The Foxcroft Academy girls basketball team will make the transition back to Eastern Maine Class B next winter with a new head coach.
Rachel Bousquet, who guided the Ponies to postseason play in each of the last four seasons, has left that job after being hired last week as principal of the Ella P. Burr School in Lincoln.
“Because of the close relationships you develop with the students and athletes, it’s a hard thing to give up,” said Bousquet.
Bousquet replaces Mike Bisson as principal of the Burr school, which is for pupils from prekindergarten through fourth grade. Bisson this spring was named associate principal and athletic administrator at Mattanawcook Academy, also in Lincoln.
“I thought I’d always teach and coach,” said Bousquet, a Bangor resident who has taught for the last six years at Penquis Valley High School in Milo. “But I got involved in a lot of leadership roles in the school I taught at before, and I thought that was a path I wanted to take.”
A former basketball standout in her own right at Schenck of East Millinocket and the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Bousquet guided Foxcroft to a 44-33 record during the last four seasons, an effort highlighted by the Ponies’ run to the Eastern C semifinals in 2010 after ending the regular season with a 15-3 record good for first place in the division.
Under Bousquet’s guidance, Foxcroft also earned preliminary-round playoff berths in 2008 and 2009 while in Class B as well as last winter while still in Class C.
Foxcroft finished 10th in the 2011 Heal point ratings and ended the season with an 8-11 record after falling to Penquis in the Class C prelims.
“I know the next coach there will have a really great group of girls to work with,” Bousquet said.
Foxcroft will return to Eastern B next winter under enrollment-based reclassification.