Fort Kent, Maine—Bill Ashby, athletic director at the University of Maine Fort Kent announced Friday, that Daniel Johnson has been hired as the women’s basketball coach. Johnson will take over for Travis Delisle who stepped down to spend more time with his family after leading the Bengals to the USCAA tournament semifinal round.
Johnson comes to Fort Kent from Malone University where he served as a volunteer assistant for the 2015-2016 season. While at Malone, Johnson was largely responsible for the largest recruiting class ever at the university in women’s basketball. He was in charge of scheduling all non-conference games and securing guarantee games from NCAA Division I teams. In addition, he was the academic liaison and coordinator for the team and the leader for team film sessions and film exchange. Coach Johnson also helped in the running of all summer camps and day to day operations of the women's basketball program.
“I am happy to have a coach of Johnson’s experience in coaching and recruiting come onboard at UMFK. We look forward to Coach Johnson’s influence in reestablishing UMFK women’s basketball as a USCAA perennial power and a return to championship play in 2017”, said Bill Ashby.
Coach Johnson will have the tough task of filling out a completely new team, after four seniors graduated from a team that made it to the USCAA National Tournament with just five true basketball players.
He said, “I’m looking forward to jumping right in and I believe it will be a challenge, but a fun task to be able to mold a team in my vision”.
In addition to his coaching experience, Johnson also served in the Florida Army National Guard followed by the United States Navy. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, concentrating in Human Resource Management and a Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in Irvine, California.