JONESPORT, Maine — Erika Robinson is the Jonesport-Beals softball coach this spring after a school board vote Thursday night.
It’s Robinson’s first coaching job, according to athletic director Dylan Tibbetts.
“Her experience was just in playing, so far,” said Tibbetts. “What she’s going to do is she’s going to have Diane Clark be a volunteer assistant coach with her. She’s our former AD and softball coach.
“Diane’s going to be helping her quite a bit, get her feet under her, give her some tips and stuff to help her out and get her started with the season.”
The timing was tight. Practices begin Monday for pitchers and catchers. Full-squad practices begin March 25.
“This was the first board meeting we could get that we could actually do the hiring process,” said Tibbetts.
Robinson, a former softball player for Jonesport-Beals and Washington Academy in East Machias, was one of two applicants for the job. The previous coach stepped down because she is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
“She felt like she’d be hurting the team by coaching this year because the recovery time ended up being longer than expected,” said Tibbetts.
The short time that Tibbetts had to line up candidates didn’t concern him too much.
“We knew we could find somebody to do it, it was just a matter of going through all the formalities in order to actually get it in front of the school board and have them vote upon a coach,” he said.
The Royals were 4-11 last year.
In other coaching news, Karen Magnusson announced she is stepping down as the girls basketball coach at Cony of Augusta, according to a story in the Kennebec Journal.
She is due to give birth to her first child in August. Her husband, Travis, is the boys basketball coach at Dirigo of Dixfield.
Magnusson has been the head coach since Paul Vachon stepped down after the 2007-08 season, and she led the Rams to an Eastern Maine Class A championship in 2012 before McAuley of Portland ended their unbeaten season in the state final. Cony returned to the EM title game again this year, but was defeated by Bangor.
Cony also will have to replace boys basketball coach Tim Bonsant, who is retiring after five years with the Rams, according to the Kennebec Journal. He has been a coach for 19 years.
And Dexter High recently named Patrice Witham as the softball coach and Brian Salsbury as the track coach, according to online news site examiner.com.