Molly Bishop is coming home. Well, close to home.

Bishop has been hired as the new athletic director for Regional School Unit 13, which encompasses schools in Rockland, Thomaston and St. George, including the high school at Oceanside East in Rockland and the high school/middle school at Oceanside West in Thomaston.

She also is responsible for middle school athletics at Rockland District Middle School, Thomaston Grammar School and St. George Elementary School.

Bishop is a 1994 Medomak Valley High School graduate and played three sports for the Panthers.

She most recently served as athletic director at Richmond high school and middle school, as well as being a longtime multiple-sport coach, most notably as the Bobcats' girls varsity basketball coach.

She is a longtime resident of Jefferson.

Bishop replaces Jim Leonard as RSU 13 athletic director. The RSU 13 AD is responsible for overseeing sports at the high school and middle schools in the region.

“I'm ecstatic,” said Bishop on her new position. “I've been looking for a position as an athletic director [and] I had no idea Jim was leaving. All of the sudden something close to home opens, and I can't think of a better place to be.”

At the high school level, Oceanside is Class B in most sports and Class A in one (golf). Richmond is a Class D school.

"Whether teaching or coaching, it is my desire to provide ample opportunities for students to set goals and rise to challenges in a variety of venues, enabling them skills to carry with them as they grow into responsible citizens," Bishop said in a statement released by RSU 13.

Bishop coached the Richmond girls varsity basketball team seven seasons. She also served as the high school and middle school athletic director for three years and as a science teacher in the school system seven years.

Taking a job where one is asked to multitask is commonplace should not be a new concept for Bishop as last year she was not only the athletic director and girls hoop coach, she also taught six classes at Richmond.

“I worked in a school where there are only so many people to go around and you're trying to provide students with all these positive opportunities, and a lot of times you have to wear a lot of hats,” she said.

Bishop, 37, who still lives in Jefferson, realized solid personal high school athletic success with the Panthers in track and field, soccer and basketball, but she has experienced greater sports achievements as a coach and athletic administrator.

She led the Bobcat girls basketball squad to three straight Western Class D titles.

Bishop also surpassed 100 career coaching wins last winter, notching the coveted milestone victory against visiting Kents Hill on Feb 7 in Richmond. She has a 103-38 record (.730 winning percentage) coaching high school basketball.

Bishop also has coached softball, track and cross country in the past at Valley of Bingham and at her alma mater of MVHS.

As a coach, teacher and activities/athletic director for two schools in Richmond, she spent considerable time in the town and on the campus.

While Bishop may be better known as a basketball coach and perhaps a teacher, it is in her duties as athletic director for two schools in Richmond that kept her hopping.

What did her job as AD involve? "Everything from scheduling, field maintenance [and] game management for both the middle school and high school activities," she said in an interview in March.

That essentially is what she will do for RSU 13. Though she knows she has a topnotch group of coaches to help guide her in her transition.

“I'm the kind of person that will rely heavily on the coaches and the fact that they have a ton of institutional knowledge as far as how things work at Oceanside,” she said. “I know it's only been three years since the consolidation, but they know what the issues are on a certain field after a rainstorm. They're aware of that stuff and I'm not going to be aware of all that right off the bat.”

Bishop always recalled the girls basketball rivalry between Medomak Valley and then Rockland and said she looks forward to continue to keep up those rivalries between Oceanside and Medomak Valley.

“Obviously a lot of the kids from Oceanside know a lot of the kids from Medomak [Valley],” she said. “And I guess I look at it the same way. I know a lot of the coaches and the athletic director and a bunch of the teachers and some of the kids. That piece will just add to it for me.

“As long as it's done with sportsmanship and with respect for both teams, I think it's a great thing.”

After high school, Bishop attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Co. to study anthropology and archaeology. While she played some basketball at the school, one of the main reasons she attended the school so far from her Jefferson roots was to see a different part of the country

When she has time, which is a precious commodity, Bishop enjoys hunting, fly fishing, working in the garden and spending time on the ocean.

Bishop's resume summary

She served as athletic director at Richmond high school and middle school from 2011-2014. She was, at different points, girls varsity basketball coach, girls jayvee softball coach and youth basketball director while in Richmond.

At Valley, she was varsity softball coach, varsity and middle school cross-country coach and events manager.

At MVHS, she was jayvee softball coach, assistant basketball coach and yearbook advisor.

At Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta, she was the girls basketball coach.

Professionally, she is on the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators' Association Board of Directors, East-West Conference vice president/treasurer, Capital Area Athletic League member and on National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators' Association member and Maine Principals' Association rules change committee.

She has extensive education in teaching, athletic administration and even a bachelor's degree in anthropology.

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