistant coach to Ashby in Kentucky and also was the Women's coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Ashby:"Coach Simpson will be here Friday. He and Lucas will work together for the next week or ten days to make the transition."

Levesque spent 14 years as women's soccer coach. He told his team about his new opportunity yesterday afternoon.

Levesque:" Emotional yesterday I think was an understatement. A lot of tears being shed. I care deeply for my players they are like daughters to me. I think there is a mutual respect there.

Levesque won 6 national championships in his 14 years at UMFK.

Ashby:"I don't know of any school that has done that other than University of North Carolina on the women's side. Great for Lucas and he has a great reputation across the Country and that is one of the reasons that Rome Arsenal Soccer Club was interested in him."

Levesque:" We can't win without great kids and great players. As much as i would like to pat myself on the back a lot of the success we had here was because we bring in top notch players and top notch people. I think they are the real success of what we have been able to accomplish