The 14th annual “Mentoring Women in Sports Conference,” sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association and the New England Council of Secondary School Principals’ Association, will be Tuesday, March 12 at the MPA Conference Center.

The objective of the day is to assist coaches in improving their skills as they work with female athletes and to remain knowledgeable of the latest issues in high school athletics.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Lee Green, an attorney who has taught sports law, constitutional law and business law for 24 years at Baker University in Kansas. Green has written extensively on sports law, including "A Level Playing Field and Covering All The Bases." He has has consulted with numerous professional sports leagues and teams. He is a regular presenter on sports law for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Association of Interscholastic Athletics and state high school associations across the country. He will focus his presentation on the impact of social media in schools today.

“Opportunities Beyond The Playing Field" will be presented by Liz Riley and Courtney Rague, former Maine high school athletes and now affiliates of the Portland Sea Dogs, who will share their journeys into a male-dominated profession.

Also attendees will hear from Colby College women’s basketball coach Julie Veilleux on the perspective of the athlete and coach, “Knowing Now What I Had Wish I Had Known Then.”

A favorite segment of the conference will be a panel of young college female athletes who recently played in Maine high schools and now are actively involved in collegiate academics and athletics. They will include Courtney Anderson, Leavitt Area High School in Turner to the University of Maine in Orono; Kiersten Turner, Gorham High School to Bowdoin College in Brunswick; and Carylanne Wolfington, Hall-Dale High School in Farmingdale to Colby College.

The conference is open to coaches of all levels, youth through high school. For more information, email Tammy McNear at

The Maine Principals’ Association is a professional association representing Maine’s kindergarten through 12th-grade principals and assistant principals. The association dates back to 1921 and focuses its work on promoting the principalship, supporting principals as educational leaders, and promoting and administering interscholastic activities in grades 9-12.

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