|Title:||Women's Basketball Head Coach|
|College:||Vermont '75, '82|
Gary Fifield came to Gorham in 1987 succeeding legendary head coach Richard "Doc" Costello and quickly established himself as one of the premier women's college basketball coaches in the nation. During his 22 seasons with the Huskies, Fifield, the 2005 Russell Athletic/WBCA Division III National Coach of the Year, fortified the strong tradition of winning that is synonymous with University of Southern Maine women's basketball.
Over the course of 22 seasons, Fifield guided USM to a combined 562-97 record (.855 winning percentage). Fifield and the Huskies' impressive win total is even more staggering when one considers Southern Maine's 18 shared or outright Little East Conference regular season titles, 17 LEC tournament championships, including a string of 11 tournament crowns dating back to the 1996-1997 season and his team's consistent appearance in postseason play during his tenure. Fifield's teams were consistently successful and advanced to postseason play every year that he was the head coach - a tradition for USM that began 30 years ago in 1976.
Among his litany of awards, Fifield received the top honor a coach can achieve during a career when he was selected as the 2005 Russell Athletic/WBCA Division III National Coach of the Year. The veteran coach garnered the accolade after leading his team to a school record 31-3 overall mark, including an unblemished 14-0 regular season record in the LEC, the team's ninth consecutive LEC tournament championship and their fourth of five appearances in the NCAA Division III "Final Four."
Fifield's awards include being named the WBCA District I Coach of the Year five times (1992, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2006). Fifield earned the 1998 honor after leading his team to a 29-3 overall record and a spot in the NCAA Division III National Championship game. In 2003, Fifield was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. And his dominance against his Little East Conference opponents was recognized as he earned or shared the Little East Conference Coach of the Year award 13 times.
Fifield earned his 500th career victory on January 9, 2007, with a 75-63 win over Rhode Island College. His milestone mark came just three years, one month and 14 days after his 400th career win that was claimed when the Huskies defeated Bates College 84-61 on Nov. 25, 2003. Since his 400th career victory Southern Maine continued to roll and post impressive win totals. During the 2006-07 season, Fifield and the Huskies added to their records, extending their NCAA Division III record with their 27th consecutive season of 20-or-more wins. USM began its record-setting march under former coach Richard “Doc” Costello during the 1980-81 season.
During the 2004-2005 campaign, USM also set a new school record for consecutive wins earning 28 victories in a row, beginning December 4, 2004 and ending with a loss to the eventual national champion, Millikin, on March 18, 2005, at the Final Four. The 2005-06 Huskies continued the USM tradition of excellence, posting the program's best ever finish with a 32-2 mark, a Little East Conference championship and Southern Maine's fifth trip to the NCAA Final Four and third appearance in the National Championship game.
During his 22 seasons, Fifield has had ten different players receive All-American or honorable mention All-American honors on 14 occasions. Fifield's players have also distinguished themselves academically. Most recently, two-time WBCA All-American Ashley Marble was named the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year for the College Division and a first team Academic All-American.
Fifield further distinguished himself with his selection as an assistant coach for the West team at the 1993 Olympic Festival in San Antonio. He was the lone Division III women's coach selected to participate.
A 1975 graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.S. in physical education, Fifield earned a master's degree in educational administration from Vermont in 1982. Fifield, and his wife, Mary, have one son and reside in Buxton, Maine.
|Title:||Women's Basketball Assistant Coach|
|College:||University of New Hampshire '07|
After a successful collegiate playing career and five-year career as a professional basketball player in Europe, Danielle Clark is returning to her home state in her first season on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the University of Southern Maine women’s basketball team.
A 2003 graduate of Nokomis High School, where she won a State Championship in 2001, Clark continued her playing career at the University of New Hampshire. Earning a full basketball scholarship, Clark was a two-time America East All-Conference selection for the Wildcats and was named the 2007 Jim Urguhart Student-Athlete of the Year as a senior. Excelling in the classroom, Clark was selected to the America East All-Academic team. She was a four-year member of the dean’s list and a three-year member of the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Clark earned her degree in Journalism from UNH in 2007 with honors.
After concluding her career at UNH, Clark went on to a four-year career as a professional basketball player in Europe. From 2007-2008, Clark played for Division 3 Damiel in Spain before moving to the Division 2 Panthers of Osnabruck, Germany, helping the Panthers finish second in their league from 2008-2010. For the 2010-2011 season, Clark played for the Division 2 BasCats in Heidelburg, Germany helping her team to a third place finish. Clark played her final season for the Division 1 Hurricanes of Rotenburg, Germany and was in the top ten in scoring and rebounding.
Along with her coaching duties, Clark is working with first-year student-athletes to help with their transition to college academics and is an assistant coordinator for the USM Learning Center in the Costello Sports Complex. In her role with the learning center, Clark is monitoring student-athletes progress with mandatory study hours and providing a resource for academic assistance.
|Title:||Women's Basketball Assistant Coach|
|College:||Franklin Pierce University '09|
Following a three-year career playing professional basketball in Germany for the Qtsu Dragons, Toby Martin will take her turn on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the USM women’s basketball team. One of the top high school players in the State of Maine, Martin graduated from Maranacook High School in 2005 as a 1000-point score and three-time Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference (KVAC) Player of the Year (2003, 2004 and 2005) and a two-time All-State selection (2004 and 2005).
After high school, Martin played at Division II Franklin Pierce University where she earned a degree in Journalism in 2009 after graduating Magna Cum Laude. While playing for the Ravens, Martin helped her team win the 2009 Northeast 10 Conference Championship. During the 2009 season, Martin was named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team as the Ravens captured its second consecutive NCAA Regional Championship and went on to play in the NCAA Division II National Championship game.
Along with her coaching duties, Martin is interning in the USM Athletic Department and is enrolled in graduate school.