Ray Jean Named Men's Ice Hockey Volunteer Goaltending Coach
ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine men's ice hockey coach Red Gendron announced today that he has named Ray Jean volunteer goaltending coach. Jean played for the Black Bears from 2000-2004 and has run his own goaltending school the past 10 years.
"I am very excited and happy to be back at the University of Maine," said Jean. "To be able to work with Coach Gendron, the Maine team and goalies is a great honor and I am looking forward to it."
Jean runs his own goaltending school, Own the Crease, with his brothers, Ryan and Cody. He trains and develops goaltenders based on their individual skill set. He teaches goaltenders to communicate effectively and complement physical and mental strengths. In addition, Jean has worked with the University of Southern Maine.
Jean played at Maine from 2002-2004 along side two of Maine's all-time great goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Frank Doyle. He finished his career at Bentley where he played in 54 games. He compiled a record of 12-13-4 in 2006-07 with a 2.86 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. Following graduation, Jean played in the American Hockey League with the Portland Pirates and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. He also played in the ECHL and CHL.
Jean replaces John Racine, who resigned recently as he accepted a promotion at work.
"The Men's Hockey Program here at Maine is extremely grateful for the excellent coaching John Racine provided our goalies during his brief tenure," said Gendron. "Although we are sad to lose his presence on our team, we are delighted that he has received a promotion and wish both he and his family much success and happiness."