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Shaunessy Saucier, 

 

Owner & Director

 

Saucier joins BBE after spending eight years in NCAA Division I as the head field hockey coach at Bryant University, and one year as their assistant. Saucier is going back to her roots to grow the game of hockey in her home state.

A UMaine Black Bear alum and former assistant coach, Saucier took over the Bryant Field Hockey program in 2008 after their first season in Division I. She led the Bulldogs to become the first team in school history to qualify for a Division I postseason tournament in 2010, and again in 2013. In her last season with Bryant the Bulldogs made their 3rd MAAC Tournament appearance as the #3 seed.

During her tenure as head coach Saucier saw 24 All-MAAC & NEC recognitions, including NEC Rookie of the Year, and 2013 MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year, Skowhegan standout Megan Hancock.

Off the field Saucier has fostered an environment of strong academic tradition, and her teams have earned NFHCA Division I Academic Team Award each year during her tenure. This season the Bulldogs finished with the fourth-highest GPA in Division I. During her nine seasons 77 Bulldogs have been named to the MAAC and NEC Academic Honor Rolls.

Saucier also developed a strong team culture, and instilled in her players a strong belief of giving back and getting involved in the community. Her team has won Bryant’s coveted Nassaney Award for recognition of outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, and service to the community.

While at Bryant the strong connections Saucier kept with her home state have seen her recruit and sign top Maine student athletes to the Bryant roster each year.

Passionate about inspiring and empowering young women, Saucier steps into her new role as Director of Black Bear Elite committed to providing opportunities to develop both as field hockey players and as future leaders.

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Elizabeth Saucier

 

An Old Town native, Liz has been with Black Bear Elite since its inception. After a successful playing career at William Smith College, Liz went on to coach at SUNY New Paltz, the USA Futures program, and volunteered with the UMaine field hockey program, and was head coach at John Bapst High School in Bangor, Maine. With coaching experiences at all levels, Liz has demonstrated dedication to the development of field hockey in the greater Bangor area and continues to do so through the improvement and growth of Black Bear Elite.  She brings a lot of passion and motivation to her coaching, and is a tremendous role model for our young athletes.

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Michelle Simpson

In April of 2017, University of Maine field hockey head coach Josette Babineau announced the hiring of associate head coach, Michelle Simpson.  Michelle shortly came to Black Bear Elite in Orono to work with the local BBE athletes.

Simpson came to UMaine after serving eight seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, UAlbany.

Simpson grew up in Middlesbrough, England and played one season at the University of Teesside, earning Sportswomen of the Year honors in 2004. Following her year stint at Teesside, Simpson committed to play at UAlbany for the Great Danes where she displayed one of the best careers in program history.

During her collegiate playing career, Simpson was named to the America East conference first-team her sophomore, junior and senior year. In Simpson's sophomore season, she took home the America East conference Offensive Player of The Year accolade. During her senior campaign, Simpson guided the Great Danes to a conference championship and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in 2008.  She also became the first play in Great Danes' history to earn Division I All-American honors, which Simpson did twice in her junior and senior season. She received UAlbany's female athlete of the year in her senior year. Following her decorated playing career at UAlbany, Simpson continued playing field hockey for a couple of years back in England before returning to UAlbany where she took the job as assistant coach.
   
Simpson specialized in coaching the offense and worked closely with the goalkeepers. Under Simpson, two goalkeepers combined for four America East Goalkeeper of the Year awards in seven seasons. The Great Danes were America East champions in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 during Simpson's tutelage in seven seasons. Though she may not have been the head coach for the Great Danes, her phenomenal work certainly did not go unnoticed as she was named to the America East Coaching Staff of the Year in 2014 and 2016. Last year (2016) Simpson was inducted into the University of Albany Hall of Fame for her amazing career accomplishments with the Great Danes field hockey program.

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Dodi Saucier 

Dodi Saucier, mother of Shaunessy & Elizabeth, brings the most coaching experience to the Black Bear staff.  

Dodi grew up in Wells, Maine, and went on to play field hockey, and basketball at the University of New Hampshire, being on of the first women to receive an athletic scholarship through Title IX.  

She coached at Orono, High School for many years and is in the Wells High School and the Maine Field Hockey Association Hall of Fame.

Dodi's coaching philosophy is that every field hockey athlete has the potential to improve as an individual, a team member, and a leader.