BAR HARBOR — Jamey Lewis, the new head coach of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity softball team – a squad she herself played on – is thrilled to return to her alma mater.
“I’m really excited to come back here,” the Tremont native said Monday after the first day of tryouts. “I think it’s a chance for me to come back to softball and teach the kids all that I know.”
After high school, where she also played basketball and soccer, Lewis went on to play softball for four years at Becker College in Massachusetts and on women’s and coed league teams.
“Sports are a huge part of impacting people. They made me who I am,” she said.
Reflecting on her time as a softball player, as a student athlete and the camaraderie that she experienced, Lewis said she “loved” being part of a team.
“We were awesome for one,” she said with a laugh. “Our team was really tight knit. We did everything together, and that camaraderie is important to make a great team.”
Appreciation for the solidarity among a team while reflecting on their performance in the game is something that she aims to impart as a coach.
“When everyone gets along, you have upbeat practices, and you’re having fun. Then the kids want to play well,” she said. “You see better results, and that’s what it comes down to for me.”
In tryouts, Lewis is observing the fundamentals of softball in each player – how they field and throw the ball, how their stance looks and “if they’re keeping their head in it.” She aims to set individual goals for each player once the varsity team is formed.
“Every player is different and needs to work on different parts of their game,” she said. “Once I have a team together, I can focus on what they need.”
Even though the goals for players may be diverse, there is one thing she expects from every single team member.
“I want hard work,” Lewis said. “I want them to have fun, and I want them to be a team. I’m excited about what comes next.”
The team is scheduled to play its first home game against Washington Academy on Saturday, April 9, at 4 p.m.