BANGOR, Maine — Former Sacred Heart University field hockey player Madeline Hoeppner has been named the new head coach for Husson University’s field hockey and women’s lacrosse programs, Husson’s Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi announced in a news release Wednesday.
“We are very pleased to have Madeline take the reins of both our field hockey and women’s lacrosse programs. She was a talented athlete in both sports and had a very successful experience coaching field hockey in Connecticut,” Pergolizzi said in the release.
“We are confident that she will be a great addition to our staff and lead both programs to a higher level of accomplishment, both academically and athletically,” he added.
Hoeppner is a 2013 graduate of Sacred Heart University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. While at Sacred Heart, Hoeppner played four years of Division I field hockey.
“I am thrilled to have been appointed the new field hockey and women’s lacrosse coach. Husson is an excellent University and both programs have the potential to be front-runner teams in the [North Atlantic Conference],” Hoeppner said. “I’m looking for the girls to be successful on the field while maintaining their strong academia.”
Hoeppner had served as the head field hockey coach at Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, Connecticut, since August 2013 and as a field hockey coach for Element Athletics, a program based out of western Massachusetts, since November 2012. She also coached field hockey for Indoor Action Sports and contributed and played in numerous lacrosse showcases on the Indoor Action Sports Travel Team.
“From what I’ve heard the girls have a great work ethic and are passionate about the game. I’m ready to challenge them and push them to their full potential without hindering their love of the game,” Hoeppner said.
Joe McCloskey heading to UMFK
Former Penobscot Valley of Howland basketball standout Joe McCloskey, a 6-foot-7 forward, will attend the University of Maine-Fort Kent this fall and will play basketball for the Bengals, UMFK announced in a news release Wednesday.
McCloskey had a standout freshman year (2011-12) at the University of Maine at Farmington, where he was named the 2012 Maine Men’s Basketball Coaches and Writers Association Rookie of the Year while averaging 9.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
At PVHS, McCloskey finished with 1,170 career points in three seasons and averaged 23.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.9 rebounds a game during his senior season.
UMFK head coach Eric Werntgen was extremely excited that the Bengals were able to land McCloskey, stating, “Joe brings great scoring, rebounding and versatile physicality to our team. We can’t be happier for Joe, his great family and our Bengal family to have him join our program.
Joe McCloskey’s father, Jim McCloskey, is a 1987 graduate of UMFK and was inducted as a member of the 2014 UMFK Athletic Hall of Fame in March. He recorded more than 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds at UMFK.
USM track and field athletes gain awards
University of Southern Maine junior Jamie Ruginski has been named Little East Conference Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and sophomore Hannah Damron has been selected the league’s Rookie Track Athlete of the Year.
Ruginski is the first man from USM to win the outdoor Field Athlete of the Year award since the LEC began its awards program in 2008.
He won his second national title last month when he captured the men’s outdoor triple jump crown with a school-record mark of 49 feet, 7¾ inches at the NCAA Division III National Championships. He also earned All-America honors in the long jump after finishing second with a school-record leap of 24-0¼.
During her first outdoor campaign, Damron swept the Little East and New England Alliance titles in the 800 and 1,500 meters. She won the 800 in 2 minutes, 18.76 seconds, and took the 15,00 with a career-best time of 4:52.48.
In addition to Damron’s award, the coaches picked veteran USM head coach George Towle as the Coach of the Year for the fourth time since the awards program began in 2008.