‘A lot of factors’ lead to Herbine stepping down as Bangor High girls basketball coach

Bangor High School head coach Katie Herbine gives directions to her team during a game in February 2012. Herbine has resigned as Bangor's coach.
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Bangor High School head coach Katie Herbine gives directions to her team during a game in February 2012. Herbine has resigned as Bangor's coach. Buy Photo
Posted March 07, 2014, at 6:57 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Katie Herbine, who guided the Bangor High School girls basketball team to an Eastern Maine Class A championship in 2013, has stepped down from the job.

Bangor High School athletic administrator Steve Vanidestine confirmed that Herbine submitted her resignation on Feb. 25.

The 35-year-old Herbine, who was a standout player at Bangor High and at the University of Maine, had coached in the Rams program for five seasons, including the last four as the head coach.

She did not detail the reasons for her decision, but indicated the timing was right. Herbine is married and has a 9-month-old son.

“It was a lot of factors, some personal, some professional,” Herbine said on Friday afternoon. “I made a decision that now is the time for me to be done at Bangor, and hopefully in the future I’ll pick something else up.”

Herbine coached Bangor to a 43-36 overall record during her four seasons. That included the regional title a year ago and Class A regional quarterfinal appearances in 2011 and 2012.

However, this season the Rams struggled to a 6-12 record.

Vanidestine said he met with Herbine at length and explained that he would have welcomed her back for another year.

“I respect Katie’s decision to step down as head coach of Bangor High basketball,” Vanidestine said. “We will definitely miss her outstanding commitment to the players. She has been a great role model to the entire girls program.”

Herbine is not affiliated with the Bangor school system. For the last three years, she has run her own business.

“I do marathon and triathlon training,” she said. “I’m based out of my house, but I train people from Orono to Bangor.”

Herbine conceded that she would like to be back on the sideline somewhere in the near future.

“I’m very passionate about it. It’s something I love to do, so I can’t see myself being away for very long,” Herbine said.

The former Katie Clark began her coaching career by working for three seasons as an assistant under University of Maine-Farmington women’s coach Jamie Beaudoin.

Herbine was a BDN All-Maine selection at Bangor High in 1995 and 1996 for coach Tom Tennett. Later, she served as a co-captain for coach Joanne Palombo-McCallie at the University of Maine, where as a junior she played on the only Black Bears team to win an NCAA tournament game in 1999.

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