North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is happy to announce Wendy Polstein as the new varsity field hockey coach. Coach Polstein comes to us from Sterns High School in Millinocket, Maine where she coached for eight years and was named Eastern Maine Field Hockey Coach of the Year. At Sterns, Coach Polstein took over a program that had never made the playoffs and within three years had the team in the state finals. During her tenure, she implemented a starter/feeder program in the junior high to bolster interest in the program and confidence in the players.
“NYA has graciously offered me the opportunity to get back to coaching and working with young women who enjoy playing field hockey as much as I do. I’m very excited about the upcoming fall season and look forward to contributing to this fine program,” expresses coach Polstein. On March 24, the team had the chance to meet their new coach and first impressions went very well. Student athlete Amber Rose ’19 shares her thoughts, “I am excited for Coach Polstein to lead the NYA field hockey team, because of her passion and knowledge for the game. She will help us get to the skill level we want and need to be at in order to win a State Championship. I believe Coach Polstein is the perfect fit for leading our team.”
This is also somewhat of a homecoming for coach Polstein who played field hockey for Yarmouth High School. She then attended Syracuse University where she played on the university’s club team. Coach Polstein continues to stay involved in the sport as a player participating in a women’s league in Portland.
“During the past two decades, NYA has been fortunate to have some of the best field hockey coaches in the State of Maine working with our varsity program. Coach Polstein will continue this ongoing tradition. I was very impressed from the moment we first communicated. Those who have directly witnessed her coaching in the past greatly support NYA’s fortune at having her join our coaching staff. I’m really excited for our girls,” says NYA Athletic Director Jack Hardy.