Tuesday, 22 December 2015 21:44

Jon's 3-Point Play: Dec. 22, 2015

It's time for yet another edition of "Jon's 3-Point Play!"


This week, Jon salutes a baseball Hall of Famer for getting his number retired. Find out which Red Sox great will get the honors this upcoming May.


Then, take a look at one of the hottest teams in Class B boys basketball, as the Orono Red Riots try to prove why they deserve to be talked about going forward.

And who will take home the 3-Point Play? Find out!

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ORONO - University of Maine football defensive coordinator Joe Harasymiak has been named the next head coach of the program, the school announced via a press release Wednesday afternoon. He will resume the position of the retiring Jack Cosgrove, who announced his decision to step down as coach last month.


Harasymiak will become the 35th head coach in Black Bear football history. The school announced he has signed a new contract, a four-year deal valued at $150,000 per season. He had been named interim coach when Cosgrove decided to move into the associate athletic director role in November.


"I am pleased to introduce Joe Harasymiak as our next football coach at the University of Maine," Director of Athletics Karlton Creech said via the release. "We are delighted for his ability to continue the excellence of Black Bear football and are excited for the opportunity for him to make a lasting impact on the program."


The 29-year-old has been credited as the mastermind behind the "Black Hole" defense, one that ranked inside the Top 20 nationally. He served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the past two seasons.


"I am extremely excited and honored to be chosen as the next head football coach here at the University of Maine," Harasymiak said in a separate release. "To think of all of the great head coaches who have come through here, and to be selected to be part of that group, is humbling. I can't wait to get started." 


The Black Bears finished 3-8 this season, with all three wins coming in conference play. They struggled on the road however, picking up just one victory away from Alfond Stadium.


Creech told ABC 7 and FOX 22 last week he had hoped to have a new coach named before the holiday break next week. Harasymiak will officially take the position Jan. 1, 2016. Harasymiak was unavailable for direct comment, as he was on a recruiting trip.



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