University of Maine officials didn't waste any time hiring a new football coach to replace Joe Harasymiak. At a late Friday afternoon press conference, offensive coordinator Nick Charlton was promoted to be the 36th head coach of Black Bear football.

"We are thrilled Nick has agreed to become the next head coach of the University of Maine Black Bears football program," says Ken Ralph, director of athletics. "It was important to us to keep the momentum going with the program and Nick has demonstrated he is ready for this next challenge in his professional life. I know our players share a strong personal connection with Nick, and he is fully capable of helping each of them reach their academic and athletic goals." - UMaine Press Release

Charlton, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Thursday, came to UMaine as a receivers coach in 2015. He added special teams coordinator to his duties in 2016 and took over as offensive coordinator this past season.

Before Maine, Charlton was a graduate assistant coach at Boston College. His undergraduate and Masters degrees are from Boston College.

Athletic director Ken Ralph told reporters that when outgoing coach Joe Harasymiak was asked who should take over the program, he emphatically said it was Charlton.

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