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University of Maine names new Athletic Director

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The University of Maine has named Karlton Creech to replace Steve Abbott as the Director of Athletics, effective February 10.

Creech, 41, is currently Senior Associate Director of Athletics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC). Creech was one of three finalists invited to interview on campus by the search committee out of a national pool of 68 applicants.

In a press release, UMaine President Paul Ferguson said, “I am so pleased that Karlton will be joining the UMaine leadership team. He brings to us a remarkable record of athletics leadership and management at the University of North Carolina, one of our nation’s great public research universities. His level of professionalism, coupled to his strong experience in fundraising and management, will no doubt move Black Bear Athletics to new levels of excellence and community engagement.”

Also in the press release, Creech expressed his excitement about joining the UMaine staff, saying, “I am thrilled to be named the next director of athletics at the University of Maine. It will truly be a privilege to serve the student-athletes, coaches and staff of UMaine Athletics.”

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