SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Former Woodland High School and Maine Maritime Academy basketball standout Julia Knights has been named head coach of the Southern Maine Community College women’s basketball team, the school’s athletic director, Matt Richards, announced in a press release Wednesday.

“Her prior experience along with her energy and enthusiasm will be an outstanding fit for our college and one that I’m looking forward to working alongside,” said Richards, who is also the school’s head men’s basketball coach.

Knights also will serve as an assistant athletic director and will handle SMCC’s sports information duties, social media and Web-based promotions.

Knights helped lead Woodland to back-to-back state Class D titles before going on to MMA in Castine, graduating in 2007.

She served as an assistant coach at MMA for one season and then moved to the Boston area where she coached one season each at the Wentworth Institute of Technology and Lasalle College. In 2012, she moved to Florida and joined the Johnson and Wales College staff where she served as assistant women’s basketball coach and focused on recruiting.

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to join the SMCC athletics program and looking forward to being a part of the staff that provides an outstanding small college program,” Knights said in the release.

Knights will be the sixth head coach of the women’s program that recently made made back-to-back Yankee Small College Conference Elite Eight tournament appearance.

Knights appointment will begin in July.

Edgar leaves St. Joe’s post

Mike Edgar has stepped down from his post as head coach of Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse program, the school announced in a press release Wednesday.

Edgar, the only coach in the six-year NCAA varsity program, leaves the team after notching a 41-58 (.414) overall record with a 23-20 (.535) mark in conference play. His teams competed in conference tournament play in each of the last five seasons.

Shufelt gains GNAC honor

Saint Joseph’s Danyelle Shufelt has been chosen as the 2012-13 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Woman of the Year. Shufelt, a four-year member of the Monks’ softball and basketball programs, graduated cum laude this past May as a biology/pre-physician’s assistant major.

Shufelt claimed three All-Conference accolades as a four-year starter for the Saint Joseph’s softball team and earned three GNAC All-Academic accolades along with 2013 Capital One Softball First Team Academic All-District honors over the past four years.