UMFK women’s soccer coach leaving for job in Georgia

FORT KENT, Maine — The women’s soccer coach and assistant athletic director at the University of Maine at Fort Kent is resigning to become director of coaching for the Rome, Georgia, Arsenal Soccer Club. 

The resignation of Lucas Levesque, who has been at the school for 14 years, is effective Oct. 2, according to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon by Tom Bird, UMFK’s sports information director.

The Bengal women soccer teams under Levesque have won four consecutive United States Collegiate Athletic Association national championships and six overall in the seven years that UMFK has been a part of the USCAA, according to the university.

Levesque has coached 20 All-Americans, been named the 2015 USCAA Coach of the Year, won two Sunrise Conference Coach of the Year awards, and led his team to five Sunrise Conference titles.

“It is clear Coach Levesque’s departure is a huge loss for UMFK athletics, UMFK student/athletes the university as a whole and the community of Fort Kent,” UMFK Athletic Director Bill Ashby said in the release. “Coach Levesque is a hometown son who has built his own distinguishable brand of success, he is his own brand.  He has been a standout mentor for UMFK student/athletes. Leveque’s six national titles at UMFK has set standards of athletic success that is unprecedented.”

Levesque leaves UMFK as the all-time wins leader with 206 wins, including going 37-1-2, in his final 40 matches as Bengals head coach. He finishes with an overall record of 206 wins, 36 losses and eight ties (.827 winning percentage).

Levesque also coached the women’s basketball team at UMFK for eight seasons, taking them to five NAIA national tournament appearances and is the school’s all time wins leader for women’s basketball with 138 victories. He was also named Sunrise Conference Basketball Coach of the Year on three occasions.

“As his friend, I see a great opportunity for Lucas to advance and expand his career as an athletic administrator and coach at Rome’s Arsenal Soccer Club,” Ashby said. “Arsenal Soccer Club is fortunate to have a person of Coach Leveque’s quality leading its efforts.”

The university release stated that an interim replacement would be announced Friday.

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