Jamie Beaudoin lacks practice, but looks forward to AD role at UMaine-Farmington
FARMINGTON — For Jamie Beaudoin, the University of Maine at Farmington is home.
“I’m definitely bleeding brown,” Beaudoin said, alluding to the college’s official color.
Beaudoin, a four-year college soccer and basketball player for the Beavers from 1993 to 1997, was greatly impacted by his experience as a student-athlete.
“UMF has a rich history in its athletic programs, and I was blessed to have the best track and field experience at UMF,” Beaudoin said. “I didn’t know at the time what impact UMF would have on me. Spending time with coaches in their offices, during our non-athletic time, it just told me that’s what I want to do, and it told me that I wanted to get involved in college athletics.
Beaudoin turned that passion into a coaching career for the Castors. He was an assistant men’s basketball coach – under longtime UMaine-Farmington coach Dick Meader – and an associate football coach in 1998, then he coached the women’s basketball team from 1999 to 2021, including leading them to five conference championships in the space of six. years from 2002 to 2007. He was also Associate Sporting Director from 2010 to 2021.
Then, in 2021, Beaudoin resigned from his coaching and associate AD positions to apply for the position of full-time athletic director at UMF. He got the coveted job in June.
“I’m super excited to be in this position. This place means so much to me,” Beaudoin said. “My friends, my teammates, the relationships I’ve made with faculty and staff, it’s such an amazing community.”
Despite his desire to land the position of sports director, Beaudoin is a coach at heart.
“My passion has always been training and the relationships I’ve built with my student-athletes,” said Beaudoin.
“One day (former athletes) are going to call you and tell you they got a promotion, or they’re going to get married, or they’re going to have a kid,” Beaudoin added. “And they also call you when things aren’t going well, and for me, that’s coaching. Last year, I definitely missed the interaction with female basketball players. »
Although it’s a work in progress, Beaudoin aims to achieve the same level of fulfillment as an AD as he does as a coach. It will however be a learning process.
“I think I need to find a way to express my passion for developing students and seeing them grow as people (still exists as AD). I approach it from a different angle now,” Beaudoin said. “Just as my coaching experience took a long time to materialize, I’m going to have to find new ways to do that as a sporting director.”
One thing is certain, however: Beaudoin will always be heavily involved in each program.
“As a coach, the end of the season was always difficult, because I didn’t have practice the next day,” said Beaudoin. “I love the practice. I can still go and watch practice, and I love that.
WHAT’S ON THE PROGRAM?
The first order of business for Beaudoin, like many new sporting directors, is to complete his coaching staff.
“I spent a lot of time trying to hire full-time and part-time coaches, so that’s something we spent a lot of time on,” Beaudoin said. “It’s hard work, but it’s also meaningful work because these staff members will have a significant impact on student-athletes.”
“We being able to provide good coaches and also support for those coaches is our number one goal,” added Beaudoin.
In the long term, however, Beaudoin aims to improve the athlete experience and achieve more success.
“I want to develop our student-athlete experience and hopefully we will become more competitive,” Beaudoin said. “There is a reason why our athletes choose us, so we want to be able to work with them individually and as a team to become more competitive. We want to win conference championships. I think it is up to me to want to provide the same experience that I have had for our current students. I want them to want to send a future student here. A son or a daughter, a neighbor, a friend.
According to Beaudoin, the improvement and expansion of sports facilities is the number one priority.
“We need to be able to expand and improve our facilities. A grass pitch, track and lights are very important to us,” said Beaudoin. “It’s been on the radar for a long time, and it’s something we need. We have a growing athletics program, but without a facility for them to train.
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