Mulligan joins UMaine Football coaching staff

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 5:52 PM EDT
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ORONO, Maine (WABI) - UMaine Hockey Coach Ben Barr announced that Alfie Michaud will remain on staff as an assistant coach with the Black Bears.

UMaine Football is also bringing back one of their own as an assistant coach.

The Bears announced Tuesday that Matt Mulligan will be joining the coaching staff for the upcoming fall season.

Mulligan is officially an offensive assistant but says he’ll be doing a little bit of everything, including mentoring players on what to expect as they move from college to trying to make it in the pros.

Mulligan grew up in Enfield and went to Penobscot Valley High School.

He went to Husson to play basketball, but after an injury, former Husson Coach Gabby Price convinced him to try football.

Mulligan then transferred and played two years of football at UMaine, and after college, eventually signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent tight end.

He played for 11 teams over his NFL career, including a stint with the Patriots in 2013, where he caught one of his two career touchdowns from Tom Brady.

He’s happy to be back home, and ready to get to work.

”Now coming back and just kind of teaching the guys what the grit and determination is, and then on the field, I’ve been around some of the best coaches to coach in the National Football league, or coach period in professional sports, and just maybe try to impart some of that knowledge they’ve given to me, and then also some of the nuances that I’ve picked up as a player. Whatever it is, I’m gonna try to do it. It’s not relegated to one thing, but if they ask me to do something, I’m going to do it to the best of my ability,” Mulligan said.

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