DEXTER, Maine — Kylie Damon, who guided the Dexter High School girls field hockey team to a 15-2 record and a berth in the Eastern Maine Class C championship game in her first season, will return to coach the Tigers next fall.
Damon’s younger sister Whitney, who was her assistant and the JV coach, will also be back according to Dexter athletic director Roy Pelotte.
Former coach Kristy Veazie, who guided the Tigers to a 15-2 mark and a berth in the EM C final in 2011, resigned three days before the start of practice and Pelotte chose Damon to replace her. Assistant Darby Goodreau also resigned.
Veazie had succeeded her mother, Margaret, who guided Dexter to six state championships and seven Eastern Maine titles from 1998-2010.
The top-seeded Tigers outscored their opponents 68-7 during the regular season en route to a 13-1 record and then beat Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (5-1) and Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln (2-1 in overtime) in the playoffs before losing to Winthrop 1-0 in the final.
“I couldn’t have been more pleased with the season as far as how it went for the team and with the coach-player relationships. [The Damons] were everything I had hoped for,” said Pelotte.
He said he was impressed with the Damons’ professionalism and demeanor during games.
“It was the same whether we won or lost. They stayed true to who they are,” said Pelotte. “They’re great individuals.”
Kylie Damon is a 2009 graduate of Skowhegan High School where she helped lead the Indians to four straight Class A state championships. Whitney Damon also played at Skowhegan.
Pelotte also praised Sandy Emerson, who filled in as an interim coach during the preseason until Damon was appointed.
“Sandy did a nice job,” said Pelotte. “She’s a great individual, too.”
The Tigers will lose six seniors but return three players who are sophomores and eight who are freshmen.
“We’ll have some good players back and we’ll also have a good group of freshmen,” said Pelotte.