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Bragg takes reins of Camden Hills girls basketball

Former Windjammer athlete previously coached Oceanside Mariners five years
By Mark Haskell | Jun 03, 2021
Photo by: Mark Haskell Sam Bragg.

Rockport — The next chapter of girls varsity basketball at Camden Hills Regional High School officially began when the Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) 28 School Board accepted the nomination of Samantha Bragg as head coach at a Wednesday, June 2 meeting.

Bragg replaces Kim Kuhn, who guided the Windjammers five seasons and was not asked to return to the position. Kuhn led Camden Hills to a 28-50 record during her tenure.

The 34-year-old Bragg, formerly Samantha Wiley, guided the Oceanside girls varsity to a 46-51 record in five seasons, as the Mariners qualified for the regional playoffs each of those years.

Wiley resigned prior to the start of the 2019-20 season for personal reasons.

“It’s exciting,” said the 2005 CHRHS graduate. “I’m excited to be back at my alma mater. It also feels like a lot. They’ve been through a lot of coaches in the last 10 years, so I feel like the spotlight is kind of on to change and do better.”

Bragg will be the fifth Camden Hills girls coach since the 2013-14 season.

In her two years away from coaching, Bragg said she worked with players on a more individual basis, but has mostly been “paying attention and watching from a distance.”

She added she is happy to get back into the coaching ranks.

“They have some phenomenal athletes from soccer and they have a lot of raw talent and athleticism,” said Bragg of the Windjammers. “They just need some basketball knowledge and they are definitely hungry to learn.”

Bragg said she is looking into local summer leagues and “we will definitely have some stuff going on in June and July.”

The former standout Windjammer student-athlete and elementary school teacher at Lincolnville Central School also played basketball for four years at the University of Maine in Farmington and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in rehabiltation services.

Sam Bragg. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Charles H Crockett | Jun 04, 2021 05:41

Congratulations, Sam! Good luck!

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