A competitive long distance runner and a former Presque Isle High School soccer standout are joining the coaching staff at the Aroostook County school.
Marie Beckum has been named Presque Isle’s varsity boys cross country coach and Dillon Kingsbury has been selected as an assistant girls varsity soccer coach, Presque Isle athletic administrator Mark White announced Monday.
Beckum, who was named the Aroostook County runner of the Year in 2009 by a local running club, has been the head Alpine ski coach at Caribou High and a volunteer coach for its cross country team as well as track and field coach at the Limestone Community School/Maine School of Science and Mathematics.
“Her experience working with runners and her training as a long distance runner appealed to us,” White said.
Beckum is a graduate of Ohio State University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in teaching mathematics at the University of Maine.
Lori Googins will continue her post at Presque Isle as the girls cross country coach.
Kingsbury, a 2010 Presque Isle grad, has coached middle school basketball in the SAD 45 school system and was a volunteer coach for an Under 13 AAU girls basketball team.
He will work with head girls soccer coach Ralph Michaud.
“Ralph Michaud is a great coach and can be a great mentor to Dillon,” said White, adding that Kingsbury’s experience as a goalkeeper will be a benefit to the girls team and the school’s soccer program.
Kingsbury played soccer, basketball and baseball at Presque Isle and helped lead the Wildcats to an Eastern Maine Class B soccer title in 2008 when he was named to the Eastern All-State Boys Soccer Team by the Maine Soccer Coaches Association.