Foster steps away from Oceanside hoop postCites 'personal and professional reasons' for stepping down
Rockland — To leave things better than one found them is an old adage that many people use.
One would be hard pressed to find a better example than what Oceanside High School girls varsity basketball coach Teel Foster did with the Mariner hoop team over the past two years, and her alma mater Rockland District High School before that.
Now someone else will carry on Foster's work.
Foster resigned as the school's coach Aug. 22, said Regional School Unit 13 athletic director Jim Leonard, citing “personal and professional reasons” for her stepping down.
Foster guided the Mariners to a 16-2 record last season, the second seed in the Eastern Class B playoffs and the school's first Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship.
Foster guided Oceanside the first two years of its existence and the final two years of the Rockland girls basketball team's existence. The former Tiger standout hoop standout led the combined teams to a 29-43 record over her four seasons as coach, including a 28-10 mark with the Mariners.
"They're growing a business and its becoming a little bit difficult for them to get the time off to do basketball,” said Leonard of Foster and her husband, Jason, who was her assistant coach.
The Fosters run Crossfit Crossover in Thomaston, which has become more popular since its opening in 2012.
“She will be sorely missed,” said Leonard. “She's done a great job with this program through the transition and turning things around. We owe her a great debt of gratitude.”
Leonard said the girls varsity hoop coaching position was posted internally to RSU 13 employees last week and it may be posted externally if there is not enough interest generated within the area schools.
Foster, who was Teel Anderson when she starred as RDHS and then at the University of Southern Maine in basketball, could not be reached for comment.
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