Maine Maritime Academy bringing football program back

Published: Jan. 9, 2023 at 12:09 PM EST
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CASTINE, Maine (WMTW) - Maine Maritime Academy is bringing back its football program and will resume a varsity, NCAA Division III schedule in the fall of 2025.

The Mariners will begin competition as a sub-varsity program in 2023 and continue to replenish their roster through a sub-varsity 2024 season.

Maine Maritime Academy suspended its football program on August 14, 2020, because of financial challenges faced by the Academy resulting from the pandemic. Maine Maritime began fundraising to restore the program in September 2021, and raised $562,000 over a three-month period, covering 75-percent of the Academy’s unbudgeted costs to restart the program’s operation.

“We are proud to welcome students from across Maine and America to join in the rich tradition of Mariner Football. This is an exciting time. As we re-start the program, there will be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to participate at the college level and be part of our next chapter to success while earning a world class degree leading to a high-paying career in a growing market,” said Jerry Paul, Maine Maritime Academy President.

The Academy has opened a search for a head coach. Once that position is filled, they will look to hire two coordinator-level positions.

The Academy will compete in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), playing a 10-game schedule in 2025. The CCC features two other Maine colleges, Husson University and the University of New England. The conference also includes Curry College, Endicott College, Nichols College, and Western New England University. Salve Regina University is presently a member of the CCC but is slated to move to the New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in 2023.

“This is a wonderful day for the Commonwealth Coast Conference and Division III football in New England. For more than 50 years, the New England Football Conference was special, groundbreaking and unique. Maine Maritime was a founding member of the NEFC, a football conference that lives on in today’s Commonwealth Coast Conference. The CCC is ecstatic to be the new football home for Maine Maritime, an institution that played such an important role in the NEFC for more than half a century,” said Gregg Kaye, CCC Commissioner.

Conversations are already taking place between Maine Maritime Academy and Massachusetts Maritime to resume of the annual Admiral’s Cup, which has been played 59 times dating back to 1946.