HAMPDEN, Maine — Longtime Hampden Academy field hockey coach Deanna Hessert has resigned, according to HA athletic director Mike Bisson.
Bisson explained that Hessert’s “family situation has changed” and she wanted to spend more time with her children and grandchildren.
Bisson said Hessert did a good job and she will be missed.
“She had a good connection with the players,” said Bisson. “She was very good to deal with. She was very personable.”
Hessert took over from Ruth Fitzpatrick in 1997.
Fitzpatrick had led the Broncos to the Eastern Maine Class B championship in 1996 before losing to Leavitt of Turner 2-0 in the state-title game. Fitzpatrick’s career spanned more than 20 seasons.
Hessert guided her Broncos to several playoff appearances and her four daughters, Heather, Katie, Sarah and Jennifer, played important roles in the program.
This past fall’s team went 2-10-2 and missed the Eastern Maine Class A playoffs by 5.1 points in the Heal Points standings. They finished ninth.
Bisson said the numbers are “good” in the field hockey program.
They have a junior varsity team as well as a varsity team.
The varsity roster submitted to the Maine Principals’ Association listed 28 players and 20 will return next season, as just eight seniors will graduate.
Bisson said he will be looking for a coach who “is excited about field hockey and will continue to build the program and make it competitive.”
He also expects the new coach to get “young girls excited about it. We want to get them getting involved in field hockey at a younger age.”
Hessert could not be reached for comment.