HERMON, Maine — Stephanie Biberstein has been an athletic administrator of sorts throughout more than a decade of work at Hermon High School.
She has administered to the aches and bruises of scores of injured student-athletes as the school’s athletic trainer. She has administered a physical education curriculum through her teaching duties.
And she has coached one of the more successful softball teams in Eastern Maine Class B during that span.
Now Biberstein will build upon those experiences as Hermon’s new athletic administrator, replacing Paul Soucy. Soucy retired earlier this summer from a 41-year career in education, the last 11 years overseeing the Hawks’ athletic department.
“It’s a difficult role to take over, because Paul Soucy has done tremendous work here,” said Biberstein. “I have big shoes to fill.”
Biberstein has been at Hermon since 2002, arriving as the school’s athletic trainer and part-time physical education teacher and becoming a full-time teacher to go with those athletic training duties a year later.
Biberstein also became the Hawks’ varsity softball coach in 2003, remaining in that post for 11 years, save for the 2007 and 2008 seasons, when she took time away from that job to give birth to her second son, Jacob.
Jacob is now 6 years old, while older brother Nicholas will turn 9 on Wednesday.
“My life has been centered around athletics as a teacher and athletic trainer and coach,” said Biberstein, whose husband, Will, is associate athletic director for internal operations at the University of Maine in Orono. “The next logical step was to go into administration.”
Biberstein began serious pursuit of that career path several years ago when she earned a certificate in athletic administration through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. She completed that effort in 2008 in part by learning facets of the job through working with Soucy at Hermon.
“It was something I definitely wanted to do when the opportunity came up,” said Biberstein.
The athletic administrator’s position at Hermon has been expanded to cover grades five-12.
“The biggest part of that for me,” said Biberstein, “is to develop consistency from fifth grade through 12th grade with the policies, procedures and communications.”
Biberstein, who will be assisted in field maintenance efforts by school department employee Dustin Davis, said the varsity coaching staff at the high school level is largely in place, with only baseball and the softball coaching job she leaves behind to be filled.
Hermon’s softball team has been one of the best in Eastern B in recent years under Biberstein, a run highlighted by the Hawks winning the 2010 state championship.
Hermon advanced to the regional semifinals last spring before finishing its season with a 17-2 record.
Dean, Bertrand to share MCI AD duties
The athletic administrator’s duties will be shared by two people this year at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield.
John Dean, the school’s director of student affairs and varsity baseball coach, and dean of student life and head football coach Tom Bertrand will act as co-athletic directors for the 2013-14 school year, according to MCI director of communications Jennifer Beane.
“John will take the lead this fall and Tom will lead this spring,” said Beane in an email. “This is because Tom coaches the football team and John coaches the baseball team. Because both worked very closely for many years in the past with previous athletic directors, they are well prepared to lead the school’s sports and activities programs.”
The team approach to the job came about after Rick Amero, who was hired as MCI’s director of athletics and activities last spring, opted to return to his former job as principal at his alma mater, Monmouth Academy, as well as take on the same responsibilities at Monmouth Middle School.
Beane said MCI will launch a comprehensive search to fill the post of director of athletics and activities for the 2014-15 academic year.