WATERVILLE, Maine — Katie McLaughlin of Glenburn, a two-sport athlete honored for her athletics leadership during her time at Colby College, will serve as an assistant coach for the women’s hockey under the Papadellis Internship.
The Papadellis family created the paid internship in 2013 to offer experience to Colby graduates considering a coaching career.
McLaughlin, who graduated in May, will work under women’s hockey head coach Holley Tyng, for whom she played during her senior season.
“I’m thrilled to have Katie back in Waterville this year as the Papadellis intern,” Tyng said in a release. “I’ll look to Katie to not only assist with on-ice and administrative duties, but even more importantly share her four years of Colby experiences as a multi-sport athlete with recruits and prospective families. Katie will continue to be a key figure in the Colby women’s hockey family.
McLaughlin, a forward, finished her hockey career with 27 goals and 34 assists. She led the Mules in scoring last season and was second in points her first three seasons.
McLaughlin, who had 102 hits and played shortstop and third base during her softball career, earned the Marjorie D. Bither Award at the 29th Annual Senior Awards Ceremony in May 2017. The honor is for academic ability, athletic ability, and leadership in athletics and on campus.
McLaughlin was a two-year captain for women’s hockey and was a rare three-time New England Small College Athletic Conference Winter All-Sportsmanship Team award winner. McLaughlin also earned NESCAC All-Academic Team honors four times.
Durepo joins USM staff
GORHAM, Maine — Ashley Durepo has been named head coach of the University of Southern Maine women’s lacrosse program following a national search.
Durepo succeeds Ashley Dyer, who guided the program the past three seasons.
Durepo served as an assistant coach under former head coach Lauren Reid at USM during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
“I’m incredibly grateful to (Director of Athletics) Al Bean, (Associate Director of Athletics) Kim Turner and the entire search committee for the opportunity to return to the University of Southern Maine,” Durepo said in a release.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the growth of the USM program as we look to work hard and get back to the LEC championship,” she added.
Durepo previously was the head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Granite State Elite Club and as the aquatic coordinator at Hampshire Hills, both in Milford, New Hampshire.
A two-time All-America East Conference second-team selection and an AEC All-Rookie Team pick during her playing days (2006-09) at the University of New Hampshire, Durepo began her coaching career at USM before returning to her alma mater for the 2012 season. She moved on to serve a three-year stint (2013-2016) as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
“I’m confident that Ashley will be a successful recruiter of top talent, will develop a strong and competitive lacrosse program, and will be an outstanding role model and teacher of the game for our student-athletes,” said Bean.
USM wrestling contributors recognized
GORHAM, Maine — USM wrestling standout Dan Del Gallo of Gardiner recently was honored by the Maine Amateur Wrestling Alliance earning the distinction of the Jim Aguiar College Wrestler of the Year.
Last season, the senior won the 2017 NCAA Division III national championship at 149 pounds. He earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American honors in 2017 after capping a career that featured a four-year record of 137-19, including a 45-1 mark as a senior.
Former USM head coach Joe Pistone and former Huskies wrestler Matt Lindsay recently were inducted into the Maine Amateur Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame.
Pistone was USM’s head coach for 13 seasons, including the 2014-2015 campaign. He developed the program to national success, coaching wrestlers to nine appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament, two All-Americans, 12 NCAA Scholar-All-Americans, and numerous All-Region wrestlers.
Pistone finished with a record of 143-118-2 as USM’s head coach. He also served as Vice President of the NCAA New England Wrestling Association (2010-2012), and was the Division III New England Wrestling Association president from 2012-2014.