There are star players that are naturally good, come onto the scene with a bang, and their games do not evolve from freshman to senior seasons. And then there are student-athletes like UMPI women’s basketball’s Erica McGary. McGary tasted success as a freshman and used it to fuel her to continue working on her game and improving upon her already lofty freshman statistics.
- Erica averaged 11 points per game after her freshman year but was up over 16 ppg by her senior year. After pulling down 6 rebounds per game her freshman year, McGary was up to 10 rebounds per contest before she was done.
- In her freshman year, she was MVP of a tournament (UMPI’s own Star City Tournament; her senior year she was 1st team ALL-CONFERENCE and 2nd team ALL-STATE!
- Freshman year she won the first of 5 career “Conference Player of the Week” awards; by senior year she was team MVP and the UMPI Female Athlete of the Year.
- She achieved 1000 points in her career in the first month of her senior season.
“Erica was dominant and a “go to” player down the stretch in games. In fact, we ran the same play for four years when we needed a score at the end of games and I don’t remember her not either scoring or getting to the free throw line and not missing a free throw. Erica was a lockdown shooter from 15 feet and her versatility became a match-up problem for opponents. If teams put a guard on her, we’d post her up and if they put a post on her, we’d bring her out to the perimeter. She could score from anywhere.”
--Erica’s UMPI coach Alan Gordon
Her teammates describe a player that had a true passion for the game of basketball, that gave nothing less than her best every day, and her success with the UMPI Owls basketball program is well deserved.
Since her days at UMPI, Erica continues to strive to get better. Despite being a gifted and energetic teacher already for MSAD #29, she is now pursuing and has halfway completed the requirements for her School Counseling Graduate Internship.
Basketball has remained part of Erica’s life after he playing days as well. In 2004, she began coaching; teaching the skills that guided her to success as an athlete. Erica has coached girls’ basketball, softball, and girls soccer in the MSAD #29 school district. The last two seasons she has served as the JV Girls Basketball Coach at MSAD #29.
Erica currently resides in Houlton with her husband, Tim, and their two children Jay (5 yrs) and Ty (2 ½).
(Inducted September 15th, 2012)