The high school varsity athletic coaching carousel, as it typically does, continued to spin this fall with five new team leaders in the area, namely, at Oceanside of Rockland, Belfast and Mount View of Thorndike.

The Mariners have three new coaches in Nate Gorman (girls soccer), Daphne Ripley (field hockey) and Sienna Barstow (cross country), while the Lions have Kali McCarthy (girls soccer) and Mustangs Eileen Ellis (golf).

The following is a breakdown of new coaches in the Midcoast:

Eileen Ellis, Mount View golf

Ellis replaces longtime coach Craig Tozier, who retired after 35 years at Mount View High School.

The 58-year-old Ellis graduated from Mount View High School in 1982, where she played basketball and softball for the Mustangs. She later went on to play water polo at the University of Maine in Orono, where she graduated with a degree in 1986.

In the past, Ellis coached middle school and high school basketball at MVHS and also has coached middle school softball and basketball in the Regional School Unit 19 (Nokomis) school district.

Eileen Ellis of Mount View. Photo courtesy of Eileen Ellis

In essence, she had “at least one season [often three seasons] of coaching something for about 30 years.”

“I am so excited to be the new golf coach at Mount View,” said Ellis. “I’ve played the game since I was in high school, have worked at both Northport [Golf Club] and Country View [Golf Course in Brooks] and this job presents a new challenge for me. The opportunity to bring young kids into the sport is something I’m really looking forward to.”

Ellis said her team “doesn’t have a lot of experience yet, but I have seen real improvement every time the kids step out on the course.”

“They are great kids [and] enthusiastic and excited to be playing, which makes it so much fun for me, as well,” she said. “As a coach, it’s always my goal to create an atmosphere where the kids are learning a lot, gaining confidence and having fun. Sportsmanship and golf etiquette are very important, as well. With golf, I also have the opportunity to expose them to a sport they can play for the rest of their lives. I’m really grateful to have the chance to coach some really awesome kids in a sport I love.”

Ellis is about to start her 26th year teaching in the RSU 3 school system.

Daphne Ripley, Oceanside field hockey

The 48-year-old Owls Head resident is a 1992 Rockland District High School graduate, where she played field hockey, basketball and softball for the Tigers. She has four children, including twins Maddie and Gavin, whom are OHS student-athletes.

Ripley replaces Allison Heath, who guided the Mariners one season.

Ripley graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. 1996 with a degree in biochemistry, where she also spent time working in cancer research before returning to Maine to raise her family.

Daphne Ripley of Oceanside. Photo courtesy of Daphne Ripley

She had aspirations to play collegiate field hockey, but tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during softball her senior high school year and “I’ve never quite been 100 percent since.”

This will be Ripley’s second stint coaching a Rockland-based varsity field hockey team as she coached Rockland District High School’s varsity one season in 1996. She also has coached middle school softball and middle school field hockey in Rockland and Thomaston in previous years.

She said it was difficult to commit to the coaching schedule with four children in the house, but now, with only two (the twins), she has more flexibility.

Ripley said “it feels great” to now be at the helm of the Mariners’ program.

“Practices have been going well,” she said. “The ladies that come regularly are developing quickly. We have small numbers, so this year we hope to make progress in building the numbers. These ladies are multi-committed with other sports, Trekkers and jobs. That is honestly the biggest obstacle I feel we have. We have a ton of talent, we just need to get everyone on the field at once.”

Ripley said the Mariners played in a preseason play day at Hampden Academy and won all four of their games with only eight players.

She added she hopes to recruit more players to join the team and to have the student-athletes “get in better shape.”

“Conditioning is key with a small group,” she said. “The ladies that I have are hard-working and I feel we will have a successful season if we can keep a full squad on the field.”

Kali McCarthy, Belfast girls soccer

The 44-year-old McCarthy replaces Brian Beaulieu, who stepped down after four seasons as coach of the Lions. McCarthy has coached the girls junior varsity soccer team the previous four years.

“I’m so excited to continue to be involved with the soccer community in Belfast and to hopefully make a positive impact on a great group of girls,” said McCarthy. “I have big goals for the team.”

McCarthy is a 1996 graduate of Mount View High School, where she played soccer four years and was a captain on the team’s last state Class B championship in 1996, when the Mustangs defeated Yarmouth 3-2. She also was on the school’s track-and-field team.

Kali McCarthy of Belfast. Photo courtesy of Kali McCarthy

She later graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. in 2000 with a degree in American Studies, where she also played four years on the school’s women’s soccer team and also played two years of club water polo. She attended graduate school at the University of Toledo and graduated with a master of science in accounting.

She currently owns MTA Accounting in Belfast.

McCarthy said she subscribes to the coaching models promoted by US Soccer as “they provide online and in-person coaching courses through their grassroots program, which I have completed.”

“Their philosophy is that players learn most from playing the game,” she said. “The training sessions are structured in a play-practice-play format where you introduce a specific concept of play at each practice and guide the players to see the field and recognize the opportunities where that concept exists. It not only teaches them to think on the field but it lets them play a lot and gain experience from game-like situations.”

McCarthy said there are 23 girls on the roster and the program has solid leadership from a strong cast of juniors and seniors, led by returning captains Emma Waldron and Natalie Hamlin.

“The sophomores are definitely coming into their own and I have been super impressed with the tenacity and skill of the incoming freshman class,” she said.

McCarthy, along with her husband, Brian, and children, Stella and Cam, live in Belfast.

Nate Gorman, Oceanside girls soccer

Gorman replaces Rene Dorr, who guided the Mariners five years. Gorman also has coached the Oceanside girls junior varsity soccer team for two years.

“I’m very ecstatic,” he said. “Rene and I had this plan two years ago that I’d take over at the middle school level, then COVID-19 happened and they didn’t have a season. So he said, ‘Come on up here.’ ”

The 46-year-old Rockland resident has two children that attend Oceanside schools and play soccer.

Nate Gorman of Oceanside. Photo courtesy of Nate Gorman

Gorman is a 1995 graduate of Waterville High School, where he played soccer and ice hockey for the Purple Panthers.

He started coaching in peewee youth leagues years ago and has worked his way up to the helm of the girls program in the district.

Gorman said he and Dorr subscribe to different coaching theories and this year’s squad will look different than in years past.

“I come from a possession-style and suffocating defense type-of-style,” he said. “This area, Georges Valley, and stuff it’s been a lot more of a kick and run. This summer I’ve been trying to get everyone to subscribe to my possession-style, kick with a purpose and let’s possess and move up the field. And it’s been wonderful. I was kind of worried at the start that sometimes you can’t teach old dogs new tricks, but it’s coming around.”

A sales representative for Frito-Lay, Gorman said Door “left this program in great position.”

“We have some amazing youth coming in and some awesome older girls,” Gorman said. “Up and down the roster, I think this is our time to turn it around and the pipeline looks very good for a long time.”

Sienna Barstow, Oceanside cross country

The 26-year-old Barstow replaces Shawn Anderson, who guided the Mariners the past few seasons.

Last year, Barstow coached cross country and outdoor track and field at Oceanside Middle School and also the assistant track-and-field coach at OHS.

“I am ecstatic to be the new cross-country coach at Oceanside High School,” said Barstow. “I cannot wait to cheer on some fantastic running this season.”

Sienna Barstow of Oceanside. Photo courtesy of Sienna Barstow.

Barstow is a 2014 Oceanside High School graduate and played soccer and lacrosse during her time with the Mariners. She later attended Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., where she graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s of science in digital journalism.

She teachers English and social studies at OMS.

Barstow took an interest in distance running after a year of studying in Spain in 2017 “and it quickly became an addiction.” She is training for her third marathon as she has run the Mount Desert Island Marathon and Maine Marathon in recent years, along with other notable races such as the Beach to Beacon, Blueberry Cove half-marathon and the Sugarloaf 15K.

Barstow said cross-country practices have gone great, despite a small team. She hopes for more students once school is in session.

“I strive to create a cross-country community that encourages a positive team atmosphere with a strong commitment to excellence,” she said. “As a coach I will communicate that working hard, setting goals, and camaraderie will lead to success not only as a student-athlete, but as a person throughout their lives.”