Dover-Foxcroft – Foxcroft Academy is pleased to announce that Mrs. Jaclyn Tourtelotte has been named permanent athletic administrator after assuming the position on an interim basis before the current school year. She takes over for Mr. Tim Smith ’87, who stepped down in July 2020. In addition to this position, Tourtelotte will continue to act as the schools’ certified athletic trainer.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to continue what I’ve been doing for the last nine months with the athletic programs at FA,” said Tourtelotte. “With that being said, this was not a simple decision as with athletics, nights and weekends are almost always filled with activities, so this was a real family choice, and without the support of my husband Eric, this would not be possible.”
Affectionately known as ‘Ms. T’ to her students, Tourtelotte started as a full-time athletic trainer, physical education teacher, and associate athletic administrator at Foxcroft Academy in 2011 after spending seven years at Orono High School, teaching physical education and health.
A South Paris native and 2003 UMaine graduate, Tourtelotte started her athletic career as a student athletic trainer with the UMaine Football team. She is on several prominent athletic trainer committees and was named 2016 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year.
“Working with our student-athletes is something I have enjoyed over my years at Foxcroft Academy, and the chance to continue to do that, while also adding another professional challenge to my career, makes this an even more exciting opportunity,” said Tourtelotte.
Tourtelotte has helped lead the Pony athletic program through the COVID-19 pandemic during the current school year, keeping Foxcroft Academy teams compliant with CDC regulations while fielding several competitive programs.
“I’ve learned a lot since September, but I realized quickly, this job can’t be done alone if you want to do it well,” said Tourtelotte. “I’ve had tremendous support from Mr. Shorey, my coaches, and a few on staff like Blaise (Laffin) and George (Rolleston). I also have appreciated the flexibility of my coaches, whether veteran or new this year, as we all had to navigate these uncertain waters together. Some things worked well, and others fell flat, but we’ve all done our best for the programs.”
According to Foxcroft Academy Head of School Arnold Shorey, Tourtelotte has proven she is ready for all the challenges that come along with this position.
“This school year has been like nothing we have ever experienced, and Jackie did an outstanding job keeping our athletic programs running smoothly through some really uncertain times,” said Shorey. “It was truly trial by fire, but she has never wavered on who she is as a professional. I’m very comfortable knowing she is at the head of our athletic department.”
Foxcroft Academy is currently in the midst of the 2021 spring sports season, with all teams playing a regular game schedule. The playoffs are coming up in late May and early June.
“It’s been nice seeing fans back on campus cheering on our teams this spring,” said Tourtelotte. “Hopefully, this is the beginning of something special here at FA.” #rideonponies