REGULAR SEASON TITLES (10): 1995 (MAC), 1996 (MAC), 2000 (MAC), 2004 (NAC), 2009 (NAC), 2010 (NAC), 2011 (NAC), 2016 (NAC), 2017 (NAC), 2019 (NAC)
CHAMPIONSHIPS (11): 1992 (WMAC), 1993 (WMAC), 1993 (NAIA District V), 1995 (MAC), 1996 (MAC), 1999 (MAC), 2010 (NAC), 2011 (NAC), 2016 (NAC), 2017 (NAC), 2018 (NAC), 2019 (NAC)
NATIONAL TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (11): 1993 (NAIA), 1995 (NAIA), 1996 (NAIA), 1999 (NAIA), 2004 (NCAA), 2010 (NCAA), 2011 (NCAA), 2016 (NCAA), 2017 (NCAA), 2018 (NCAA), 2019 (NCAA)
COACH OF THE YEAR (16): 1991 (NAIA District V), 1992 (WMAC), 1992 (NAIA District V), 1992 (State of Maine), 1993 (State of Maine), 1995 (State of Maine), 2000 (MAC), 2004 (NAC), 2009 (NAC), 2010 (NAC), 2011 (NAC), 2016 (NAC), 2017 (NAC), 2017 (ECAC New England), 2017 (NEWBA), 2019 (NAC)
CAREER RECORD: 490-255 (.658)
Hall of Fame (Husson, New England Basketball, Maine Basketball) head coach, Kissy Walker, one of NCAA DIII women’s basketball’s winningest coaches, the winningest coach in program history and the longest tenured head coach for a single sport in Husson University Athletics' history begins her 28th season at the helm of the Eagles basketball program and the 30th year on the staff in 2018-19.
Walker enters the season with a 490-255 (.658) overall record and she has 253 wins since the Eagles joined the NAC - tied for the second most wins in the league since the 2003-04 season, while developing a program worthy of the women’s basketball team’s rich history at Husson University, which headed into the 2018-19 campaign ranked second in the history of NCAA DIII Women’s Basketball by Victories with a 1078-489-8 (.687) all-time record.
Over Walker's 27-year span as head coach, she has led her teams to ten conference titles, one NAIA District V title with four appearances in the NAIA National Tournament and six NCAA Tournament berths and on 15 occasions has earned coach of the year honors with a total of ten twenty-win seasons in her career. She also coached all ten of the program’s All-America honorees: Sharon Siebert '91, Vicki Mazerall '93, Kristi Wildman '93, Tara Leavitt '96, Sue Ann Allen '97, Emily Walker '00, Kelly A. Dow '00, Katie Nye '01, Liza Doughty '01, and Shelby Bradford '10
She has also coached 16 All-Americans, 22 MAIAW/MWBCA All-State first or second team, six NAIA All-District, three MWBCA rookie team, 44 All-Conference, 22 post season All-Tournament team, 26 NAC All-Academic Team, five ECAC All-Academic Honor Roll, six ECAC All-Academic President's Honor Roll, three CoSIDA Academic All-District and three NEWBA Senior All-Star Game, two ECAC All-New England selections, one MWBCA Rookie of the Year, one MWBCA Player of the Year, eight Conference Player of the Years, two Conference Defensive Players of the Year, four Conference Rookie of the Years, one ECAC New England Player of the Year, five NAC All-Tournament MVPs, three NEWBA All-Region players, two d3hoops.com All-Northeast Region players and have had 16 players and one team elected to the Husson Sports Hall of Fame.
Under the guidance of Walker last winter, Husson posted a 19-10 overall record with a 14-4 mark in NAC play last season en route to earning the #3 seed in the conference tournament. In tourney play, the Eagles defeated New England College and Colby-Sawyer College in the quarter and semi finals, respectively, and toppled Maine Maritime Academy, 76-58, in the NAC Championship at Glenbrook Gym on the campus of Castleton University on February 24th and claim the program's first three-peat. In the NCAA Tournament, Husson drew eventual National Runner-up, the #3/#5 ranked team in nation Bowdoin College, but saw their 2017-18 season come to a close with a 94-32 loss to the Polar Bears.
Following the completion of the regular season, junior guard Kenzie Worcester, sophomore forward Sami Ireland and senior forward Anna MacKenzie garnered All-Conference honors. Worcester, who also claimed NEWBA Third Team All-New England, MWBCA First Team All-State, First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades, was listed on the First Team while Ireland earned Second Team honors and MacKenzie was selected to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
2016-17: The 2016-17 campaign will go down as one of the most memorable and historical seasons in Husson Women’s Basketball history. The Eagles posted their best record under Walker since the 1992-93 season 23-5 record, including a 16-1 mark in NAC play, capturing the program’s first back-to-back NAC Regular Season Titles and NAC Championships and NCAA Tournament berths since the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons which resulted in the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. The 23 wins also tied the program’s NCAA era win mark in a single-season, while recording their fourth-consecutive season with at least 15 wins, and second-consecutive 20-win season for the first time since the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons.
As the top seed in the 2017 NAC Tournament, Husson topped #4 Colby-Sawyer, 72-62, in semifinal action to advance to the NAC championship tilt. In one of the most exciting games in recent memory, the Eagles defeated #3 New England College, 58-55, in the NAC Championship inside Newman Gym on February 25th to claim an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament, the program’s second in the last three seasons and fifth since Husson joined the NCAA’s in 2003-04.
Husson faced DeSales University in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Tufts College on Friday, March 3rd. The Bulldogs lead the Eagles by a score of 32-27 at the end of two quarters, but HU powered past DU in the third and fourth stanzas to claim the program’s first-ever NCAA Championship tournament victory, 74-72, and the program’s first National Tournament win since the NAIA Fabulous Four trip in 1992-93. The Eagles had their 2016-17 campaign come to a end by eventual National Runner-up, the #4 ranked team in nation, Tufts, 64-44 in the second round.
A bevy of individual honors followed the finish of the tremendous season, a list highlighted by the accomplishments of senior guard Chandler Guerrette, who earned First Team All-NAC, First Team All-MWBCA, NEWBA Second Team All-New England, D3Hoops.com Third Team All-Northeast, and ECAC All-New England First Team accolades and was selected the NAC and the ECAC New England Player of the Year and the NAC Defensive Player of Year. Sophomore guard Kenzie Worcester earned First Team All-NAC, Second Team All-MWBCA, and ECAC All-New England Honorable Mention honors. Senor guard Denae Johnson was also listed on the NAC All-Sportsmanship Team. After leading her 2016-17 squad to their best record (23-5) since the 1992-93 season, Walker was chosen NAC Coach of the Year for the sixth time, the ECAC New England DIII Coach of the Year and the NEWBA Coach of the Year for the first time.
2015-16: In 2015-16, Walker’s Eagles earned the program’s first NAC Championship and berth into NCAA DIII National Championship Tournament since 2010-11 with a 58-49 win over arch-rival Castleton, ending the Spartans’ three-year reign as Champions, while producing their first 20-win (21-7) season since 2003-04. Three players collected post season accolades – Victoria McIntyre earned All-NAC First Team, D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region Fourth Team honors, and was named NAC Player of the Year, while being selected to compete in the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Senior All-Star Game and to the All-NAC Tournament Team. Kenzie Worcester earned Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) All-Rookie Team and All-NAC Second Team honors and was named NAC Tournament MVP. Chandler Guerrette earned All-NAC First Team and NAC All-Sportsmanship Team honors while being named to the NAC Defensive Player of the Year. Walker was chosen as NAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in her career.
McIntyre became the seventh Eagle to named Player of the Year under Walker and the first to be selected to the d3hoops.com All-Northeast Region Team, while Worcester led the team in scoring (13.8), field goal percentage (.469), field goals made (134), free throw percentage (.878), free throws made (79), assists (72), assists per game (2.6), steals (67), and steals per game (2.4). She scored the second most points (386), and averaged the third best points per game in a single-season by a freshman in program history, while shooting the third best overall free throw percentage.
Walker guided the Eagles to back-to-back-to-back NAC Regular Season titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011, while winning back-to-back NAC Championships in 2010 and 2011 with Walker earning NAC Coach of the Year honors three times from 2009, 2010 and 2011.
In her first season (2003-04) back at the helm of the program after spending the 2001-02 season away from coaching and the 2002-03 season as an assistant coach, her team went on a tear, winning 17 straight NAC games, and a NAC Regular Season Title, but the Braves fell to UMaine-Farmington, 61-50, in the NAC Championship Game. However, the Braves’ 23-5 record was good enough to earn them an at-large bid to the program’s first ever trip to the NCAA DIII National Championship Tournament, losing to University of Southern Maine, 73-47. Following the historical first season under the NCAA umbrella, Walker was named NAC Coach of the Year.
Walker began her head coaching career in 1989-90 and led Husson to a 24-8 record and an NAIA District V Championship runner-up crown as a first-year head coach. The 20-win performance became a trend as – including the 1989-90 campaign - the Braves rattled off four-consecutive seasons with at least 20 victories, including a program-best 28 wins during the 1992-93, under Coach Walker's tutelage.
In 1993, Walker directed the Braves to a 28-3 record, a NAIA District V Championship and the program's first NAIA National Tournament berth, while becoming the first team from New England to be one of the final four teams at the NAIA National Tournament. The Braves' victories over Sterling College (Kan.) (71-55) and Indiana Tech (57-56) will long be remembered as two of the greatest victories in program history.
During her first stint as the Eagles’ sideline general, Walker led the Green and Gold to Western Maine Athletic Conference (WMAC) Championships in 1992 and 1993 and Maine Athletic Conference (MAC) crowns in 1995, 1996 and 2000.
Walker is no stranger to personal accolades. He claimed WMAC Coach of the Year honors in 1992 and earned MAC Coach of the Year in 2000. She also took home the District Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992 and accepted State of Maine Coach of the Year honors in 1992, 1993, 1995.
Prior to being named as the head coach of the women’s basketball program, Walker served as an assistant coach under her best friend and college teammate Lauree Gott for one season (1988-89) During that one season, the Braves accumulated 26 wins to only 2 losses, while earning the program’s first NAIA District 5 Championship, however the Braves fell one game short of reaching the program’s first trip to the NAIA National Championship tournament to St. Thomas Aquinas, 65-63, in the NAIA Bi-District Championship. Following the season, Gott went on to coach at Northeastern University, and Walker was appointed as the program’s 14th head coach prior to the 1989-90 campaign.
Prior to coming to Husson, Walker spent two years teaching physical education and coaching girls basketball, softball and gymnastics at the Holbrook Middle School in Holden, Maine.
Walker was a four-year letterwinner as a point guard for the women’s basketball team at the University of Maine from 1983-86. She tallied 292 points, 162 rebounds, 220 assists and 110 steals in 80 career games played, while shooting 41.1 percent from the floor and 56.0 percent from the free throw line. The senior captain helped guide the Black Bears to a 71-38 record during her time on the UMaine campus.
Walker earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from the University of Maine in 1986 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Husson in 2003.
Walker is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WCBA). In the past, she was a member of the Maine Association of Physical Education (MAPHERED), a former member of the Board of Directors for the Bangor Humane Society and is the former President of The Maine Sports Legends, which awards annual scholarships to Maine youths.
A native of Santa Anna, Calif., Walker attended Cony High School in Maine. She and her son, Isaiah live in Orono, Maine.
Randy Dodge, Coach Walker’s long time assistant, enters his 24th season (1992-94,97-01,04-19) as an assistant coach with the Husson women’s basketball team in 2018-19.
Since joining Walker’s staff beginning with the 1991-92 season, Dodge helped guide the Braves to two Western Maine Athletic Conference (WMAC) Championships in 1991-92 and 1992-93, a NAIA District 5 Championship in 1992-93, which included one historical and exciting trip to the NAIA National Championship Tournament Fabulous Four in 1992-93, during his first stint as an assistant coach.
Dodge returned to the sidelines for the 1996-97 season and spent the next five seasons coaching along side Walker until her two-year hiatus. During Dodge’s second stint on the bench, the Braves complied a 79-55 record, a Maine Athletic Conference (MAC) Championship and berth to the NAIA National Championship Tournament in 1999-00, a MAC Regular Season Title in 1999-00 and three MAC Runner-Up finishes in 1997-98, 1998-99, and 2000-01.
In 2003-04, Dodge begin his third stint on the sidelines, since then he has helped guide the Eagles to five North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Regular Season titles in 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2015-16, and 2016-17, five NAC Championships in 2009-10, 2010-11, 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 and six berths into NCAA DIII National Championship Tournament in 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18.
Dodge spent four seasons as the Husson head softball coach from 2000-03, complying a career record of 30-86. He has also served as Husson’s residential director for eight years (1994-2002). He has also coached basketball at Hampden Academy for both the boy’s and girl’s teams and was the Varsity girl’s soccer coach for thirteen seasons.
Dodge was a one-year letterwinner as a defender/goalkeeper on the Husson men’s soccer team for the 1985 season. He recorded one point (one assist) on 11 shots in 15 games played.
Dodge earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sport Management from Husson in 2002.
A native of Hampden, Maine, Dodge attended Hampden Academy. He lives in Bangor, Maine.
Matt MacKenzie enters his ninth season as an assistant coach with the Husson women’s basketball team in 2018-19. His responsibilities have included strength and conditioning, recruiting and developing practice plans for post players.
Since joining the coaching staff prior to the 2010-11 season, MacKenzie has helped guide the Husson women’s basketball program to seven winning seasons with a combined 135-83 (.619) record with four NAC Championships, three NAC Regular Season Titles and four NCAA DIII Tournament appearances, while coaching three Conference Players of the Year, one Conference Defensive Player of Year, one ECAC New England Player of the Year, two Clara Swan Husson Female Athletes of the Year, four Conference Tournament MVP’s, and 12 All-Conference, three Conference All-Sportsmanship Team, 11 Conference All-Tournament Team, 15 Conference All-Academic, two NEWBA Senior All-Star Game, two ECAC All-New England, two d3Basketball.com All-New England, two NEWBA All-New England, and eight Eagle Award Winners.
Prior to joining the Eagle coaching staff, MacKenzie was a four-year letterwinner as a member of the Husson men’s basketball team as a forward from 2007-10. He tallied 1,300 points, 465 rebounds, 51 assists, 73 steals and 38 blocks in 105 career games played. The senior captain helped guide the Eagles to the program’s first NAC Championship and berth to the NCAA DIII National Championship tournament in 2009, while being named the NAC Tournament MVP, and two NAC Regular Season Titles in 2007 and 2009 and a NAC Runner-Up finish in 2007.
The All-NAC selection ranks among the program's all-time career leaders in free throws attempted (446), field goal percentage (.572), field goals made (539), blocks, blocked shots average and points.
Off the court, MacKenzie earned National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court in 2009 and 2010.
MacKenzie earn a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Husson in 2010 and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Athletic Administration from the University of Arkansas.
MacKenzie teaches physical education at William S. Cohen School where he also coaches football, boys basketball and track. Additionally, he runs camps, clinics and offers private basketball training through his own business, RESULTS Basketball.
A native of Warren, Maine, MacKenzie attended Medomak Valley High School. He and his wife, Erin live in Brewer, Maine.
Steve Waceken enters his second season as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Husson in 2018-19.
In his first season as a member of the women's basketball coaching staff, Waceken helped Husson posted a 19-10 overall record with a 14-4 mark in NAC play last season en route to earning the #3 seed in the conference tournament. In tourney play, the Eagles defeated New England College and Colby-Sawyer College in the quarter and semi finals, respectively, and toppled Maine Maritime Academy, 76-58, in the NAC Championship at Glenbrook Gym on the campus of Castleton University on February 24th and claim the program's first three-peat. In the NCAA Tournament, Husson drew eventual National Runner-up, the #3/#5 ranked team in nation Bowdoin College, but saw their 2017-18 season come to a close with a 94-32 loss to the Polar Bears.
Waceken arrived at Husson after spending the past seven seasons (2012-18) as the head junior high girls basketball coach at Stearns Junior High School in Millinocket, Maine, where he ran the Husson University women’s basketball’s offense.
He has also sereved as the head varsity football coach at Stearns Senior High School from 2014-15, guiding the Minuteman to a 6-10 overall record. Prior to being named the head coach, Waceken served as an assistant coach for 19 years (1995-13).
Waceken is currently employed at Dennis Paper & Foodservice as a district sales representative and is the owner of Rick’s Market in East Millinocket, Maine.
The Millinocket, Maine, native attended Stearns Senior High School. He currently resides in Millinocket, Maine and has four children: Jonathan, Jessica, Colby and Calli.
CHAMPIONSHIPS (2): 1989 (WMAC), 1989 (NAIA District V)
COACH OF THE YEAR (3): 1989 (WMAC), 1989 (NAIA District V), 1989 (State of Maine)
CAREER RECORD: 26-2 (.929)
Lauree Gott, the most successful (.929) coach in team history by winning percentage, returns to the Eagle sidelines in 2018-19 for the first time since serving as its head coach for the 1988-89 season. The 2018-19 season will mark Gott’s first season as an assistant coach and her second on the Husson women’s basketball coaching staff.
Gott began her first stint at Husson in 1988-89 and led the Braves to a 26-2 mark, earning the program’s first-ever Western Maine Athletic Conference (WMAC) and NAIA District V Championships. The Braves fell one game short of reaching the program’s first trip to the NAIA National Championship tournament to St. Thomas Aquinas, 65-63, in the NAIA Bi-District Championship inside Newman Gym. Following the Braves’ first-ever 20-victory season, Gott was named the WMAC, NAIA District V, and MAIAW Coach of the Year and saw two of her players receive postseason accolades, Peggy Riitano (NAIA All-District V and MAIAW All-State) and Sharon Siebert (NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, Kodak All-American Honorable Mention, NAIA All-District V, All-WMAC, and NAIA District V All-Tournament Team).
Prior to returning to the women’s basketball program, Gott spent four seasons (1990-93) as an assistant coach at Northeastern University before returning home to coach at Brewer High School from 1994-1998.
During her time at Northeastern, Gott helped the Huskies post a 32-82 overall record, while coaching the 1992-93 North Atlantic Conference - known today as the American East Conference - Rookie of the Year.
Gott also spent 20 years teaching science at Veazie Community School in Veazie, Maine from 1995-2015. In 2014, Gott received the State of Maine’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching.
Gott was a four-year letterwinner as a forward for the women’s basketball team at the University of Maine from 1983,84-87. She tallied 1,387 points and 781 rebounds in 115 career games played, while averaging 12.0 points-per-game. The 1987 Seaboard Conference First Team All-Conference selection currently sits ninth all-time in points and rebounds at UMaine. The two-time (1986, 1987) captain helped guide the Black Bears to an 83-32 record and a Seaboard Conference - known today as the American East Conference - Tournament Runner-Up finish in 1987 during her time on the UMaine campus.
Gott earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Maine in 1987 and a Master’s Degree in Teachers of Geoscience from Mississippi State University in 2002.
A native of Old Town, Maine, Gott attended Old Town High School. She lives in Old Town, Maine and is currently doing business development for Howard Tool Company in Bangor, Maine. When she isn’t coaching basketball, Gott loves to do triathlon.
Jenn Folsom enters her fourth season as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Husson in 2017-18.
Since joining the coaching staff prior to the 2014-15 season, Folsom has helped guide the Husson women’s basketball program to three winning seasons with a combined 61-21 (.744) record with two NAC Championships, two NAC Regular Season Titles and two NCAA DIII Tournament appearances, while coaching two Conference Players of the Year, one Conference Defensive Players of Year, one ECAC New England Player of the Year, two Clara Swan Husson Female Athletes of the Year, one Conference Tournament MVP, and seven All-Conference, two Conference All-Sportsmanship Team, five Conference All-Tournament Team, three Conference All-Academic, two NEWBA Senior All-Star Game, two ECAC All-New England, two d3Basketball.com All-New England, one NEWBA All-New England, and three Eagle Award Winners.
Folsom is currently employed at Eastern Maine Healthcare System as a project manager in the information systems department as well as an independent consultant with Thirty-One Gifts.
While a student-athlete at Husson, Folsom was a three-year letter winner as a forward in field hockey from 2001-04 and a guard on the women’s basketball team from 2001-04.
In field hockey, Folsom played in 40 career games and posted 34 points, while helping the Braves to a 31-27 overall mark and their first conference championship in program history in 2001.
In basketball, Folsom appeared in 97 career games and tallied 189 points, 158 assists, 133 rebounds, 96 steals and eight blocks, while shooting 26.0 percent from the floor, 23.6 percent from behind the arc and 48.5 percent from the free throw line. She helped the Braves to a 58-49 overall record and an at-large bid to the program’s first NCAA DIII Championship Tournament in 2004.
Folsom earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Business in 2005 and a Master of Business Administration in 2013 from Husson.
The Lincoln, Maine, native attended Mattanawcook Academy. She and her husband, Jason, who is an assistant coach on the Husson baseball team, currently reside in Glenburn, Maine with their twin daughters, Abygail and Kaylee, and son, Connor.
Before Husson: Played four years of varsity basketball at Central High School… Won All-Conference First Team her junior and senior year… Four time all-conference all star and multiple time winner of player of the week for the Big East Conference… Scored 1000 points in high school and got McDonalds All-Star her senior year… She also made the BDN All State Team her sophomore, junior and senior year.
Personal: Sydney Elizabeth Allen, born in Bangor, Maine… Daughter of John and Sue Ann Allen, played for Coach Walker from 1994 to 1997… Majoring in Nursing…
2017-18: Played 29 games as a Freshman starting in 26… Averaged 3.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and steal a game last season…
Before Husson: Miss Maine Basketball nominee…Maine All-star...All Tourney team… 1,000-point scorer.
Personal: Daughter of Husson University Men’s Basketball all-time leading scorer, Ray Alley and Kristi Wildman Tapley, a 1993 NAIA All-American Honorable Mention selection, who played for Coach Walker from 1990-1993. Majoring in Elementary Education.
2017-18: Played 29 games as a sophomore starting in 21… Averaged 9.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 block per game last season…
2016-17: Played in 28 games… She averaged 7.2 points per game shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 70.3 percent on free throws… She also averaged 4.1 rebounds per game named Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association Rookie of the Week five times.
Before Husson: Varsity all four years… First Team Penobscot Valley Conference. McDonald's All-Star, 1000 points scorer.
2017-18: Played in 29 games, with one start as a freshman… Averaged 6.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks per game.
Before Husson: Started four years on Dexter Regional High School Varsity girls team making the tournament every year…played in two Northern Maine games and one state game…Averaged 16.0 points 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks her senior year…1000 Point scorer.
Personal: Megan Peach, Born in Dover, Main. Majoring in Psychology.
Before Husson: Played four years of Class A varsity basketball at Hampden Academy… Northern Maine Class a regional Champions and Class a State Runner up her senior year… Was captain her junior and senior year and was All-Tourney Team honorable mention.
Personal: Braylee Wildman, born in Newburgh, Maine. Daughter of Pam and Josh Wildman. Cousin of Emma Alley.