ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine is sad to announce the passing of former football head coach Harold Westerman.
Coach Westerman, known to many as "Westy," devoted 33 years to the University of Maine as an assistant coach (1949-50), head coach (1951-66) and athletic director (1967-82).
Westerman graduated from Michigan in 1942 and joined the staff in 1949 under Coach Dave Nelson, and helped create the Wing-T offense, which immediately resulted in a Yankee Conference Championship in 1949.
He took over head coaching duties in 1951, and won consecutive conference titles in '51 and '52, including an undefeated record of 6-0-1 in '51.
He added another undefeated record, 8-0-1, in 1961 to capture his third conference title.
In 1965, Westerman led the Black Bears to perhaps their greatest season ever, going 8-2, winning the Yankee Conference title and the Lambert Trophy. Maine advanced to play in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Westerman has a career record of 80-39-7, while his players garnered 53 Yankee Conference honors and three All-American honors.
He is just one of four members of the Black Bear Football Ring of Honor, inducted in 2007.
"He was a great mentor and friend, attending practices, addressing our recent teams, and sharing in the joy of our 2011 success!," said Maine head coach Jack Cosgrove. "For everyone who knew, played or coached with Coach Westerman, you have our deepest sympathies."