Beginning his 29th season as the only head coach in the history of the University of Southern Maine women's treack & field and cross country program, George Towle brings a dedication and knowledge of the sport to the program that has made the USM women's program highly competitive within the Little East Conference and New England Region.
In 15 seasons at the helm of the USM women's indoor and outdoor track and field teams, Towle has guided his teams to numerous championships. During the 2012-13 indoor season, USM captured its 13th consecutive New England Alliance and Little East Conference Championships. The Huskies have also collected three Maine State Championships.
The Huskies were equally as successful during the 2013 outdoor track and field season, winning their 14th straight Little East Conference Championship. The Huskies also performed well at the New England Division III Championships, posting a 12th-place result in the 27-team standings.
In his 29 seasons as the head coach of the women's cross country team, Towle has guided USM to six Little East Conference Championships (1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997 and 1999), two New England Alliance Championships (1997 and 1999) and eight top ten finishes at the NCAA Division III Regional Championship (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2012).
During his tenure as the Huskies head coach, Towle has produced two cross country All-Americans (Penny Osborne - 1999 - and Molly Carl - 2011), six NCAA national qualifiers, two ECAC champions and eight runners who have won a combined total of 11 LEC titles.
In recognition of his success, Towle has been named the Little East Conference Coach of the Year for cross country in 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2012. He was the LEC Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and the LEC Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year in 2008, 2011 and 2012.
|Title:||Women's Track and Field Assistant Coach|
|Previous College:||Southern Connecticut '96|
Now in his 12th season as an assistant coach with the USM men’s track & field program, Mike Drummey has provided invaluable guidance to the Huskies’ men and women’s pole vaulters.
One of the top pole vaulters in New England during his collegiate days at Southern Connecticut State University, Drummey won the NCAA Division Two indoor and outdoor pole vault championships in 1995, and was runner-up indoors and third outdoors in 1994. During his career, he earned All-American honors six times (three indoor, three outdoor). Drummey won the outdoor IC4A title and was third at the Penn Pelays in 1994. He still holds the SCSU school record indoors (17-8 1/2) and outdoors (17-6 1/2).
During his tenure with the USM men and women’s track & field programs, Drummey has coached four All-Americans (Wil Snyder, 2004; Melissa Bellemore, 2006; Bethany Dumas, 2011; Molly Gibeault, 2017) and 41 Little East Conference champions.
|Title:||Women's Track and Field Assistant Coach|
The USM Department of Athletics is welcoming a familiar face in a new role as Jim Giroux will join the department staff as a full-time strength and conditioning coach and fitness center coordinator. No stranger to the athletic teams in Gorham, Giroux has been a member of the coaching staff of the Huskies' perennially successful women's track and field program since 2005.
"I'm absolutely thrilled that Jim Giroux has joined our staff on a full-time basis. Jim has been part of our women's track staff for many years and we are now able to fully utilize his talents as our Strength and Conditioning Coach and Fitness Center Manager," noted Southern Maine Director of Athletics Al Bean. "Jim has great experience and is immensely knowledgeable in the area of strength training. He has a proven track record, an excellent way of working with student-athletes and will be a tremendous asset to both our athletic programs and to all of our facility users."
A graduate of Nichols College with a degree in Business Administration, Giroux earned his Master's degree in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts. In addition to his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Giroux is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also holds licensing from the Unites States Track and Field Association, USA Weightlifting and has been certified in Functional Movement Screening.
With a passion for lifelong fitness and optimal performance for athletes of all ability levels, Giroux is familiar not only with members of the women's track and field program but nearly all of USM's approximate 500 student-athletes on an interim basis during the 2016-2017 academic year. Prior to his appointment at Southern Maine, Giroux has also served as personal trainer/coach at Dynamics Fitness and Performance since 2010, and as a member of the coaching staff for the Gorham High School indoor and outdoor track and field programs. Giroux was also an Assistant Track & Field Coach with the University of Massachusetts from 1988 through 2000.
With the advances in the study of human performance, it is a necessity at all levels – NCAA Division III through the professional ranks – to have a dedicated certified strength and conditioning coach on staff. Giroux's expertise and familiarity with USM's student-athletes is a great asset to USM athletics, its coaching staff and student-athletes.