James DeMartini was a 4 year varsity starter for the Garnets football team and played on the 2012 team that went 7-3. James performed all facets of the kicking game for the Garnets for all 4 years and went 40 for 42 in extra points in his senior year. However, it was his punting that the coaching staff felt had Division 1 potential. James also played Varsity baseball as a pitcher and right fielder.
After graduation, James attended Bridgton Academy located in Bridgton Maine for a post graduate year. This gave him time to catch up with his peers both physically and academically without using a year of college eligibility. While playing for Bridgton, James served as their kicker and punter against numerous Division 1 and Division 2 JV squads such as; Yale, Brown, Holy Cross and Navy Prep. It was playing in the New England region that exposed James to the University of Maine coaching staff.
However, in order to firm up his Division 1 eligibility, it was recommended that James attend Dean College in Franklin Massachusetts. Dean is a 4 year college but their sports programs play under the NJCAA which consists of over 200 colleges from around the country. While at Dean, James was named First Team All-Conference with a punt average of 39.5 yards, a long punt of 75 yards and 19 punts being downed inside the 20.
Off the field, James achieved the new academic eligibility requirements that were put in place in 2013 for college transfer students. In order to transfer to the NCAA Division 1 level, James needed to maintain 2.5 GPA and earn an Associate’s Degree. James achieved both of these requirements which lead to the offer from the University of Maine. James hopes to become the team’s starting punter this coming season. The University of Maine Black Bears will open their season at Boston College on September 5th. The Black Bears will also be facing off against Villanova at home on October 31st.
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