With University of Maine Athletic Director set to return to the political arena, the school announced that Seth Woodcock will take over as interim AD while the search continues for Abbott's replacement.

Woodcock has been with the department since 2012 working as the Associate AD for Development. In a press release issued by the University Woodcock said "I am humbled and honored to accept President Ferguson's appointment as interim athletics director at the University of Maine--my alma mater. Our coaches administrators and staff at Maine's only Division I athletic program will progress as a team in an atmosphere of integrity, trust, and hard work. We will continue to develop and produce quality student-athletes and a nationally recognized athletic program for our fans."

A 1999 UMaine graduate, Woodcock is also serving on the selection committee to find the new athletic director.