Tuesday, 20 March 2018 19:27

Orono's Coleman resigns, will be named UMaine men's basketball director of basketball operations

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ORONO - After seven years coaching boys basketball at Orono High School, Jason Coleman is leaving the school.


Coleman confirmed to ABC 7 and Fox 22 Tuesday he has stepped down as Orono boys basketball head coach in order to pursue a new opportunity. While he could not specify what is next, a source with knowledge of the situation said Coleman is leaving the school in order to become the next director of basketball operations with the University of Maine men's basketball program.


UMaine has not officially announced any of Richard Barron's new coaching staff, but Coleman's name is the second to surface in a week. Jeff Solari of the "Sports Chowdah" first reported last week Bangor Christian athletic director and former Black Bear Kevin Reed would be one of Barron's assistants, something multiple sources would later confirm to ABC 7 and Fox 22.


Maine is expected to officially name its full staff by the beginning of April.


Coleman's run with Orono saw the Red Riots come close multiple times to a regional championship, but they never were quite able bring home a gold ball. Still, Orono made regional final appearances three times in the last four years across two different  classes. The team also won three sportsmanship awards in that time.

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Jon Alba joined ABC 7 and FOX 22 in September of 2015 to serve as sports director and anchor. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he served as general manager of the school's television station Q30 Television for two years.

During his tenure, Q30 was named "College Television Station of the Year" by the College Media Association in 2014, and picked up additional national award recognition as well. Jon has been acknowledged by the Society of Professional Journalists for his commitment to sports journalism, including his investigative work while covering Quinnipiac Athletics.

Prior to moving to Maine, Jon was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. There, he formed a passion for covering sports, knowing since age 5 he wanted to tell stories for a living.

In the past, Jon has worked at MLB Network, alongside MLB Advanced Media. Additionally, his work has been featured on AOL Sports. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @JonAlba.