Vachon to coach at McAuley

Posted May 20, 2010, at 11:19 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Former Cony High School and University of Maine star Amy Vachon has been named the head varsity basketball coach at Catherine McAuley, the school announced Thursday.

“Amy’s basketball background and personal characteristics made her the ideal choice for our school,” McAuley’s Athletic Administrator Joe Kilmartin said in a press release. “Her overall experience will ensure that McAuley basketball and its student athletes will continue to prosper and grow.”

Vachon comes to McAuley from Greely High School, where she served as an assistant coach for two years and helped the Rangers get to the Western Maine Finals. Vachon has also assisted at Cony High School in Augusta and was head coach at Waterville High School for one year, prior to attending graduate school.

She is the daughter of longtime former Cony coach Paul Vachon, and she played on two state championship teams in both basketball and field hockey. In basketball, she was a four-year All-State selection, a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year (1995-96) and was named Miss Maine Basketball in 1996.

Vachon continued her career at the University of Maine under coach Joanne P. McCallie, now head coach of Duke University. While at Maine, Vachon’s teams advanced to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments and earned the first tournament win in Maine and America East history with a victory over Stanford University in 1999.

Vachon was a two-time All-Conference selection and the all-time assists leader for both Maine and America East.

She continued her education at the University of North Carolina, earning her graduate degree in School Counseling. She is employed as a guidance counselor at Westbrook Middle School and is the eighth grade field hockey coach.

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