Krystal Doughty, a Lisbon native who played college field hockey at the University of New England in Biddeford and Husson University in Bangor, is the new varsity coach at Bangor High School.
The 24-year-old replaces Sue Tyler, who stepped down at the end of last season.
Doughty, previously the junior varsity softball coach at Bangor, is hoping to continue the success the 2009 Rams had, when they won a playoff game for the first time in more than two decades.
“I’m excited to learn more about coaching, and to build off the success of last year,” she said.
That will be a challenge, as the Rams graduated a talented senior class, including goalkeeper Melissa Mower. That position will be one of Doughty’s focuses this preseason.
“It’s going to be the biggest [thing] for us, not only for the goalie to step up but for the rest of the defense,” said Doughty, a 2004 graduate of Lisbon High who was a midfielder through her college and high school days.
She played field hockey her freshman year at UNE before transferring to Husson, and graduated from there in the spring of 2009 with a degree in physical education and health.
Doughty wants her team to be in the best shape among teams in Class A.
“Playing smart is going to be the most important thing … we’ll definitely be well-conditioned,” she said. “We’ll try to play real smart.”
The former midfielder is also an offensive-minded player, but with a fairly young team, patience will also be key.
“I like to score a lot of goals [but] we’re going to have to take a step back and redevelop our game, just try to work together,” Doughty said.
Doughty also attended field hockey camps every year of high school, which is something a lot more Bangor players have started to do in the summer to develop their game.
“It’s a good opportunity to see all the different players from all over the state,” she said. “You learn so many things. Camps are essential.”
Bangor reached the regional semifinals last fall before falling to Messalonskee of Oakland.
Tryouts get under way Aug. 16.
MBR 16U team in nationals
The MBR 16-under girls basketball team already has two wins under its belt in the AAU National tournament in Florida.
The team, coached by John DeRaps, features some local talent in Hampden Academy’s Katelyn DeRaps, John’s daughter, along with Kate Parsons, Michaela Stephenson, Whitney Moore, Julia Snyder and Jordan Maxwell; MDI’s Megan Phelps; Bangor’s Hillary Throckmorton; Cony of Augusta’s Mia Diplock and St. Dominic of Auburn’s Allaina Murphy.
MBR won two games Sunday, defeating a squad from Georgia 40-22 while also beating the Mississippi 76ers 65-42.
MBR, which clinched a spot in the championship round with those two wins, battled the Florida Lady Rockets on Monday for a shot at first place in the pool.