The Camden Hills Regional High School field hockey team will have a new coach patrolling the sidelines in the fall. And this time, it will be one of the Windjammers' own returning home.

Lindsay Clement was hired by athletic director Steve Alex to replace Jan Holmes-Jackson, who guided the Windjammers 17 years before resigning at the conclusion of last season.

Clement, who has coached the Camden-Rockport Middle School field hockey team the past four years (the Schooners won the Busline League title a few years ago under her guidance), is a 2005 Camden Hills graduate and was a three-year starter for the field hockey squad, playing left mid under Holmes-Jackson.

Holmes-Jackson is the new coach of the Belfast Area High School field hockey program, replacing her father, Allen, who resigned after 40 years of guiding the Lion program. Holmes-Jackson is a BAHS graduate.

Clement was approved as coach by the school board April 3.

"I am very pleased to announce that Lindsey has come on board," said Alex. "Lindsey is a highly-motivated young coach who seeks to keep our program competitive and bring lots of fresh ideas to the field. Her modern approach to training sessions, tactics and game strategies will give our program a new, fresh look."

Holmes-Jackson, who called Clement "a very good player," was happy for her former player and new coaching colleague.

"It's been good for her to be at that middle school level," Holmes-Jackson said. "It helped her gain confidence and she's certainly done a nice job down there."

The 25-year-old Clement, who is a Union resident and an accountant, graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in business administration.

Clement said she is "really pleased" to get the opportunity.

"Having grown up with the Camden [Hills] field hockey program I obviously have a vested interest in the program and its success," said Clement. "And having worked with Jan, I know exactly what the program has been doing since I have graduated from high school and I've always had my hand in field hockey whether it's at school or coaching at the middle school."

Clement said she is thrilled to still be involved with the program she grew up with. "Having coached the middle school for four years now allows me to transition into the high school program already knowing the players, their strengths and their weaknesses. The players also know my coaching style and what I will expect from them.

"Steve Alex and I are on the same page with the vision for the program and I cannot wait to get started. With the middle school numbers being high the past few years, those roster numbers haven't maintained at the high school. I am hoping that with some changes we can maintain these numbers at the high school. Despite the small rosters and the low number of seniors next year, there is certainly no shortage of talent."

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.