UMaine names new head football coach

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ORONO, Maine (WABI) UMaine Black Bears have new leadership for their football team, one day after the announcement that Coach Joe Harasymiak would be leaving for a position in Minnesota.

Nick Charlton will become the 36th head coach in program history, effective immediately.

Charlton has served as offensive coordinator at UMaine since February.

School officials say Charlton is entering his fifth year on staff at UMaine in 2019. Under his leadership, UMaine produced its best scoring offense (26.5 points per game) since the 2013 season.

Charlton joined the UMaine staff in spring 2015 as an assistant coach with the wide receivers. He was named UMaine's special teams coordinator in April 2016, a role he held until this past February. In all, Charlton has helped produce 12 all-conference players during his time at UMaine.

Charlton graduated from Boston College in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy . He received a master's degree from Boston College's Woods School of Advancing Studies.