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High school field hockey and tennis

Hall steps away as Mariner stick, net coach, to continue with unified

She led Oceanside Mariner, Georges Valley Buccaneer, Rockland Tiger field hockey program over dozen years
By Mark Haskell | May 28, 2021
Photo by: Mark Haskell Oceanside unified basketball coach Joanna Hall, right, with Isaiah Jones.

Rockland — As she coached her first varsity field hockey game in 2009 — at the Coastal Field Hockey Play Day Championships in Belfast — Joanna Hall was asked how she thought her first games had gone.

Her young Rockland Tigers were beaten handily by their opponents in the tournament. But the always upbeat Hall said: “Winning comes in many forms, and that is not just on the scoreboard.”

Hall, who has coached in Regional School Unit 13 a dozen years, stepped down as Oceanside High School field hockey coach on Monday, May 17.

Hall said: “It is not easy to step away from a program that I have invested myself in for so many years, but I feel that the time is right.”

“I started the youth program years ago and so many of the girls who started out in early elementary school now fill the high school and middle school teams," she said. "Some are playing in college. The incoming coach will have a strong group to start with.  Whoever takes over will be blessed with a wonderful group of young ladies who will make all the hours it takes, both in season and off season, worth it.”

Hall coached Rockland one year in 2009 and a cooperative Rockland/Georges Valley team in 2010, which helped her win the Maine Principals’ Association’s Unsung Heroine Award.

The final 10 years she coached Oceanside,  the school that formed when Rockland District High School and Georges Valley High School of Thomaston merged.

In those 12 years, Hall churned out a 65-93-6 record and led the Mariners to five straight postseason appearances between 2011-15.

She led Oceanside to a 2-2 record in her final, pandemic-altered, abbreviated season in 2020.

Hall, who coached the boys varsity tennis team this spring after stepping down from the girls tennis team a year prior, will resign that post as well, though she will continue to be a coach on the school’s unified basketball team in the winter.

The veteran coach, a physical education teacher in the school system,, said: “What I will miss most is seeing the growth in a player as a student-athlete and as a person and watching her take the lessons she has learned through her participation on the team and turn that into success in meeting her future goals. It is a really good feeling.”

At the tail end of her team’s run of five straight playoff appearances, Hall said her team’s double-overtime upset over higher-seeded Nokomis of Newport in the preliminary round is “the game that stands out the most” over her 12 years of coaching field hockey.

“It was absolutely amazing how everyone dug down deep and as exhausted as they were in that second overtime period played with such desire,” she said. “With less than a minute left, Mary Allen took a pass from Makayla Vanblarcom, dodged the Nokomis defender and dribbled into the circle from the left going one-on-one with the Nokomis goalie, who came out hard to tackle Mary. Mary showed grit and determination as she stayed with the play, getting a shot off as they both hit the ground hard. The shot went in and our team and fans went crazy.  Mary was exhausted and the dirt on her face was streaked with tears.  Her play was a finalist for the ‘Play of the Week’ on Channel 6. It was such an intense game that other coaches who were there watching that day still mention it when I see them.”

She added that her team winning the MPA Good Sportsmanship Banner in 2013 was “another very special coaching moment.”

“I would like to thank all the players I have had over the years for all the great memories I have,” said Hall. “I am also grateful for the support of the parents, the community and for our athletic director Molly Bishop [Harriman] and all she does to support the program. I am not stepping back too far, only to the other side of the field where I will be the one cheering the loudest for the girls.”

From left, Oceanside unified basketball coach Joanna Hall, as well as Angel Seiders and Ryan Crockett. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Charles H Crockett | Jun 02, 2021 07:03

Congratulations, Coach Hall, on so many successful years as a coach, and thank you continuing with Unified Basketball - a great opportunity for the students in the Midcoast area!  ( from your "old" X-C Coach)

 



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