HODGDON, Maine — The youth coaching movement has hit Hodgdon High School where 19-year-old Cody Tompkins has been named the head coach of the girls varsity basketball team.
The University of Maine-Presque Isle sophomore will take over a team that finished 16-5 last season and included a run to the Eastern Maine Class D semifinals.
“It was really intriguing for me because this is something that I’ve wanted to do for quite sometime, and I seized the opportunity. I think Hodgdon is a great community, and I look forward to coaching these girls,” Tompkins said.
Other young Eastern Maine basketball coaches include Ryan Lincoln, also 19, who was recently named the boys varsity coach at Acadia Christian in Trenton, and 20-year-old Dillon Kingsbury, who landed the varsity job at age 19 two seasons ago at Easton, where he coached Tompkins.
Even at 19, Tompkins already has coaching experience under his belt.
“I was the junior high boys basketball coach in Washburn last season as well as the assistant junior varsity and assistant varsity coach in Washburn,” Tompkins said. “I saw the advertisement on servingschools.com, and I inquired about it; they encouraged me to apply; and I got an interview and received the job.”
Tompkins, who is from Easton, also helped out his hometown team in the Aroostook Youth Basketball League program.
The experience, enthusiasm, positive attitude and demeanor during the interviewing process helped Tompkins earn his way to the coaching position, according to Hodgdon athletic director Wayne Quint.
“He coached junior high, and he helped Randy Norsworthy in the tournament, so he’s been there and done that. He also played for a young coach in Easton,” Quint said.
Tompkins played four years at Easton High School, including his senior season under Kingsbury.
“[Tompkins] was enthusiastic, very willing to learn. He’s a nice young man. We were very impressed, everybody who interviewed him was impressed,” Quint added.
Tompkins was also taken by the Hodgdon administration and looks forward to working in the community.
“I got hired last week, the board meeting was last Monday. I was really impressed by the community and all of the support from the administration as well as Mr. Quint, they’ve all been great in this process and its made the transition from Washburn to Hodgdon very easy for me,” Tompkins said.
“I think he’s going to do a good job. He came across very well. He was recommended by the Washburn AD,” Quint said.
Even with most of his players around the same age as Tompkins, he says it won’t be an issue.
“I think the important part is to establish from day one that you are the coach, they are the players and that they understand that type of relationship,” Tompkins said.
With only a week of coaching under his belt, the Hawks summer practice sessions and tournaments will give Tompkins his first taste at what it is like to be a high school coach before regular season play begins.
“Our last tournament is a Fort Fairfield tournament, and we have summer practices until July 20,” said Tompkins, who replaced Vaughn Farrar, who stepped down at the end of last season.
Tompkins hopes to have his team ready when when regular-season practices open in November.