NEWPORT, Maine — Nokomis High School coach Kori Dionne, who was arrested for operating under the influence of intoxicants earlier this month, has resigned her positions, according to a statement from her attorney, Joshua Tardy.
“Ms. Dionne is truly remorseful for any embarrassment and distractions she has caused her players, Nokomis High School and community,” Tardy said in the statement.
“She believes strongly that as a coach and role model, she needs to accept consequences for inappropriate actions,” Tardy added. “She further believes that her decision to resign, although heart wrenching for her, serves the best interests of the programs that she is proud to have led.”
Dionne, 31, of Glenburn was the head coach of the varsity girls soccer and basketball teams at Nokomis.
On June 8, she was allegedly found asleep in a running car in the middle of the roadway on Falvey Street.
Dionne was given a field sobriety test and then taken to the police station for an Intoxilyzer test. Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards would not release Dionne’s blood alcohol level, but did say the Intoxilyzer test results exceeded the state’s legal limit of 0.08.
She was arrested for operating under the influence of intoxicants and taken to Penobscot County Jail. She later was released, Edwards said.
Tardy said in the statement that “Dionne is eager to resolve her pending legal matter in a responsible and honorable manner.
“She is determined to move forward, both personally and professionally, on a path that will lead her back to high school athletics where her expertise, passion, and commitment will enable her to positively influence student athletes.”
Dionne, a former point guard for Bangor High School and a 1999 graduate of the school, took over as coach of the Nokomis Warriors girls basketball team in 2007 and became the girls soccer coach in 2008.
Dionne has led the girls basketball team to the Eastern Maine Class B championship game three years in a row, this year with an undefeated team that lost to Presque Isle in the finale.
She has a career record of 70-32 as the basketball coach, including 56-9 the last three years in Class B after two seasons in Class A.
Dionne has a career record of 26-28-3 in four seasons as the girls soccer coach, including 24-16-3 since the Warriors moved from Class A to Class B in 2009.
As a player at Bangor, Dionne was on the Rams team that advanced to the 1999 Eastern Maine Class A final, and she was a Penobscot Valley Conference softball all-star and Maine Softball Coaches Association all-star.