Over Abram, assistant baseball coach Lanie Roy, second from left, watches the action from the dugout during a game this season. Photo by Francios Moretto

Lanie Roy never viewed joining Abram Mountain baseball coaching staff as a cause or making a political or social statement. It had never occurred to him, for that matter, baseball is considered an exclusive sport for men.

“I think I never thought so,” she said. “I feel very honored. Honestly, it’s a very natural fit for me. I have always lived ‘in the world of men’. Growing up with my older brother and three male cousins, I was always the youngest and only daughter. I have always been a ‘guy’ and I like it. I believe this helped me grow into a strong and independent woman. I also have to give credit to my mother (Paula Kane), who is my biggest supporter and also a strong, independent woman.

“At the University of Maine at Presque Isle, I was a Physical Education specialist and junior coach – at the time, male-dominated fields. I never knew anything different and I was never treated differently. I feel respected. always from classmates, colleagues, students and athletes. ”

Roy is now an old farm for Roadrunners, and a respected coach who brought a new perspective to the team.

“This is my fourth year as an assistant coach for MTA,” she said. “This year, Jeff (Pillsbury) gave me the official title of JV coach. Pillsbury, Jamie Phelps, (strength and conditioning coach) Kawika Thompson and I shared both JV and university scholarships. “We do it because we love these kids and the game of baseball.”

As for Pillsbury, Roy is an integral part of his coaching staff, and she is also responsible for the Roadrunners success.

“I do not think it matters – gender, race or whatever,” he said. “If you can train and know the game and you like the game – it ‘s about training and learning.

“She is from the area, so she knows the area. She knows the children. She knows family. It can relate to children. I have a lot of kids who really love baseball. They like to compete. It fits all of us. There is probably no one more passionate about the sport than she is. I think it affects children. We all joke, ‘What day is it? It’s a game day. “”

Mount Abram assistant baseball coach Lanie Roy goes on the field during the 2019 season. She got her first victory at the university. Photo by Becky Phelps

“Jeff has given me this role because he believes in me as a coach.” Tha Roy. “He does not care if I am male or female. He only cares about what is best for our ‘boys’, the baseball program and how this team can bring back this great community. “

P FINDING N

Roy is an attractive and striking coach who is often called upon to make other decisions when it comes to the university team.

“What I was looking for was that I wanted people – obviously, first of all – (who) are passionate about the sport, which it fits that bill,” Pillsbury said. “She’m a competitor, a player. She wants to win. She understands the development of the players. She ‘s great with the kids – maybe I should have mentioned her first.

“They respond well to her and she does not take their grief. She can keep up with them. They do not press any buttons or try to cross the line. She has excellent relationship with them. I think they respect her and respond well to her and appreciate what she does to help us improve. “

Roy said coaching young people in a sport that it has been has been a positive and rewarding challenge.

“You can often tell how it is. “You don’t have to sugar things,” she said. “They have a different kind of humor. We have a lot of good laughs. It is a brotherhood. They take each other. “

Pillsbury often turns to his assistants to help make decisions during the season, which also becomes a phone tag game between Pillsbury and Roy.

“We’re always asking (Roy), ‘Who do you want in this place in the lineup and what do you think of this kid here or there?'” Pillsbury said. “We rely on her for different things we want to do with her. great of that. “

“Jeff calls me at least twice a day during baseball season,” Roy said. “() It is usually after the game and then again the first thing in the morning – and usually several times a day. (He) is always looking for possible lineups, thoughts on players, practices and games. “

HYM ME, TRAINER

There was more to Roy’s decision to train young people.

“Games is the best game in the world,” Roy said. “() Is a game of inches and seconds. You can’t finish class in baseball. Sure, you can stumble a bit, but eventually you have to give the other team a chance. The game can change in a second. It is the little things in baseball, just like the little things in life, that can change the game. “

Roy lives and breathes with the Boston Red Sox, and her passion for American entertainment began as a child.

“I’ve been around baseball all my life,” she said. “My uncle, Skip Ladd, was training that day in the Farmington area. He had three boys playing. I often spent summers sitting in the pit.

“As children, and living in a very rural area, we often played catch-up, sandlot-style games or serious Wiffle ball games, pretending to be Frank Thomas or Barry Bonds. Usually we were just five or six of us playing We always had ghost runners and a chair was often the hitting area.

“Jason Varitek is my favorite player of all time. I have been a stapler for 14 years of my life. My knees hurt me most days. I have a German herb called Varitek (for short).

Abram baseball assistant coach Lanie Roy takes to the field during the 2019 season. She won her first university victory. Photo by Becky Phelps

The 2003 graduate and physical education teacher at Mount Abram High School was a three-sport athlete for Roadrunners. She excelled in football, softball and basketball. Pillsbury was her softball coach on Mount Abram. She played softball and football for UMPI Owls. In addition to her baseball coaching duties, she is the Roadrunners JV girls basketball coach and the Kingfield High School girls football coach.

“She was a strong-nosed player, very good (on) both sides of the ball — in defense and attack,” Pillsbury said of his former player. “She was training for the high school boys, so I tricked her into coming to Mount Abram. She came out and we had some kind of JV coach so she was very much my assistant, along with Jamie Phelps. “

KAVALKADA OF EVIDENCE

Roy’s confidence and enthusiasm, along with her wide smile, are infectious and the young people she trains appreciate her knowledge of the game and her wise advice for a diamond.

“I hope she will stick to the program because we can definitely use it,” said third player and third grader Kenyon Pillsbury. “It simply came to our notice then.

“She used to be attractive, so she works with me and some other players. She is always looking for things and seeing how we can improve. She has trained me for four years now. It has been a lot of fun to have her around.” .

Third Junior footballer Trevor Phelps said Roy’s way of boosting a player’s confidence — especially after having a bad day at the plate — is a real boost.

“It calms you down and tells you what you did wrong,” Phelps said. “She puts me in the game more than anyone can. She takes me back to the area. “

Pitcher and top clip Hunter Warren said Roy is someone he can always count on during the season.

“She has always been there for us whenever we need her,” he said. “She fits in with us and knows a lot about the game. She has been doing it for a very long time. She played softball, but is more or less the same as baseball. I think she has been a great person to us. “

Abram athletic director Kristina Stevens said Roy is a calm person who is a dedicated physical education teacher.

“I have to say that the connections in those classes give her the advantage of being able to be that coach on the field,” Stevens said. “She encourages them. She is a positive energy for that team, for sure.”

Roy’s popularity as a teacher and trainer stems from her ability to listen and reach out to her students and athletes. She was recently named Teacher of the Month, which is voted on by the student body.

“When they vote for the person, they have to give a comment,” Stevens said. “So the comments are like, ‘Deep down, I can go to her for anything, listen to everything I have to say. “” She is just one of those really approachable people we have on our staff who is so great for teenage kids – whether male or female. ”

WHAT IS ON HIS PLATN

Every practice is an opportunity for Roy to be grateful and enjoy coaching a sport that provides many rewards on a daily basis.

“Baseball practice is often the best part of my day,” she said. “I like to go out on the field and punch the players and coaches, talk about last night’s game and what went well and what went wrong and how we will adapt. There are a lot of things going on in a baseball game. “

Roy said she should seriously consider becoming the coach of a high school baseball team.

“One day, yes, I would love it,” she said. “I was the baseball head coach for Kingfield High School for two years before Pillsbury asked me to join him in high school. That team went a long way in two years. It was a great experience.

“I thank Kim Ramharter, the former director at Kingfield Elementary, for giving me this opportunity. I think Jeff Pillsbury may have said a nice word to me. I believe this position was the first step to where I am now. “

Roy was proud when a group of students cheered him on during a home game.

“I was the first basic coach in this game,” Roy said. “Every time I ran to the first base, they cheered for me. They said they were my fan club. When I saw one of the girls at school the next day, she said, ‘Mrs. Roy, you are a bad man! ‘After correcting her language, I said,’ Thank you ‘with pride.

“I always think with training and learning – if I can make a positive impact on at least one student or athlete – it’s all worth it.”


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