APPLETON, Wisconsin — University of Southern Maine junior shortstop Sam Dexter of Oakland received the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Gold Bat Award as the National Player of the Year for Division III during the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament banquet Thursday night.

Dexter is the second USM player in the last three years to be named the Division III Player of the Year by the ABCA. Tucker White received the honor in 2013.

Dexter and senior right-handed pitcher Andrew Richards of South Portland are among the 15 players named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America First Team. The All-American honor is the first for both players. They are the 27th and 28th USM players since 1982 to receive ABCA All-American honors.

Dexter, also the Little East Conference and New England Region Player of the Year, posted a .441 batting average. He collected 82 hits, including 21 doubles, three triples and eight home runs in 186 at bats. He also had a team-leading 44 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Dexter became the 26th player in USM baseball program history to reach the 200-career hit plateau, achieving that milestone against Framingham State University on April 12.

Richards finished his senior season with an 11-5 record with nine saves and a 1.73 ERA en route to earning the Pitcher of the Year honor. Richards pitched 114 1/3 innings allowing 22 earned runs on 94 hits and 19 walks while striking out a single-season record 108 batters.

Richards is the second USM hurler, joining Logan Carman in 2013, as the recipient of’s top pitcher in the region.

Dexter and Richards led USM to the 2015 Little East Conference Championship, marking the Huskies’ third title in the last four seasons, and were named the Co-Most Outstanding Players of the recent Little East Conference tournament.

Husson names football captains

Former Bangor High School football standouts Ellis Throckmorton and Josiah Hartley have been named captains of the Husson University football team in Bangor for the upcoming season along with Matt Archer of Chesterville and Rick Orio of Stoneham, Massachusetts.

“The Husson football team has selected four outstanding young men to lead them in 2015. Rick, Josiah, Ellis and Matt are all strong and committed leaders. Each is unique but all possess a great love for their teammates and Husson football,” head coach Gabby Price said in a news release Friday.

“They will be surrounded by an outstanding group of returning players who will also be called upon for their leadership skills,” Price said. “Our captains are excited to guide, mold and motivate their teammates to achieve great success.”

Colby selects assistant football coach

Matt Dugan, with coaching experience at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Maine Maritime Academy, is a new assistant coach for the Colby College football program.

Dugan will coach the running backs for head coach Jonathan Michaeles.

“We are excited to have Matt on board. His enthusiasm and professionalism have already made a difference on our staff,” Michaeles said in a news release. “He is a proven Division III coach who understands and values the demands of a student-athlete. His experience coaching and recruiting will be an asset to our program.”

Dugan was the junior varsity head coach and a graduate assistant offensive line coach at Springfield from January 2013 to January 2015.

Dugan just earned his master’s degree this month in physical education from Springfield. He also earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Springfield in 2012.

Before starting his master’s degree, Dugan spent one season as an assistant at Maine Maritime in Castine in the 2012 season. He was a positional coach for running backs and long snappers.

Dugan played four years of football at Springfield, starting on the offensive line his final two years. He earned the Male Athlete Unsung Hero Award and the Solem-Dunn-Osur Brotherhood Award during his time with the Pride.