New UMaine women’s basketball coach adds former Black Bear player to staff

University of Maine women’s basketball coach Richard Barron named Tracy Guerrette director of women’s basketball operations Thursday.

Guerrette played for the Black Bears from 1998-2002 as a recruited walk-on who later earned a scholarship. She led Maine with 30 3-pointers in her junior season and played for both Joanne P. McCallie and Sharon Versyp, twice competing in the NCAA tournament.

Guerrette spent the last four years as head coach and sports information director at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

“There is such a rich tradition of excellence and pride at UMaine to build off of, and I am confident that there are great things in store for the future of this program,” Guerrette said.

BASEBALL: Nebraska hired former major league All-Star Darin Erstad as head coach.

Erstad was a volunteer hitting coach this season with the Cornhuskers. He was the punter on Nebraska’s 1994 national championship football team and the first pick of the 1995 major league draft.


NHL: The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Mark Pysyk to a three-year entry-level contract.

Pysyk, selected by the Sabres in the first round of the 2010 draft, posted career highs in points (40), assists (34) and plus/minus (plus 29) in his third junior hockey season with the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League.

Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced the organization will not renew the contract of associate coach Brian McCutcheon, who spent the past 11 seasons with Buffalo, including five as associate coach.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Roman Polak signed a five-year contract extension.

The Washington Capitals acquired left wing Taylor Stefishen from the Nashville Predators for a conditional pick in the 2013 draft.


FIFA: Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of soccer’s governing body after a major bribery scandal left him as the only candidate to deal with a sport reeling from a wave of corruption allegations.


EUROPEAN TOUR: South African Keith Horne led the Wales Open after shooting a 7-under 64 in the opening round at Newport, Wales.

Peter Hanson of Sweden was second after making four straight birdies from No. 14 in shooting a 65.


HALL OF FAMER DIES: Pauline Betz Addie, the top women’s player in the U.S. in the 1940s, died Tuesday at 91.

Addie reached the finals of the U.S. National Championship, now the U.S. Open, every year from 1941-46, winning the title four times..

EVERT ON TV: Chris Evert, the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, will serve as a television analyst for ESPN at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.