Written by William Sawtell: DEXTER - Now in her third decade of coaching Dexter Field Hockey Coach and former Girl's Varsity Basketball Coach, Margaret Veazie has had a very successful career in both sports, as a player and as a coach.
Margaret is the daughter of Ted Clark, who starred in baseball, basketball, and football at Stephens High School in Rumford and had a tryout with the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals. Ted also was the coach of some very good baseball teams at Dexter while also coaching basketball.
Margaret was born in Dexter and has always lived there, attending Dexter schools. At Dexter Regional High School she scored 970 points in her basketball career. This was before the era of the three-point shot and before there was so much emphasis placed on 1000 points. In field hockey, she set a career record with 72 goals until her daughter, Kristy, broke it with 102. Margaret set another school record by obtaining 12 varsity letters in her high school career, which her other daughter, Brittany, managed to break by playing two sports in a spring for 16 varsity letters. Math and science were her favorite subjects.
Margaret attended the University of Maine for two years and Salem State for two and one half years. At Orono she played jayvee basketball and field hockey and at Salem State she played basketball for two years.
In 1981 she married Richard Veazie, a former standout in basketball, baseball, and soccer at Nokomis High School. She began teaching at Nokomis and coaching jayvee basketball and jayvee field hockey. In the mid-1980s, Margaret had her children. Kristy was born in July 1984 and Brittany was born in November 1985. Margaret took time off from teaching to be with her girls.
In 1987 she returned to teaching physical education, this time at Dexter Regional High School, and she also coached middle school basketball. In 1990 she started recreation programs in Dexter and began working with a group of girls with whom she was going to work at all future levels in basketball and field hockey. This paid off eight years later when the high school girls won the first of five State Championships in six seasons under Margaret's coaching. It also paid off when Margaret's team won the Gold Ball in 2004 after making it to the Quarterfinals, Semi-Finals and State Finals in the previous seasons.
Key players on her field hockey teams were Erika Haiko, Beth McKusick, Sarah Clukey, Kristy Veazie, Brittany Veazie, Amanda Pullen, Kerianne Patterson, Courtney St. Germain, Megan Fogarty, and Nicci Burton. Key players on her basketball teams were Kristin Gilbert, Kristy and Erika Haiko, Ashley Foster, Brittany Veazie, Kerianne Patterson, Ashley Ames, Sabrina Cote, Mallory Ames, and Nicci Burton.
Margaret attributes her success to her feeder system, to knowing the game, teaching the game and making it easier. "It's a hard game," she says. Another factor is that she has had smart and talented kids, whom she has watched, come right up. The girls have put a lot of extra time into both sports. Margaret inspired them to do more. "Success breeds success," she says. The girls also lifted weights and could outrun any other team, she notes. "I got them in shape."
Margaret got out of coaching for a while, because she wanted to see her daughters play sports in college. Brittany attended Springfield, while Kristy attended UMF.
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