Walter Abbott (American football)

Walter H. Abbott is a former American football player and coach, college athletics administrator, and university professor. He served as the head football coach at the University of Maine from 1967 through 1975, compiling a record of a 27–53. His Maine Black Bears football team won a share of Yankee Conference championship in 1974. Abbott served two stints as interim athletic director at Maine, from 1991 to 1992 and again from 1994 to 1995.[1] He also was a member of the university's faculty until his retirement in 2010. Walt is well known for creating and instructing the popular Outdoor Leadership (formerly Preparedness) course in which he introduced thousands of students to the beauty, ruggedness and adventure to be found in the state of Maine. [2]

Walter Abbott
Biographical details
Born1936/1937 (age 83–84)
Rumford, Maine
Playing career
Position(s)Guard, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1960–1966Maine (assistant)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1991–1992Maine (interim AD)
1994–1995Maine (interim AD)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1 Yankee (1974)

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Maine Black Bears (Yankee Conference) (1967–1975)
1967 Maine 0–8 0–5 6th
1968 Maine 3–5 2–3 T–3rd
1969 Maine 5–4 3–2 T–2nd
1970 Maine 3–5 1–4 5th
1971 Maine 2–6 1–4 6th
1972 Maine 3–6 1–4 5th
1973 Maine 3–7 2–4 5th
1974 Maine 4–6 4–2 T–1st
1975 Maine 4–6 1–4 T–4th
Maine: 27–53 15–32
Total: 27–53
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ Haskell, Stu. The Maine Book: University of Maine Athletics 1881–2007 (PDF). p. 6.1. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "Retiree Abbott reflects on 55 years at UMaine". Bangor Daily News. June 2, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2014.