University of Maine at Farmington's Director of Athletics, Julie Davis, is pleased to announce the hiring of Blake Hart as the new head coach for the NCAA Division III men's soccer program.
Hart has been serving as an assistant coach with the men's soccer program for the last three years. During that time, he also has coached with Western Maine United U-18 and been on the staff of numerous soccer camps. Additionally, he assisted with the women's basketball program at UMF.
"This truly is a dream job, and I am very excited to be the head coach of UMF Men's Soccer," said Hart.
Hart continued, "Growing up in Farmington, I would always hear about the strong culture and success of UMF Men's Soccer. Now I feel so fortunate to be able to lead the program and add to that. I am eager to get started in this new role, and build on the momentum."
"Blake has been fortunate to work under the tutelage of some very good collegiate coaches, both here as an assistant and as a student-athlete at his alma mater. They understand the game and the purpose of Division III intercollegiate athletics. Blake shared several positive takeaways from his experiences as an Assistant that would be a great fit for our program moving forward. He demonstrated in the competitive search process, his passion for our program's future and his readiness to apply his own signature perspective to build on our foundation and to advance further on several fronts," said Davis.
Blake is a graduate of Castleton University where he earned his bachelor's degree in Sports Administration complemented with a minor in Business. In addition to his studies, he excelled for 4 seasons on the Spartan team, appearing in 75 games with 42 starts, tallying 15 goals and six assists. There he demonstrated leadership on many fronts, interning with the Director of Athletics and serving as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Hart's volunteer experiences include coaching youth soccer and basketball while officiating youth soccer with the Farmington Recreation Department. He has been engaged with Special Olympics in the Farmington area, and when he was a student-athlete at Castleton. He intends to draw upon his experiences and local connections to engage the team in community service as well.
Hart is from Farmington and went to Mt. Blue High School.