Eight new assistants for winter sports

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 22, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Eight new assistant coaches --- Matt Boobar, Mike Booras, Karina Johnson, Mason Johnson III, Becky Peters, Brandi Rideout, Gene Roy and Olga Wojcik --- are in their first years at Colby College this winter athletic season.

Boobar will be an assistant for the Nordic ski teams, while Booras will help coach the alpine ski programs. Karina Johnson and Gene Roy are new assistant coaches for the indoor track and field programs. Mason Johnson III joins the men's basketball coaching staff, while Brandi Rideout is a new assistant for the women's basketball team. Peters is helping with the women's hockey team and Wojcik is the new assistant coach for the swimming programs.

Boobar had been the head Nordic ski coach at Holderness School from 2003 to 2006 and an assistant at the prep school from 1999 to 2002. He also was the head cycling coach at Holderness from 2001 to 2005. Boobar was the New England Nordic Ski Association New Hampshire head boys coach for the 2006 Eastern High School Championships.

Booras, who just completed his first season as an assistant coach with the Colby football team, will be an assistant for the alpine ski teams. A 2005 Colby graduate, Booras skied for the Mules during his first year and then decided to concentrate solely on football. Booras skied for the Mount Washington Valley ski team in New Hampshire and helped coach the team last winter.

Karina Johnson, a 2005 Colby graduate, will help out with the indoor and outdoor track and field teams. She was a key runner in helping the Mules place fifth in Division III in women's cross country at the 2004 meet. Johnson also ran indoor and outdoor track, earning NESCAC All-Conference honors after winning the 10,000-meter run during her senior year.

Mason Johnson III will be one of the assistant coaches for the men's basketball coaching staff. He was an assistant coach at the University of Southern Maine for 2004-05.

Peters just graduated from the University of New Hampshire last May and helped the UNH women's ice hockey team finish 33-3-1 and make the NCAA Final Four. The Wildcats were the Hockey East regular season and tournament champions. Peters, a defensemen, received the team's Unsung Hero Award and anchored the top-ranked penalty kill unit in the nation.

Peters started her collegiate career at Northeastern before transferring to UNH after her sophomore season. UNH finished 54-11-7 during her two years and she received the team's best defensemen award after her junior year.

Rideout, a captain of the women's basketball team at the University of Maine at Farmington this past winter, led the Beavers to a conference championship and the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Rideout made 21 starts for the Beavers, averaging 5.6 points per game during her senior year. She also played softball at Farmington and was one of the top hitters on the 2005 team that captured the North Atlantic Conference championship.

Roy will help out the indoor and outdoor track and field teams as an assistant coach. He specializes in the pole vault. Roy has worked as an assistant at Unity College and Winslow High School. He is a certified pole vault coach by the USATF.

Wojcik spent the past four years at the University of Buffalo as a mid-distance swimmer. She scored points in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events as well as the 100 and 200 backstroke. Wojcik's final season at Buffalo saw her racing in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay events. She earned the team's most improved swimmer award after last year.

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