SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Longtime Skowhegan Area High School field hockey coach Paula Doughty has been named the 2008 National Federation of State High School Associations Coach of the Year for her sport.
The national federation oversees all state high school associations throughout the country, including the Maine Principals’ Association, and awards national coach of the year honors in 10 boys sports and 11 girls’ sports.
Doughty was one of two Maine coaches honored for their 2008 efforts, along with Lewiston High School girls tennis coach Anita Murphy.
Doughty led the Indians to their eighth consecutive Class A state championship last fall, and in 28 years with the program has guided Skowhegan to a 407-93-30 record with 11 state championships and 14 Eastern A titles.
“I consider this honor to be a direct reflection of the dedication of my staff, my players, their families and the Skowhegan High School community,” said Doughty.
This marks the second national honor for Doughty. In 2004 she was selected national coach of the year by the National High School Coaches Association.
“Coach Doughty’s long and very successful career as the head coach of our field hockey program is not measured only by her teams’ wins and losses,” said Skowhegan athletic administrator Terry Michaud in a press release. “Coach has always been a huge advocate for her athletes, helping them through many issues in their lives. Be it developing athletic talent, helping her student-athletes with their academic pursuits and generally advocating for women in sports, she has distinguished herself as one of the most outstanding coaches in the country.”
Seven players from Doughty’s Skowhegan field hockey program have been nominated for the Miss Maine Field Hockey Award, with Melissa Hancock winning the honor in 2007. Twenty-three Skowhegan players have been selected as regional or national high school All-Americans under Doughty’s tutelage, and 69 Skowhegan players have gone on to play collegiate field hockey.
Murphy led the Lewiston girls’ soccer team to their third straight Class A state championship last spring, and ninth state title of her 30-year coaching tenure at the school.
Lewiston also has won 16 Eastern A championships under Murphy.
Murphy’s career coaching record is 360-56, including a current 48-match win streak that dates to the 2005 Eastern Maine Class A regional.