Richard Lupo
Richard Lupo
Nickname: Rick
Title: Head Women's Basketball Coach
City: Machias
State: ME
ZIP Code: 04654
Phone: 207-255-1387(office) 207-271-3254(cell)
Email: rick.lupo@yahoo.com or richard.p.lupo@maine.edu

Rick Lupo is in his second year as the head women's basketball coach.  Entering his first year as head coach, Rick was faced with the challenge of creating a team.  With only 3 players returning  he had some serious recruiting to do.  Rick met that challenge head on and recruited 5 more players.  In spite of playing with as few as 5 players at times (due to injuries) his team still qualified for the Elite 8 tournament.

Rick started playing basketball at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire before moving to Maine and attending Washington Academy.  Rick attended and played basketball at UMM while pursuing his degree in Sports and fitness Management.

Rick has spent his early coaching career helping out at camps, the most recent being camp Takajo in Naples, Maine.  He also coached freshman and JV girls at Washington Academy as well as being the assistant coach of the varsity team.  Rick got his start coaching college ball as the interim Head men's basketball coach here at UMM, where he took the team to the Elite 8 playoffs in 2013.

Having ben born and raised in New England, Rick is a die hard Boston fan.  Rick has a passion for all sports and loves the way it brings people from all walks of life together.

Leigh Ann Garstecki
Leigh Ann Garstecki
Nickname: Leigh Ann
Title: Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Email: leigh.garstecki@maine.edu

Leigh Ann is in her second year as the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.  She is also the Director of the Murdock Fitness & Aquatics Center for UMM.

Although her playing career ended after high school, Leigh Ann brings her experience as a Division I Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as her passion for the game, to the team.  She helps lead the team in their offseason/preseason conditioning as well as developing their weight training regimens.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then went on to earn her Masters in Exercise and Wellness at Eastern Kentucky University.  Throughout those years she worked with the respective schools athletic teams alongside their strength and conditioning staff.  In addition she was fortunate to intern at the University of Florida, working with the women’s basketball and soccer teams.

Garstecki moved to Maine from the Midwest 2 years ago bringing no shortage of Badger and Packer pride with her!  Loves sports and fitness, and feels blessed to be in a career that is both exciting and rewarding.