Date Posted:08/03/2005, 12:00PM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College has announced the hiring of Julie Veilleux as an assistant for the 2005-06 women's basketball team. Veilleux will take over for Courtney Mattingly, who took an assistant coaching position at St. Bonaventure University. The Polar Bears have a 108-9 record over the past four seasons- the best of any program in Division III.
"I'm thrilled to have Julie on our staff and in the department," according to Bowdoin head coach Stefanie Pemper. "She was a heck of a player, she has a great mind for the game, she relates very well to people, and she is eager to work with us. Julie played for two outstanding coaches in Paul Vachon at Cony H.S. and Sharon Versyp at Maine. Aside from seeing two successful leaders work, she experienced first-hand what it takes for teams to perform at their highest ability and represent themselves well off the floor. I'm excited to work with Julie and even more excited for our players."
A native of Augusta and a 2004 graduate of the University of Maine, Veilleux was a four-year basketball letterwinner with the Black Bears. She was a member of the Maine squad that won back-to-back America East Conference Championships in 2003 and 2004 and was an America East Academic Honor Roll member all four seasons. As a senior, she averaged 7.6 points per game and played after graduation with the Athletes in Action team that posted a 7-6 record against Division I teams last season.
At Cony, Veilleux was a 1,000-point scorer, despite missing most of her senior season due to injury. She was a three-time first-team All-State selection and was a finalist for Miss Maine Basketball during her career. In addition, she was a member of the State Championship team her sophomore year.
Courtney Mattingly served one year as an assistant for Pemper, and will return to her alma mater to continue her coaching career next season.
"Courtney was simply a blessing. In a very short time she made a positive impression on a lot of people at Bowdoin, and was invaluable to our team," comments Pemper. "Her work ethic, professionalism, and adaptability, were exceptional. Courtney's positive attitude was inspiring and she will be a fantastic head coach some day. She had a lot to do with our success last year and we'll miss her."