Dover-Foxcroft – Foxcroft Academy is pleased to announce the hiring of Toby Nelson ‘95 as its new boys’ varsity basketball head coach. Nelson had been the interim coach since taking over the program in January.
“I am excited beyond words to have the interim tag removed and to be able to take over this program on a full-time basis,” said Nelson. “I have a great deal of respect for all the FA basketball coaches that have come before me and I hope to build a program this school, town, and community will be proud of.”
Nelson, the Chief Communications Officer at Foxcroft Academy, had been a freshman and JV coach at FA for the last three years before moving to the varsity team. He is no stranger to the game of basketball as he has either played, officiated, or broadcasted it in Maine for the last 35 years.
“As an administration, we were happy with the job that Toby and his staff did with the basketball program through the end of the season,” said Tim Smith, Associate Head of School and Athletic Administrator at FA. “We picked up a few really nice wins and had the opportunity to compete in this year’s playoffs. That’s all positive, but the growth of our student-athletes on and off the court during that time is an even better story.”
The Ponies finished the 2019-20 season with a 5-13 record and finished 11th in Northern Maine Class B. They lost a hard-fought, 75-69 game in the Class B play-in round at #6 MCI. Two members of this year’s club, seniors Caleb Crocker and Jed Dean, played in the Big East All-Star game and Crocker will shoot in the McDonald’s All-Star game free-throw shooting contest on Saturday at Husson University. One other player, senior Jacob Raynes, was nominated and named to the All-State All-Academic team.
“We have a ton of work to do as a team, both JV and varsity over the summer,” said Nelson. “We graduate a class that provided us with plenty of scoring and just as much leadership. We are going to have to figure out how to replace that. I feel with the nucleus we have returning and a strong freshman class coming in, both in skill and numbers, we can see good things happen to the program over the coming years.”