Dulac shoots in as Mariner varsity coachOceanside East French teacher coached with Royals boys state title team
Rockland — Two years ago, Shawn Dulac did his part to help guide a Maine high school basketball team to a state championship.
Now, Dulac again will be asked to work his magic on the court — albeit quite a bit south from his previous successful hoop coaching venue.
The 29-year-old Dulac, in his second year teaching French at Oceanside High School East, has been approved by Regional School Unit 13 Superintendent Lew Collins as the school's new girls varsity basketball coach.
Dulac replaces Teel Foster, who stepped down after guiding Oceanside and Rockland (prior to the school's consolidation with Georges Valley) for four seasons. Last season, Oceanside finished the regular season 16-2 and won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship.
“I'm very excited,” said Dulac. “I was a little surprised, you know, because I've only been here for a year, but I think my previous coaching experience at Jonesport [-Beals] and all the volunteer hours I've put in have come to fruition and to my benefit. But I also think the tennis season last year was a factor in their hiring me.”
Dulac is a 2003 graduate of Cony High School of Augusta and graduated from the University of Maine in Orono in 2007 with a double major in French and secondary education. He played varsity tennis for three years at Cony and was president of the UMaine tennis club his final two years at Orono.
He was a volunteer assistant boys varsity basketball coach for one season at Jonesport-Beals High School. The Royals went on to win the state title that season, besting Forest Hills of Jackman 83-45 in the 2011-12 state Class D title game. Dulac was the assistant to Gordon Faulkingham, who was also in his first year coaching Jonesport-Beals.
Dulac said several people told him he was the “glue of the team” during the Royals' championship season.
“Instead of presenting what the kids were doing wrong, I would let the coach know, 'Why don't you try this?' So instead of giving the kids a problem why don't you give them some solutions to the problems? And that completely changed the psyche of the team," Dulac said.
Dulac also is the Oceanside boys tennis coach, a position he applied for last spring. He led the Mariners to a 9-3 mark last season and a regional preliminary playoff win over Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft.
Oceanside athletic director Jim Leonard said the school is excited to have Dulac as he is “an outstanding young coach who is passionate about the game and working with young people.”
When Dulac learned of Foster's resignation from the Mariner girls hoop coaching position, he applied immediately.
“I was in Europe on my honeymoon,” he said. “The second I landed in Boston I checked my phone and I was just shaken. I applied immediately. We returned on Aug. 25 and I had the application in on the 27th.”
Dulac found out he was the team's new coach Sept. 26.
The morning of Sept. 27, Dulac had a surprise waiting in his driveway as several of his prospective players wrapped his car with with Kraft paper, donning his name with exclamation points.
“She [my wife] says, 'Shawn! What the hell happened to your car?!' And I looked out the window and that's what I saw.”
“It's creating some buzz around the girls," he said. "I think they're excited to have me coach.”
Obviously inheriting a talented team that graduated only five players, Dulac feels his team “can be really good.”
“We're lacking some height, but I think we're fast enough to get around that," he said.
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