University of Maine Head Women’s Basketball Coach Richard Barron to Take Indefinite Medical Leave

University of Maine women’s basketball coach Richard Barron will take an indefinite medical leave, effective Friday.

“I appreciate the concern people have showed me over the past month,” Barron said in a news release. “My condition was not improving and the medication had side effects that interfered with coaching effectively. I care deeply for our players and staff and I believe it is in the team’s best interest that I take a medical leave. I know our fans will give them their full support.”

Associate head coach Amy Vachon, a former Black Bears star now in her sixth season on staff at UMaine, will lead the team in Barron’s absence. Her stint will begin with UMaine’s game noon against UMBC at the Cross Insurance Center on Saturday.

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