Stand and drink a toast to former UMaine great Nate Fox (1977-2014)

FoxAs most everyone in Black Bear Nation and Fill The Steins Nation surely knows by now, former UMaine men’s basketball player Nate Fox was tragically shot to death outside his home in a Chicago suburb Monday night.  Details of his death are still under investigation, however anytime a 37 year old dies, regardless of the circumstances, the event is met with tremendous sadness.

Fox transferred to the University of Maine from Boston College following the 1996-97 season and, after sitting out the 1997-98 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Fox became one of the top players on a Black Bears squad that won a combined 43 games between the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons.  After a successful collegiate career that saw him earn all-conference honors in both his seasons at UMaine, he was one of the few Black Bears to have a sustained professional hoops career.  In total, Fox played 12 years in Europe.  His career took him to leagues in Germany, Israel, and Belgium, among other countries.

On the basketball court, Fox will be remembered as a powerful big man who was able to score from a variety of spots on the floor.  Fox was also considered a leader in the locker room both at Maine and in the pros and was a critical contributor on what was arguably the best UMaine men’s team in program history under coach Dr. John Giannini.

Fill The Steins sends our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Fox.  Let us all, as Black Bears, stand and drink a toast to Nate Fox, one of the greatest UMaine men’s basketball players of all time.  Rest in peace, Nate.


Photo Courtesy: Chicago Sun-Times


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