After 26 years as a boys varsity basketball coach and four years of retirement, Ed Guiski decided it was time for a change.
And what a change it is. The former Dexter High School boys coach who won back-to-back Eastern Maine titles and one state championship with the Tigers is back at his old stomping grounds, this time as the new coach of the varsity girls team.
“It took me awhile to decide. It’s something new and I don’t know if I’d go back to boys coaching. The girls game has come a long way over the last few years. I think the girls today can probably take my type of coaching,” he joked.
Guiski replaces Rob Beverage, who compiled a 7-29 record the last two seasons. He inherits a team that graduated five seniors who played regularly – four of them starters.
“I know most of the girls on the team and they’ve got some good kids coming up,” said Guiski.
Guiski blamed burnout, his intense dislike of long bus trips, and his approaching retirement for resigning as the boys coach.
“I think it was good to get just a few years off. It was just a matter of being a little burned out and my interest was waning. Once my youngest son graduated and I had my 312 or so victories, the spark wasn’t there any more and I hated bus rides.”
Guiski says his retirement has mellowed him out, and he has a way to get over those long bus rides now.
“I’m not teaching and that’s one good part about it because you have late practices and long bus rides. Now I can sleep in the morning,” he said. “I’ve kind of grown more of an appreciation for the game being away from it for so long.”
Dexter High School athletic director John Parola also announced several other coaching vacancies had been filled:
Veteran coach and field hockey official Margaret Veazie has been named the varsity field hockey coach, Patty Palmer will be the fall (football) cheerleading coach, and longtime coach Gary Sinclair is the new boys varsity and girls JV soccer coach.
Sinclair won the 1995 Class D Eastern crown with Greenville and he has compiled a 122-35-6 record in 13 seasons.
Coach David Gudroe’s Dexter wrestling team and its booster club recently hosted the Nebraska High School All-Star Wrestling team in Friendship Series XIII.
The 13th annual series featured more than 600 matches involving approximately 500 wrestlers from both states. This was the first time the series was staged in Maine.
The program is the longest-running exchange between two states. This year, 14 Nebraska wrestlers joined wrestlers from Dexter, Foxcroft Academy, Wiscasset, Calais, Noble, Massabesic, Oxford Hills, Camden-Rockport, Lincoln Academy, Winslow, and Gardiner in the three-day event.