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June 30, 2006


University of Maine at Fort Kent President, Dr. Richard W. Cost, has announced the hiring of William E. Ashby as the University's new athletic director and men's soccer coach. Ashby will begin his duties at UMFK in mid-July.

A native of Maine, Ashby has served as athletic director at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky, since 2005. He also has been the men's soccer coach there since 2002.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Bill Ashby back to his home state of Maine, and in particular to the UMFK campus," said Dr. Cost. "Bill's experience as an athletic director, his highly-successful career as a winning coach, his knowledge of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics conference, and his understanding of the role that athletics plays in the total academic development of students, makes him an ideal fit for our campus and our community," Cost added.

Prior to his work in Kentucky, Ashby was the head men's soccer coach at University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota from 1998-2002; the head men's and women's soccer coach at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine from 1992 to 1997; head men's soccer coach at Husson College in Bangor from 1989 to 1992; and the head men's soccer coach at the University of Maine at Machias from 1984 to 1987.

Ashby holds seven coaching licenses issued through the National Soccer Coaches Association of America or the United States Soccer Federation. Ashby also has served as coach or director to numerous state, local and national committees on teaching students and coaches the skills necessary to perform soccer at its highest level both on and off the field.

Ashby received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Science from the University of Maine at Machias. He earned a Masters of Management from University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Dr. Cost thanked Vice President John Murphy for doing a phenomenal job as Athletic Director on top of his regular job as Chief Financial Officer during the past three years.

"Vice President Murphy is an extraordinary manager and leader; he has grown our athletic program adding four new teams and has seen a number of teams achieve Sunrise Conference Championships during his tour as AD," Cost said.