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UMFK taps two Valley natives for assistant soccer coach positions

September 3, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent has added two valley residents to their fall coaching staff.

Dave Minzy, of Fort Kent, has been named assistant men's soccer coach to serve under head coach Melik Khoury.

On the women's side, Tracie Hobbs, originally of Madawaska, and an alumna of UMFK, has been named assistant soccer coach under Lucas Levesque.

Minzy graduated from Georges Valley High School in Thomaston, Maine in 1976 and went on to graduate from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in health, physical education, recreation, and dance (HPERD).

While at UMPI, Minzy was a member of the varsity soccer team where he served as captain for his last two years, was voted most valuable player for those two years, and was voted North Central Conference (NCC) goalkeeper of the year for 1979 and 1980. In 1980 he was voted National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) goalkeeper of the year.

Minzy has been the health/physical education instructor for M.S.A.D #27 for the past 23 years. He served as boys head soccer coach at Fort Kent Community High School for 15 years.

During his tenure at FKCHS, he had an overall coaching record of 207-46-13 and led four Eastern Maine Class B Soccer Champion Runner-up teams. In all 15 years as coach at Fort Kent, his team ranked in the top eight in heal point standings for Eastern Maine in Class B.

Minzy has also been a coach at Colby College soccer camp for the past 15 years, instructing high school athletes throughout the country.

Tracie Hobbs graduated from Madawaska High School in 1991. She then graduated from UMFK in May of 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in education and behavioral science.

While at UMFK, Hobbs was a member of the women's soccer program in its first two years as a varsity sport. She had previously played for two years while it was still a club team.

She was twice named (NAIA) All-American Scholar Athlete, served as co-captain of the team, and was voted most valuable player.

Hobbs is currently employed as the district librarian for MSAD #33, where she was the girl's varsity basketball coach for the past two years.