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 30th season at the helm of the Eagles basketball program and the 33rd year on the staff in 2020-21.
Walker enters the season with a 528-273 (.659) overall record and she has 291 wins since the Eagles joined the NAC - the third 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 2020-21 campaign with the most victories in NCAA DIII Women’s Basketball History with a 1116-507-8 (.690) all-time record.
Over Walker's 27-year span as head coach, she has led her teams to 12 conference titles, one NAIA District V title with four appearances in the NAIA National Tournament and eight NCAA Tournament berths and on 17 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, 24 MAIAW/MWBCA All-State first or second team, six NAIA All-District, four MWBCA rookie team, one NEWBA rookie team, 51 All-Conference, 28 post season All-Tournament team, 38 NAC All-Academic Team, five ECAC All-Academic Honor Roll, six ECAC All-Academic President’s Honor Roll, three CoSIDA Academic All-District and four NEWBA Senior All-Star Game, two ECAC All-New England selections, two MWBCA Rookie of the Year, one MWBCA Player of the Year, one NEWBA Rookie of the Year, nine Conference Player of the Years, three Conference Defensive Players of the Year, five Conference Rookie of the Years, one Conference Senior Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, one ECAC New England Player of the Year, seven NAC All-Tournament MVPs, four NEWBA All-Region players, three d3hoops.com All-Northeast Region players and have had 17 players and one team elected to the Husson Sports Hall of Fame.
Walker became the 32nd NCAA DIII Women’s Basketball coach to reach the 500-victory mark when her Eagles defeated State University of New York at Canton, 64-55, at the William P. Newman Gymnasium on January 18th, 2019. She headed into the 2020-21 season ranked 17th among active head coaches in career wins.
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.
Liza Doughty Muth was a standout point guard and is considered to be perhaps one of the best all-around basketball players to play for Hall of Fame head coach Kissy Walker '03G because of her ability to score, play airtight defense, pass well and shoot from the outside.
Doughty, a four-year letterwinner from 1998-2001, finished her career with 1,082 points, 408 rebounds, 222 steals, 449 assists and seven blocks in 107 games played, while shooting 36.5 percent (360-985) from the floor, 34.8 percent (29-76) from behind the arc and 75.3 percent (250-332) from the free throw line. She averaged 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.1 steals per game in her career.
The 2001 Kodak All-American Honorable Mention selection will enter the Hall of Fame as the program's all-time career leader in assists and ranks second in assists average, eighth in steals, ninth in 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goals attempted, and free throws made, tied for ninth in games played, tenth in 3-point field goal percentage and steals average, 15th in field goals attempted and free throws attempted, 16th in points and free throw percentage, tied for 21st in field goals made, and 24th in rebounds.
The three-time All-Conference selections holds the 3rd (144 in 2000) and 4th (132 in 1998) most assists in a single-season.
She was also a true leader for the women's basketball program over her four-year career as evidenced by her serving as team captain as a freshman, as a sophomore, as a junior and as a senior. Doughty is the only player in program history to serve as team captain all four years.
During her career, Husson posted a four-year record of 66-42 (.611) and captured one Maine Athletic Conference (MAC) title in 1999, while leading the Braves to four straight MAC Championship Games.
Liza coaches with the Maine React AAU Basketball Program.
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.