Former Windjammer standout Cressler returns to alma materCressler takes reins of varsity court squad
Rockport — Who says one cannot go home again?
Meg Cressler, one of the most talented high school basketball players to don a Windjammer uniform, has been named the girls varsity coach at Camden Hills Regional High School, said school athletic director Steve Alex.
Cressler replaces Marty Messer, who was not asked to return as coach next season, said Alex.
Messer led the Windjammers four seasons and compiled a 49-19 record, with three Eastern Class B playoff appearances.
“I am very excited to have Meg on our coaching staff and look forward to working with her,” said Alex. “Meg brings a tremendous amount of playing and coaching experience with her and I am confident that she is going to do a great job not only leading our girls high school program but also providing great support to our local youth basketball programs.”
Cressler is a 2000 graduate of then Camden-Rockport High School, the final year of the school before it was renamed Camden Hills Regional High School and moved from Camden to Rockport. Cressler also led the Windjammers to the state Class B title her senior season.
"I'm extremely excited and honored to be the girls coach,” said Cressler. “This is a wonderful opportunity to help the program return to a highly successful level of play, year in and year out. This group has a great balance of experienced seniors and young talent. It should be a fun year for everyone."
Cressler started coaching at the middle school ranks at Lincolnville Central School for two years and then went on to be the varsity coach for Belfast Area High School three years. She led the Lions to a 29-29 record over that span and two postseason berths.
She then resigned that position and became a varsity assistant at Camden Hills in 2009. She later stepped away from the position to start a family.
Cressler scored 1,376 career points at CRHS and for years was the school's all-time leading scorer — male or female — before Camden Hills hoop standouts Tyler McFarland and Jordan Knowlton supplanted her in recent seasons.
Cressler also was a 1,000-point scorer in the collegiate ranks as she was a two-time All-Little East Conference second-team selection at the University of Southern Maine before a knee injury ended her playing career during her senior season.
She averaged 11 points and 5.2 rebounds in 95 games for the Huskies. She scored 1,047 points, pulled down 490 rebounds and had 246 assists in her career at USM.
Among the many collegiate basketball honors she received, Cressler was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2002 Little East Conference championship tournament. She also was named to the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) second team in 2001-02, the MWBCA All-State first or second team on two occasions and the MWBCA All-Rookie team in 2000-01.
She graduated from USM with a degree in communications in 2004.
"We determined it was time to go in a new direction with our girls varsity basketball program," Alex said of why Messer was not asked return to the coaching position he held four years.
Messer also is the school's varsity softball coach.
Messer, who has a daughter, Charlotte, who plays for the Windjammer hoop program, said he wishes Cressler and the Windjammers well and said he plans to be the team's number one supporter next season.