Hall-of-Fame coach Brenda Beckwith won’t return to coach the Winslow High School girls basketball team next season.
Beckwith took over the program this season after Lindsey Withee resigned because of a work promotion that required more travel and more of a time commitment.
Withee guided the Black Raiders to the Class B state championship a year ago.
Beckwith led the Black Raiders to a 13-7 season and a berth in the Class B North semifinals where they were beaten by Mount Desert Island 57-51 in overtime on Wednesday night.
She had the opportunity to coach her daughter, Maddie, a reserve senior guard.
“My daughter is done, and I want to follow her in field hockey at Simmons (University in Boston),” Beckwith, who was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame last August, said.
Despite her team’s heartbreaking loss to MDI, she said she will be full of fond memories of the season.
“I loved it. I had a blast,” she said. “These were some of the best athletes I’ve ever coached. They came to practice every day ready to go. They had great basketball IQs, and they always hustled. They had great skills.
“All they wanted to do was win. It was awesome,” she added.
Beckwith had been the freshman boys basketball coach at Winslow High and she also assisted Winslow varsity boys coach Ken Lindlof.
Beckwith compiled a 70-33 record in five seasons as the head basketball coach at Messalonskee High School in Oakland and guided the Eagles to a Class A regional title in 2009. The Eagles made two other appearances in regional finals under Beckwith.
As the field hockey coach at Winslow High, she directed them to four Class B state championships and she was inducted into the Maine Field Hockey Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
She has been a physical education teacher at Winslow High for 31 years and has been a girls basketball broadcast analyst.
The new coach will inherit a team that will return two starters in guards Silver Clukey and Bodhi Littlefield and valuable reserve Grace Smith. Smith and Clukey will be seniors and Littlefield will be a sophomore.