Brenda Beckwith resigned recently as the girls’ basketball coach at Winslow High School with the intention of following her daughter’s collegiate field hockey career starting next fall.
Her retirement lasted two weeks.
Winslow athletic director Jim Bourgoin asked Beckwith if she would consider rescinding her resignation and she said yes.
“They hadn’t submitted it to the school board yet, so it worked out pretty well,” said Beckwith, whose decision was based on the joy she received from coaching the Black Raiders this season.
Winslow went 13-7 and lost to eventual Class B North champ Mount Desert Island 57-51 in overtime in the semifinals.
“I just really enjoyed myself,” said the 60-year-old Beckwith, who has been a physical education teacher at Winslow High for 31 years. “The kids were great. I enjoyed going to practice, the bus rides were fun. There wasn’t any negativity. It was great.”
Beckwith took over last season for Lindsey Withee, who led the Black Raiders to the state championship in 2018 but stepped down due to a work promotion that required more of a time commitment and more extensive travel.
Part of Beckwith’s joy came from having the opportunity to coach her daughter, reserve senior guard Maddie Beckwith. And one of the primary reasons she resigned was so she could follow her daughter’s field hockey career at Simmons University in Boston.
Maddie Beckwith instead encouraged her mother to continue coaching.
“We have a really good relationship and she told me, ‘Mom, if you love it, do it. It’s cool. The kids love you and you had a real good time,” said Brenda.
Beckwith led Winslow High to four Class B field hockey state championships and was inducted into the Maine Field Hockey Association Hall of Fame in 2008. She said she has mellowed over the years, which has enabled her to enjoy coaching even more.
“When I was a young coach, I put a lot of pressure on myself to win,” said Beckwith. “But I’ve learned it’s not the end of the world if you don’t win.”
Beckwith will have two starters back next season in guards Silver Clukey and Bodhi Littlefield. Clukey will be a senior and Littlefield will be a junior. Grace Smith, who will be a senior, was a key reserve.