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2018-2019 ATHLETICS STAFF
TOM BIRD

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Contacting Tom
Office: Sports Center
Phone: (207) 834-7828
Email: thomas.bird@maine.edu
Title(s)
  • Men's Basketball Coach
Education

B.S, Sports Management, Thomas College 2012

Coaching Experience

Director of Basketball Operations, North Dakota St. University 2013-2014

Assistant Video Coordinator, University of Florida, 2012-2013

Thomas College Women's Basketball Student-Assistant Coach 2010-2011

Lee Academy Post-Graduate Basketball Assistant Coach 2008-2010

Recent Highlights

Coach Bird will enter his fifth season as the Bengals head man. In 2017-2018, UMFK had another fantastic season. Bird took his squad out to the Northwest United States, where the Bengals took on some of the best NAIA teams in the country. In their fourth game of the trip, UMFK knocked off the #11 team in NAIA, Southern Oregon University in their home opener, 101-95. After UMFK lost to NCAA Division I Vermont in late November, they reeled off 12 straight victories and finished the season at 23-9 for the second consecutive year. UMFK was the second overall seed at the USCAA tournament and lost in the semi-finals for the second straight season, to Oakwood of Alabama, 77-72. The Bengals lost by five points, despite missing 14 free throws in the game. Bird coached his first ever National Player of the Year, as Senior Anthony Knight was chosen to be USCAA Division I Player of the Year.

The 2016-2017 season was historic in more than one way for the Bengals. In November of 2016, his team went into Orono, Maine to face the University of Maine Orono, an NCAA Division I school, and won a thriller, 80-75. This was the school's first victory over an NCAA Division I team and UMFK was one of only three non-DI teams to defeat an NCAA Division I in 2016-2017. The Bengals also earned their first ever #1 seed at the USCAA National Tournament and won the school's first ever national tournament contest by defeating Dean College in the quarterfinals. The semi-final round ended in heartbreak for UMFK as they lost to #4 seed Illinois Tech in double overtime. The Bengals finished with 23 wins, tied for the most victories in a season in over 30+ years.

He led the MBB team to 20 wins in 2015-2016 season, more than the past three season combined. His first season the team won 10 games, which was more than the combined total from the two previous years before his arrival. In his second season as volleyball coach, he led the team to the USCAA National Tournament in Canton, New York for the first time in school history. The team upset #3 seed Alfred State in the first match of the tournament and made it to the quarterfinal round. In his first season the the volleyball team won a school record 23 matches in 2014.

Among his other duties are Assistant Athletic Director, Athletic Facilities Manager and Work Study supervisor for the school. He served as Interim Athletic Director for the Summer of 2018, while a replacement was hired. Bird brings several Maine ties back with him after a couple of years away at Division I Basketball programs. He graduated from Lee Academy as the second All-Time leading scorer in boy's basketball and was a semi-finalist for the Maine Mr. Basketball award in 2007. Following High School, Bird went on to graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. While there enrolled in school he also served as an assistant coach for the Women's Basketball team, where he sister Karin led all of NCAA Division III in scoring her senior year. After graduation Bird spent a year on the staff of Amanda Butler in Gainesville, FL at the University of Florida as an assistant video coordinator. In his most recent stint at the D1 level, he served as Director of Basketball Operations for North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

Men's Basketball

Overall Record (Four Seasons): 76-44

  • 2017-2018     23-9; USCAA National Tournament Final Four
  • 2016-2017     23-9; USCAA National Tournament Final Four
  • 2015-2016     20-14
  • 2014-2015     10-12

Women's Volleyball

Overall Record (Two Seasons): 45-15

  • 2015             22-10 USCAA National Tournament Appearance
  • 2014             23-5