July 23, 2004
The University of Maine at Fort Kent has named Lucas Levesque to serve as head coach for the UMFK Bengal women's soccer team for the 2004-2005 season.
Levesque will take over as head women's sports coach from Eric Werntgen who began coaching in 1999 at a time when women's soccer had not existed as a varsity sport for five years.
Since its reinstatement the women's soccer program has been rebuilding and has drawn a lot of local talent. They have reached the conference playoffs each season and reached the finals in 2003. The Lady Bengals also received national recognition for placing 6th in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.
The newly appointed head coach is looking forward to coaching a team that has been progressing in enormous bounds over the past four years.
"I am extremely excited about this opportunity to continue the growth of this program. I expect us to have an excellent season with a great mix of newcomers and veterans," said Levesque.
Levesque, a 2002 graduate of Thomas College recently returned to Fort Kent, and served as assistant coach for the UMFK men's soccer team last fall and head coach for the women's basketball team this year.
He began his college athletic career at UMFK in 1997, playing on both the Bengal soccer and basketball teams. The Bengals won the New England National Small College Athletic Association Championship in 1997.
Levesque then moved to Thomas College where he became a standout striker with the Terriers. Through the 1999-2001 seasons he was a three-time Maine Athletic Conference (MAC) first team selection, a constant on the top of the MAC scoring charts and an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American Honorable Mention his senior year. He graduated from Thomas with a bachelor's degree in sports management in 2002.
Levesque's coaching experience began in 1998 when he coached middle school soccer at Fort Kent Elementary School. He continued to work in youth soccer as an assistant for the Terrier Premier Club Team, an under-16 boy's soccer team in the Waterville area that competed in tournaments all over New England. Coach Levesque broke into the college ranks as an assistant coach with Thomas College in 2002.
The 1997 Fort Kent Community High School graduate played for the Warriors in 1995 and 1996 under coach Larry Murphy.