DEXTER, Maine — Kylie Damon, a 2009 graduate of Skowhegan High School who helped lead the Indians to four consecutive state Class A field hockey championships, was introduced as the new field hockey coach at Dexter High School on Thursday.
Her appointment capped a whirlwind of controversy.
Kristy Veazie, who led the Tigers to a 15-2 record and a berth in the Eastern Maine Class C final in her first season last fall, resigned Aug. 10, three days before the beginning of practice.
She took over from her mother, Margaret, who led the Tigers to six state championships and seven Eastern Maine crowns between 1998 and 2010.
Margaret Veazie was one of three people interviewed for the job along with Damon and Damon’s younger sister, Whitney, who will be her sister’s assistant and the JV coach. Whitney also played at Skowhegan.
Margaret Veazie guided the Tigers to their first state title in field hockey in 1998, four in a row from 2000-2003 and another in 2009. She took two years off, 2004 and 2005, in order to watch daughters Kristy and Brittany play college field hockey, but returned in 2006.
Margaret Veazie said she was disappointed that she didn’t get the job and equally disappointed with the chain of events that led to her daughter’s decision to resign.
Margaret Veazie said she and her daughter prefer not to comment on the circumstances leading up to the resignation at this time.
Kristy Veazie’s assistant, Darby Goodreau, also resigned.
Kristy Veazie had served as an assistant to her mother at Dexter High before taking over.
Dexter High School athletic director Roy Pelotte also refused to comment on the situation.
“It’s a personnel matter,” said Pelotte. “They weren’t forced to resign. We wanted them to stay as our coaches. Their resignations were unexpected.”
Pelotte said a committee was appointed to select the new coach and they voted in favor of Kylie Damon.
“We were very fortunate to have two candidates from Skowhegan High,” said Pelotte.
He said it is not only one of the best programs in the state but the Indians are guided by “one of the best coaches in the state” in Paula Doughty.
Doughty has led Skowhegan to 10 state Class A titles in 11 years.
“[The Damons] have very unique and extensive field hockey backgrounds,” said Pelotte. “I’m very excited about them.”
He also said, “This has been a very difficult situation for everyone.”
“At this point, the new coaches and the team have a lot of support. We have some excellent student-athletes on the field hockey team and they can still be very successful. Hopefully, we can move on now,” added Pelotte.
The Damons don’t have any high school coaching experience but coached in the younger age groups, according to Pelotte.
Dexter returns six seniors off last year’s team, including leading scorers Jordyn Bell, Sarah Eastman and Libby Kain. The roster also includes three sophomores and eight freshmen.
Pelotte said Sandy Emerson, who is a physical education instructor at the Dexter middle school, has filled in as the coach.
“She’s been great. She has extensive field hockey experience,” said a grateful Pelotte.