Estella Waterman McLean, Maine- November, 1995
Estella coached field hockey, basketball, and softball at Farmington High School from 1954-1960. From 1966-1985, she coached field hockey and basketball at the University of Maine, Farmington. She also officiated field hockey and basketball from 1960-1975. In addition to coaching and officiating, Estella has also trained field hockey and basketball officials and taught field hockey coaching classes. From 1971-1983, she was the director of the University of Maine, Farmington’s Basketball Camp for Girls. Her advocacy has included the promotion of state tournaments for high school sports.
Estella is affiliated with the Central Maine Board of Women Officials and Coaches for both field hockey and basketball.
Estella has held a DGWS national Basketball rating (honorary) and U.S. Field Hockey Association, local rating. She has served on the Maine Division of Girls’ and Women’s Sports Committee. She was one of the original organizers of intercollegiate competition for women in Maine, has served on various committees and as an officer for the Maine Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.
Her lifetime field hockey team record is 172-126, and basketball, 206-129. Estella’s teams have participated in various post-season play and championships. Field hockey: 1985 NACA District Champions; Basketball: 1983 NAEA Eastern District Champions, 1979 Maine State Runners-up, 1978 Maine State Champions, 1977 Maine State Runners-up, 1975 Qualified EAIAW Regional Tournament, and 1974 Maine State Champions.
Estella’s coaching expertise has been recognized often. In 1995 she was inducted into the University of Maine, Farmington, Athletic Hall of Fame; 1993, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport; 1991 Maine High School Coaches Association Honor Role Inductee; 1990 Maine Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women recognized her as one of the five founding women. She has also received the Contributor Award from the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches, the Special Recognition Award for 100 plus wins from the Maine Field Hockey Association, and the Field Hockey Coach of the Year Award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In 1974, Estella was recognized by the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.