Staff
Head Coach
Richard Barron

Richard Barron is in his fifth year with the Black Bears, and his 16th overall season as a head coach. Coach Barron’s Black Bears have made significant strides in his first four year’s and have already turned the corner on the path to greatness. Barron’s mentoring throughout the 2014-15 season guided the Black Bears to their highest achievement of success in over 10 years as Maine reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2004-05 and totaled its highest amount of wins (23) in 11 years. The success of 2014-15 brought Maine back into the national picture as it reached a #19 ranking in the College Insider Mid-Major Top-25, returned to the WNIT for the first time since 2005 and captured the 2015 America East Regular Season Co-Championship. Maine’s success on the court continued to be matched by its community service and academic efforts. The Black Bears finished the year with the 24th best GPA in the nation (3.399) while spending countless hours off the court giving back to the Black Bear Nation community.

Barron, who grew up in both Florida and Tennessee, graduated from Kenyon College with a B.S. in biology. He graduated cum laude after being named to the dean’s list all eight semesters. Barron played both basketball and baseball while at Kenyon. Barron and his wife, Maureen, a former Princeton softball coach, are the proud parents of twin daughters, Lane and Rae, and son, Billy.

Assistant Coach
Amy Vachon

Amy Vachon is in her fifth year as an assistant coach with the University of Maine staff. Vachon will continue to work closely with the Black Bear guards as well as breaking down video and developing scouting reports. Following the 2011-12 season, Vachon was also promoted to Recruiting Coordinator.

University of Maine women’s basketball coach Richard Barron named Amy Vachon as an assistant coach on May 16, 2011. Vachon, a 2000 graduate of the University of Maine, had a fantastic four-year career as a student-athlete with the Black Bears.

“I am very excited to have Amy Vachon join our staff,” said Barron. “Amy has been a great success at everything she has taken on in her life. Amy has coaching in her DNA! She has proven to be a strong coach and communicator, winning the Maine Class A state championship as McAuley’s coach this past season. Her understanding of and networking with Maine girls basketball will be a tremendous asset and her experience on great teams and as Maine’s all-time assist leader will help us as we communicate to recruits the potential of this program. I couldn’t be more pleased that she has accepted the offer!”

A two-time captain, Vachon led the Black Bears to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and was a member of the squad that knocked off Stanford in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament. Maine compiled a four-year record of 87-35 with Vachon on the team, including an impressive record of 61-11 in conference play. She was part of a Maine team that won back-to-back America East Championships in 1996–97 and 1997–98.

Vachon holds Maine records for the most assists in a season (234). She also holds the Maine and America East record for assists in a career with 759. She currently ranks 22nd all-time in NCAA history in career assists. Vachon earned a spot on the America East All-Tournament Team in 1999.

Prior to joining the University of Maine women’s basketball staff, Vachon was the head coach at Catherine McAuley High School, located in Portland, Maine. Vachon coached McAuley to the 2011 Maine Class A State Championship.

Vachon knows the demands of a Division I student-athletes, as she also excelled in the classroom. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2000 with a degree in elementary education. In 2002, she earned her Master’s of Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in school counseling. While an undergraduate, she was named: All-Maine Women Honor Society, Dean’s List, America East All-Conference Academic Honor Roll, Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Board.

Assistant Coach
Edniesha Curry

Edniesha Curry was hired as an assistant coach at the University of Maine on July 7, 2015.

A former WNBA third round draft pick, Curry joins the University of Maine after spending the past four years training and developing players across the world with stops in Vietnam, China, Israel and Palestine. Most recently, Curry was the head coach for SSA Basketball in Ho Chi Minh City where she was in charge of the delivery of basketball programs across the city for ages 6-18. Curry produced and implemented all player and coaching development curriculums while serving as camp director. Also while in Vietnam, Curry served as the lead Junior NBA Schools Basketball Skills Clinician, directing and leading 25 school clinics.

Prior to her time in Vietnam, Curry participated in the Nike Pre-Draft Chicago School where she was the lead girls basketball skill development instructor. Curry's main focus in at the Chicago School was to develop weekly pre-draft skill sessions, designed to educate, enhance and elevate elite girls basketball athletes.

Curry enjoyed a four year WNBA career after being selected in the third round of the 2002 draft by the Charlotte Sting. Curry helped lead teams to winning seasons as a point guard for the Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks before taking her talents overseas where she competed in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece, Israel, Hungary and Poland. Curry was named a Greek All-Star in 2005 and helped lead her Hungary squad to the FIBA Cup Europe in 2006.

Curry has worked numerous camps, highlighted by her time spent at the Nike Pre-Season Academy in Portland, Ore.

Curry received her bachelor of science in sociology from the University of Oregon in 2002 before obtaining her master of business administration-project management at American Inter-Continental University in 2006.