Cindy Blodgett

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Cindy Blodgett
Guard
Born December 23, 1975
Clinton, Maine
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 130 lb (59 kg)
College University of Maine
WNBA career 1998–2001
WNBA teams
Cleveland Rockers (1998)
Sacramento Monarchs (1999–2001)
Awards and honors

Cindy Lee Blodgett (born December 23, 1975) is a former collegiate and professional basketball player. She was also the head coach at University of Maine from 2007 to 2011. Cindy attended Lawrence High School in Fairfield, where she was an all-star basketball player. She led the Bulldogs to a four-year career record of 84-4. Throughout that four-year period they won four state class A championships. Her tremendous accolades have made her a hero across the state of Maine.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Blodgett was a standout player for the women's basketball team at the University of Maine from 1994 to 1998. A four-time Kodak All-American, Blodgett became just the second woman in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in scoring four consecutive seasons, averaging over 27 points per game in her sophomore and junior years at Maine. She finished her career with 3,005 points, breaking a total of 20 school records. Blodgett led Maine to its first four appearances in the NCAA Basketball Tournament in the school's history.

Blodgett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Maine, graduating cum laude.

After graduation, she was selected by the Cleveland Rockers of the WNBA in the first round (#6 overall pick) of the 1998 WNBA Draft.

After spending one season with the Rockers, Blodgett was traded to the Sacramento Monarchs, and spent three seasons with them after which she was released.

Blodgett also played for the Springfield Spirit in the National Women's Basketball League.

Coaching career[edit]

Blodgett began her coaching career by serving as an assistant coach to the women's basketball team at Boston University during the 1999-2000 season. In 2003-04, she ran a summer skills basketball camp in her native Maine. On September 30, 2005, Blodgett became an assistant coach at Brown University.[3]

On June 28, 2005, her hometown of Clinton, Maine dedicated a public park in her honor.[4]

On May 23, 2007, The University of Maine named her the new women's head basketball coach.[5] She signed a four-year contract with her alma mater.

On September 21, 2010, Blodgett signed a two-year extension with the school that paid her $109,772 annually through the 2012-13 season. Her teams had compiled a 20-69 record over the first three years of her original contract.[6]

On March 29, 2011, following a 4-25 season, Blodgett was released from her position as head coach.[7] [8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cindy Blodgett Bio". GoBlackBears.com. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  2. ^ Canfield, Clarke (November 12, 2007). "The return of the native: Cindy Blodgett is back, and they remember her in Maine". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  3. ^ Brown University (2005-09-30). "Cindy Blodget added to women's basketball staff". Brown University Athletics. 
  4. ^ Brown, Gregory (2005-06-28). "Clinton dedicates Cindy Blodgett Park". Morning Sentinel. 
  5. ^ University of Maine (2007-05-23). "Maine names Cindy Blodgett women's basketball coach". GoBlackbears. 
  6. ^ Lenzi, Rachel (2010-09-21). "Maine Stays With Cindy Blodgett". Portland Press Herald.
  7. ^ Russell, Eric (March 29, 2011). "Blodgett ousted as UMaine women's basketball coach". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  8. ^ Canfield, Clarke (March 31, 2011). "Maine coach says she was 'fired without cause'". Associated Press. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 

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