Report: Maine women’s coach Lewis steps down amid potential violations

While not made official by Maine, the Bangor Daily News reported Wednesday that women’s head coach Maria Lewis will resign her position Thursday.

Lewis has been on paid administrative leave since Sept. 16, when an investigation began focusing on potential NCAA violations.

“It’s good to have it resolved,” said Maine athletic director Steve Abbott in the story. “Maria worked very hard and cared very deeply about the program. She really wanted it to succeed. This is a difficult situation for all of us.”

Lewis could not be reached by the paper for comment.

Abbott added that Maine will be reporting Level 3 violations to the NCAA within the next two weeks.

“These are secondary violations but they’re still serious,” Abbott added. “They involve countable athletic-related activities. There was excess practice time and there were workouts supervised by a coach when they were supposed to be captain’s practices.”