@UMaineFortKent @Tom22Basketball @UMFKBengals #FortKent-January 2

On Jan 1, 2014 I began doing daily posts at my blog called coach4aday.wordpress.com 

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and  turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I actually have a summary list of each of beer I drank in 2014. That “Beer of the Day” list can be found at link below:


I have a summary list on my 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts.


I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of Institution:      University of Maine Fort Kent

Location:                             Fort Kent, ME

 University of Maine–Fort Kent is a public institution that was founded in 1878. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,559, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 52 acres.

This university is located at the northern tip of Maine and just across the St. John River from Canada.


This is university I have never visited but during the 1987-88 UNC Pembroke Basketball Season we scheduled them to play in our then Pembroke State Marriott Classic on Dec 29 and 30, 1987. I cannot remember the UMFK coach’s name but we convinced them to come down south and get away from their harsh winter weather. For example on December 30, 2015 Fort Kent had a high temperature of 10 degrees with 15 inches of snow on the ground. On our campus the average high in late December is 50 degrees.

We gave them some hotel rooms courtesy of Marriott. The coach was all excited to take his team to Myrtle Beach, SC after the tournament was over. The irony was the Carolinas had a snow storm while they were on campus and the weather was horrible by our standards.

The 87-88 team from Fort Kent was not very good in fact they lost both games by a wide margin. One of my dear friends the late Jack Jensen from Guilford came to scout us for an upcoming game in early January. He left after 4 minutes of the game and came by my bench and told me “Not even with Jabbar” (in reference to NBA great Kareem Abdul Jabbar)could Fort Kent win. That line has became synonymous with me for long odds-“Not Even With Jabbar”

I am happy to report that as late December the 2016-17 version of the Fort Kent Bengals Men’s Basketball Team is 10-2. In honor of Coach Tom Bird @Tom22Basketball I am retiring that line-“Not Even With Jabbar”.






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