Vachon reaches 4-year deal to remain with Maine women

ORONO — The leader of one of the University of Maine’s top athletic programs is set to remain in Orono for the foreseeable future.

Maine women’s basketball coach Amy Vachon agreed Wednesday to a four-year deal to remain with the program. The agreement will keep the Augusta native at the university through the end of the 2024-25 season.

Vachon, who took over for Richard Barron as interim coach in 2017 before later accepting the full-time job, led Maine to America East regular season and tournament titles in 2018 in 2019. She also led the team to a conference regular season title and 17-3 overall record this year, though the Black Bears lost to Stony Brook in the conference final.

A Cony High School graduate, Vachon was selected as Miss Maine Basketball in 1996. She led Maine to America East titles in 1997 and 1998 as a player and finished her college career as the conference’s all-time leader in assists (759).

In four and a half seasons as Maine’s head coach, Vachon has an overall record of 94-42. The Black Bears have advanced to the America East title game every year under her watch, though last year’s final was canceled before it was scheduled to tip off as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Vachon was announced last month as the America East Coach of the Year. She previously won the award in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

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