Michelle Murray Paradis, who helped Nokomis of Newport win one Class A girls basketball state championship and two Eastern Maine titles during the early 2000s, has been named girls varsity basketball coach at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft.
Paradis replaces Rachel Bousquet, who resigned last summer after being named principal of the Ella P. Burr School in Lincoln.
This will be the first head coaching job for Paradis, a Corinna native who helped Nokomis win the Class A state title in 2001 and a second Eastern A crown in 2003. As a senior in 2003 she was named to the Bangor Daily News All-Maine third team.
Paradis, who also played soccer and softball at Nokomis, went on to play basketball for one season at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., and then for one season at Husson University in Bangor before turning her attention to pursuit of a nursing degree.
Paradis graduated from Husson in 2008, then worked at the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor before taking her current post last summer as a risk manager for both the Dorothea Dix facility and the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.
“I’ve always wanted to coach, and now since I’ve taken a different position, I have the flexibility to be able to coach,” said Paradis, who lives in Newport with her husband, Justin, and 1-year-old son, Jake.
Paradis last coached several years ago as an assistant to then-Nokomis head coach Earl Anderson, now the athletic administrator at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield.
Paradis said she has contacted both Anderson and former Dexter girls basketball and field hockey coach Margaret Veazie for advice as she prepares for her first season at Foxcroft, which is moving back to Class B this winter after spending the last two seasons in Class C.
Bousquet guided Foxcroft to a 44-33 record and four postseason berths over 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.
Foxcroft finished 10th in the 2011 Heal point ratings and ended the season with an 8-11 record after falling to Penquis of Milo in the Class C prelims.
Preseason practices for the 2011-12 high school basketball season statewide begin next Monday.
Ashland hires Hews, Peters
Trevor Hews and Ashlee Peters were approved as Ashland varsity basketball coaches during a school board meeting this week.
Hews, the new coach of the boys team, is a former standout athlete at Van Buren High School and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He also is a physical education teacher at Ashland and has experience coaching several sports at the middle school and junior varsity levels.
Peters, the new coach of the girls team, is a 2005 Ashland graduate who played basketball, softball and soccer for the Hornets. She went on to serve three seasons as the junior varsity girls basketball coach at Ashland and now works in the Presque Isle school system.
“We were looking for some young coaches to come in and build the programs,” said Joel Hall, Ashland’s dean of students. “I’m looking forward to working with them.”
The Ashland boys finished 5-13 in Eastern Maine Class D last winter, while the girls team went 6-12.