Cindy Blodgett, who just finished her second year as University of Maine women's basketball coach, is generally regarded as the best basketball player in Maine's history.
She had both a storied career in high school, where she led Lawrence High School of Fairfield to four consecutive Class A state championships, and at UMaine, where she helped the Black Bears to their first four NCAA tournament appearances.
Scoring was her forte, although she is regarded as an excellent passer as well. She finished high school as the state's all-time leading scorer, with 2,596 points. At Maine, she finished with a school-record 3,005 points, breaking 20 school records along the way. She is ranked sixth in scoring in NCAA history and is one of just two women to lead the nation in Division I scoring for two consecutive seasons, averaging over 27 points a game in her sophomore and junior seasons at Maine.
Blodgett, a native of Clinton, received many individual honors as well. In high school, she was awarded the Gatorade Player of the Year three times, in 1992, 1993, and 1994, and was named Miss Basketball in 1992.
At UMaine, she was a two-time America East Player of the Year, four-time winner of the conference tournament MVP award, a four-time WBCA District I All-America choice and an Academic All-America selection in 1998.
She graduated cum laude from Maine in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
Blodgett continued to play beyond college. She was drafted sixth overall by the Cleveland Rockers in the WNBA. After one season, the Rockers traded her to the Sacramento Monarchs, where she played for three more seasons.
She also played internationally in both Korea and France.
Blodgett worked as an assistant coach at Boston University for two years, then at Brown University for two years, where her duties were greatly expanded.
On May 23, 2007, she was named the 10th coach in UMaine women's basketball history.
At the time, her former coach at Maine, Joanne P. McCallie, now the head coach at Duke, told the Portland Press Herald, "She knows Maine. She has all the intangibles and, anything else, she will work for. Nobody ever worked harder than Cindy."
The Black Bears have only won 12 games her first two seasons, but play with that same intense effort that Blodgett displayed in her career.?
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