School sports

MacDonald puts on another Hawk hat — namely, as island athletic director

By Mark Haskell | Nov 23, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell North Haven Community School's Laura MacDonald, middle, talks to her players during a basketball game. MacDonald is the new athletic director for the Penobscot Bay island school.

North Haven — North Haven Community School has a new athletic director for the 2018-19 school year in Laura MacDonald.

The school hired MacDonald, who also is the school’s girls varsity basketball coach, in August.

The 32-year-old MacDonald said being the school's AD has been “exciting, thrilling and nerve-wracking all in one.”

“Being the new AD has been exciting, fun and has had its own challenges,” she said. “I like being more involved in the school and its been fun getting to know the kids better. It’s has been an adjustment, but everyone at school has been extremely helpful with any questions that I have had or continue to have.”

MacDonald replaces Jason Burns and Jamie Hersey, each of whom spent time as the school’s AD the past year.

Along with her husband Jason, MacDonald has three children, 4-year-old Argyle, 2-year-old Elwood and Goldie at nine months old, in addition to two stepchildren.

MacDonald, a former Hawk student-athlete and NCHS graduate, said she had planned to apply for the position a year ago when the job became available, but was not feasible with an infant at home.

However, this past summer, after being urged to apply by several island residents, she felt the time was right.

“I tend to second-guess myself on everything, but I decided to try when the opportunity came up and apply for the job,” she said.

MacDonald said Vinalhaven athletic director Sandy Nelson, who also is the girls varsity basketball coach at her school, “has been very helpful” with her transition as well.

“I worked with her a lot during the soccer season since we combine varsity soccer and the Busline [League] program with Vinalhaven. She told me when I called her early this fall to confirm our basketball games that if I ever needed anything, or had questions reach out to her. She would answer any questions or help me in any way if needed.”

North Haven, which has a high school enrollment of 15 students, will have 12 of those students — seven girls and five boys — comprise the two basketball teams this winter.

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