A Look at Four Maine Coaches 

The college basketball season is about to begin and when it does, four Maine women will be leading their teams. Tim Throckmorton sat down with the coaches at Colby, Bowdoin, Husson, and Umaine.”I think that’s what we love about coaching you have a chance every day to make an impact, to be a good coach you have to be a good teacher seeing them learn is the rewarding part of coaching.”But we’re really life coach in addition to basketball coach day to day off the court stuff that quite frankly is difficult to get through. “The smaller percentage is working on the court, keeping everyone happy working together making sure everything outside of basketball is going well.””No that’s why I do this I love the basketball, but love mentoring young women and building relationships with them its a lot of fun.”Adrienne Shibles went to Mt. View High school and then Bates college. This is her 3rd season as head coach at Bowdoin.”You are always growing as a professional always room to grow, that’s another reason I love that bout this profession.”Christine Clancy went to Yarmouth high school and then Brandeis. She was an assistant at Colby for two years and is now the interim head coach.”The hardest conversations are the ones that aren’t about basketball, you have to be a councilor to players.”That’s what Kissy Walker has been doing at Husson for 19 seasons. The former Cony High and Umaine point guard trusts her instincts. “I think for me its been my life go do what you do best cause its what I know. it’s a natural fit, but learning all the time.”And Cindy Blodgett is in year four back at her alma mater. Back at practice here in Orono. And as a coach… Practice takes on a new significance. “Practice is what you get through to experience the games and for coaches the practice is what gets them prepared for the game and as players you don’t realize that.”