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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 21, 2006
Brandi Rideout, a 2006 graduate of University of Maine at Farmington, has joined the women’s basketball staff at Colby College as an assistant coach.
Rideout was a captain of the women’s basketball team at Farmington this past winter, leading the Beavers to a conference championship and the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Rideout, a native of Mattawamkeag and a graduate of Mattanawcook High School, 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. She received her undergraduate degree in community health during UMF’s commencement exercises on May 13.
“It is exciting to have Brandi join our staff at Colby and provide a Maine presence on our coaching staff,” said Colby head coach Lori Gear McBride. “Brandi’s basketball acumen is extremely high, having played under Coach (Jamie) Beaudoin at Farmington, and her energy and enthusiasm for the coaching profession will really make an impact here. She is also a proven winner.”
Rideout joins fellow assistant Matt Sidhom, who is entering his second year with the Mules. She will handle a variety of duties, including scouting, program development, strength and conditioning and recruiting.
Colby finished 10-15 in 2005-06 under McBride, who completed her first season as a collegiate head coach. The Mules reached the NESCAC Tournament after a one-year absence and return four starters from last year’s team.