Former University of Maine standout linebacker and assistant coach Dennis Dottin-Carter said former UMaine football coach Jack Cosgrove was a major influence and the lessons he learned will be implemented as he moves forward as the interim head coach at the University of Delaware.
Dottin-Carter was named to replace Dave Brock after Brock was fired on Sunday. Dottin-Carter was the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach.
Brock was 19-22 in his three-plus seasons. After a 2-0 start, the Blue Hens have lost four straight including a 28-21 loss to Maine two weekends ago.
Dottin-Carter was a first team All-Atlantic 10 and All-New England selection as a linebacker at Maine in 2002 and began his college coaching career at Maine in 2008.
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“Working with coach Cosgrove was an honor. I’m indebted to him,” said Dottin-Carter, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, native. “He provided me with an opportunity as a student and a player to further my education and he hired me for my first college job.
“He did a lot of things the right way. He taught me that presentation was key. Being prepared was key as was being organized. He taught me all those things,” Dottin-Carter added.
He coached at Maine from 2008-12 before becoming the defensive line coach at Delaware in 2013.
Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak said Dottin-Carter’s hiring “speaks volumes about who he is as a coach. They selected him out of a whole staff of coaches. They did that for a reason.
“It has a lot to do with how hard their defensive line plays for him and what they think of him.”
Delaware has three coaches with at least five years of experience.
Dottin-Carter said his number one priority will be to “make sure the players are taken care of the best that we can.
“Coach Brock did a tremendous job. I’m indebted to him. Everybody loved him. We need to be together and move forward. Our leader isn’t with us so we need more people to step up as leaders,” he said.
He will make his debut when Stony Brook visits Delaware on Saturday.
“We still have an outside chance of making the playoffs,” Dottin-Carter said. “We have to win a game this week. We have to take it one game at a time.”