Lincoln County News Sports Editor and LA graduate Paula Roberts ’75 spoke to the 2021 Field Hockey team on August 23
On Monday, August 23, Paula Roberts, Lincoln Academy graduate from the class of 1975, was the guest speaker at LA Field Hockey’s preseason practice. She was invited to speak by coaches Michael Johnson and Kaylee Poland, who took over coaching the team after LA math teachers and co-coaches Amanda Armstrong and Mary Martha Collins stepped aside after coaching for a decade.
Roberts, who is the sports editor at the Lincoln County News, played on the LA field hockey, basketball, gymnastics, and softball teams during her high school years. After graduating from Springfield College, she returned home and worked at LA as a teacher and coach. She coached the LA field hockey team for 11 years, amassing a record of 106 wins, 45 losses, and 13 ties. In 1988, her team won the Maine Eastern Class B Regional Title and State Class B championship. They also won conference championships in 1985 and 1989.
“My goal was to inspire the players to realize that they could achieve greatness, like her 1988 State Championship team did, and Coach Roberts certainly did that,” said Johnson, who also works at LA as the Technology Support Specialist.
“Her record is astounding. She clearly loves the sport of field hockey, and understands it incredibly well. She could step on the field today and pick up coaching right where she left off.”
Roberts has been covering Lincoln Academy sports for the newspaper for more than four decades. She follows LA athletes to contests all over the state, and keeps school records for every team at LA.
“I had always heard about the Field Hockey Championship and Paula Roberts’s coaching, but it was amazing to hear the story in person,” said Addie Brinkler, LA’s senior Field Hockey captain and goalie. “She had so much great advice to give us and after watching us on the sidelines she really understands what our team is up against. I am so thankful to Coach Johnson for setting this up and hope that I get another opportunity to listen to Paula speak.”
Junior Ava White said, “Her advice was really helpful. She was inspiring to listen to, and she also helped us learn some skills and techniques that we didn’t know before.”
“It was nice having someone talk to the team who has known the game for so long,” said junior Gabby Vincentson. “We can really learn a lot from her.”
“Coach Roberts has so much knowledge and passion for coaching,” said Coach Johnson. “It was a real pleasure to have a community legend come out and speak to the players about field hockey, and share her tremendous experience with the team.”
Senior Erica Johnson agreed: “She gave us the confidence to succeed.”