AUGUSTA — A first-time event for aspiring women’s basketball coaches was held Sunday at the Augusta Civic Center.
Women from the northern and southernmost parts of Maine came together for the Pass-It-Forward women’s coaching clinic.
“I love that I am a female coaching females in a sport where there are a lot of men coaches,” said Abby Hasson, girls basketball coach at Portland High School.
Amy Vachon, long-time basketball coach for the University of Maine, said she started a group on Facebook called Women’s Basketball Coaches and it has grown.
“We’re all equal. White, black female, male. It doesn’t matter and anyone can do things but we’re making progress and I think we should hire the best person for the job and if that person is a woman that’s great,” said Vachon.
She said she has encountered a number of women who have said they wished they had a female coach to help give them courage at a young age. Vachon said she hopes the clinic will provide a space for current and future coaches.
“A lot of us who are older in the group have said I never had a female coach or I never had a female coach until I was in college and so I didn’t realize that was possible,” said Vachon.
The women’s coaches clinic lasted six hours and some coaches said it was encouraging to have other role models around them.
Vachon plans to keep the Facebook group open and wants anyone interested to join. This Facebook group can be found here.