Jared Turcotte and Mark Masterson of the University of Maine football have been named to the 2010 Preseason All-America Team by Consensus Draft Services.

Senior Steven Barker was an honorable mention.

Turcotte, a junior running back from Lewiston, missed all of 2009 with a sports hernia in his lower abdomen. In 2008, he rushed for 625 yards and seven touchdowns and caught 25 passes for 285 yards and a TD to garner All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team honors and was a second-team All-America pick of The Sporting News.

Masterson, a senior linebacker from Williamstown, N.J., will return after missing all but two games last season with a foot injury. He posted 68 tackles in 2008 with two fumble recoveries and an interception.

UM football game times released

UMaine has announced the kickoff times for its 2010 football schedule.

The Black Bears open at home Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. against Albany, then hit the road for games Sept. 11 at Monmouth (1 p.m.) and Sept. 18 at Syracuse (7:15 p.m.).

UMaine’s then faces William & Mary on Sept. 25 (6 p.m.) and New Hampshire on Oct. 2 (6 p.m.), both in Orono, before playing Oct. 9 at Delaware (TBA) and Oct. 16 (noon) at home against Villanova.

The Bears play three straight road contests, Oct. 23 (12:30 p.m.) at Rhode Island, Nov. 6 (3:30 p.m.) at Massachusetts and Nov. 13 (2 p.m.) at Towson. UMaine closes the regular season Nov. 20 (noon) at home against James Madison.

Season tickets, starting at $40 for adults, are available by calling 207-581-2327.

UM hockey season tickets mailed

UMaine has mailed out its season tickets for the 2010-11 season, the theme of which is, “The Future is Now for Maine Hockey.”

UMaine athletics reports more than 100 new season tickets have been sold for next season and plenty are available. Season tickets are $324, a savings of $42 on the single-game price.

The deadline for season-ticket renewals is June 30.

For ticket information, call 207-581-2327 or 1-800-756-8326.

The Bears open Oct. 3 vs. Acadia at Alfond Arena in Orono.

Fritz new UMM volleyball coach

Amy Fritz has been named the head volleyball coach at the University of Maine-Machias, athletic director Brac Brady has announced.

Fritz replaces John Duncan, who left UMM for personal reasons. She has been an assistant coach with the Clippers each of the last two seasons.

“I am very happy to have Amy Fritz move up into the head coaching role for our volleyball program,” Brady said in a press release. “She is very familiar with our program and the student-athletes that we currently have.”

Fritz played volleyball at Washington Academy in East Machias in the late 1970s, then competed at the University of Maine-Presque Isle, where was voted the team MVP as a senior in 1985.

Fritz earned a B.S. in recreation from UMPI and later served as a high school volleyball referee and an assistant coach at WA.

UMF restructures coaching jobs

Longtime University of Maine-Farmington coach Dick Meader will relinquish his baseball responsibilities as part of an organizational restructuring in the department.

Meader, 64, will continue to head the UMF men’s basketball program, which he has directed since 1993. He will also serve as an instructor in UMF’s coaching curriculum and provide more assistance in event management along with special projects and with admissions and development.

The 1968 graduate of Farmington State College (now UMF) has posted a 378-439 career coaching record in basketball, covering 17 seasons at Thomas College in Waterville and 17 seasons at UMF, where his teams are 114-120.

Meader, who played both baseball and basketball in college, coached UMF baseball from 1993-2010, guiding the Beavers to a 167-318 record.

UMF athletic director Julie Davis is accepting applications and nominations for the Beavers’ part-time baseball coaching position.

USM’s Richardson honored

Justin Richardson of the University of Southern Maine in Gorham has been named to the 2009-10 CoSIDA Academic All-District I Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country First Team.

The senior from Turner earned a degree in criminology with a 3.71 grade point average. Richardson was a captain for the Huskies’ cross country, indoor and outdoor teams.

This spring, he was an All-Little East Conference and All-New England Alliance pick after winning the 800 meters and placing second in the 1,500.