The Oceanside High School girls basketball team will have a new varsity coach this winter — and it will be one with significant knowledge of the program and ties to the Mariner players.

Samantha Wiley, 27, was approved at the Thursday, June 26 Regional School Unit 13 Board meeting as the school's new girls varsity basketball coach. Wiley replaces Shawn Dulac, who guided Oceanside one season and opted not to return.

Last season, the Mariners finished 10-8 and sixth in Eastern Class B. They were knocked out of the tournament by No. 11 Ellsworth in a preliminary playoff game.

Wiley, a 2005 Camden Hills Regional High School graduate and a former standout Windjammer athlete, was the jayvee coach for the Oceanside girls last season. She also coached the freshman girls basketball team three years and also was an assistant coach on the Lincolnville Central School boys and girls teams for one year.

She also, at one point, coached high school girls basketball at her alma mater.

However, this is Wiley's first varsity coaching job.

“I'm beyond excited,” said Wiley. “This is something I've wanted for a long time and feel that I'm definitely qualified to do it and work with the girls. I can't wait to get started.”

She said Dulac “did a good job of helping me out in the differences in running a jayvee practice or a freshman practice as opposed to a varsity practice.”

“A lot of things are the same, but obviously a lot of things are a lot more in depth and more critical when you get to that varsity level,” she said.

A Rockport resident, Wiley was a three-sport athlete for Camden Hills and went on to play basketball four years at the University of Maine in Farmington for the Beavers. She graduated from UMF with a bachelor's degree in rehab services, and currently is an education technician at LCS.

While her playing days are not far behind her, Wiley said her transition to coaching has been a smooth one.

“I've always loved playing, but I've always felt I've had that kind of coach's mentality where I see a lot of the stuff on the floor,” she said. “I think that I'm pretty good at being able to relay that to the girls.

“I have some really responsive players who are willing to take that and run with it.”

Wiley said if she had her way, she “would prefer to run, get up and down the floor and play pressure defense.”

“I like the fast-paced, quick game,” she said. “But, of course, that depends on what kind of girls you have in your program. If you have four or five six-footers, you're probably not going to be able to run for 32 minutes.”

Since the Mariners do not project to have that kind of height next winter, it appears likely a fast-placed approach for her squad will be exactly what Wiley will have on the court come December.

“That's a pretty good assumption,” she said. “I think we have the people to do it for sure.”