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Maine Black Bears
2022 Maine Black Bears football team
Maine Black Bears script.svg
First season1892
Athletic directorKen Ralph
Head coachJordan Stevens
1st season, 0–0 (–)
StadiumAlfond Stadium
(capacity: 8,419)
Field surfaceFieldTurf
LocationOrono, Maine
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
All-time record571–415–33 (.577)
Playoff record5–8
Conference titles13
RivalriesNew Hampshire Wildcats
ColorsMaine blue, white, and navy[1]
MascotBananas T. Bear

The Maine Black Bears football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Maine located in the U.S. state of Maine. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Colonial Athletic Association. Maine's first football team was fielded in 1892. The team plays its home games at the 8,419 seat Alfond Stadium in Orono, Maine.


See also: List of Maine Black Bears football seasons

Conference affiliations


The Black Bears have appeared in the Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs eight times. They have a 5–8 record in playoff games.

Year Round Opponent Result
1987 First Round Georgia Southern L 28–31
1989 First Round Missouri State L 35–38
2001 First Round
McNeese State
Northern Iowa
W 14–10
L 28–56
2002 First Round
Appalachian State
Georgia Southern
W 14–13
L 7–31
2008 First Round Northern Iowa L 15–40
2011 Second Round
Appalachian State
Georgia Southern
W 34–12
L 23–35
2013 Second Round New Hampshire L 27–41
2018 Second Round
Jacksonville State
Weber State
Eastern Washington
W 55–27
W 23–18
L 19–50

Bowl games

Maine has participated in one bowl game. Their record is 0–1.

Season Bowl Opponent Result
1965 Tangerine Bowl East Carolina L 0–31

Conference championships

Maine has won thirteen conference championships, seven shared and six outright.[2]

Season Conference Coach Record Conference record
1949† Yankee Conference David M. Nelson 2–4–1 2–0–1
1951 Yankee Conference Harold Westerman 6–0–1 3–0–1
1952† Yankee Conference Harold Westerman 4–3 3–1
1961 Yankee Conference Harold Westerman 8–0–1 5–0
1965 Yankee Conference Harold Westerman 8–2 5–0
1974 Yankee Conference Walter Abbott 4–6 4–2
1982 Yankee Conference Ron Rogerson 7–4 3–2
1987† Yankee Conference Tim Murphy 8–4 6–1
1989† Yankee Conference Tom Lichtenberg 9–3 6–2
2001† Atlantic 10 Conference Jack Cosgrove 9–3 7–2
2002† Atlantic 10 Conference Jack Cosgrove 11–3 7–2
2013 Colonial Athletic Association Jack Cosgrove 10–3 7–1
2018 Colonial Athletic Association Joe Harasymiak 8–3 7–1

† – Conference co-champions


New Hampshire Wildcats

Main article: Battle for the Brice-Cowell Musket

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:


  1. ^ Colors – Branding Toolbox – University of Maine. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "2018 Maine Football Media Guide" (PDF). University of Maine. 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2022.