Josette Babineau begins her ninth season as head coach of the Black Bears. While at the helm of the Black Bears, coach Babineau has guided the squad to seven-straight America East Tournament apperences. Through her time at Maine, Babineau has coached and mentored 34 All-Conference players and seven All-American selections.
Coach Babineau has continued to form the Black Bears into a nationally recognized program as Maine received votes in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Top-20 poll, including receiving its highest ever national ranking when the squad was honored as the number 10 team in the nation (10/4/11). In 2011, the Black Bears enjoyed their greatest success since 1996 as they went 16-4, racking up the second most wins in a season in program history while setting a new school-record with 89 total goals scored.
The individual awards continue to pile up under Coach Babineau's dedication and hard work with the program. This past year a trio of players were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams, Annabelle Hamilton (North Vancouver, British Columbia) was named to the All-Northeast Region first team and Zoe Adkins (Coquitlam, British Columbia) and Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) have each been named to the All-Northeast Region second team. In 2012 Hamilton was the first player since Kelly Newton to earn All-American national honors as she was named to the honorable mention list.
In 2012, Kelly Newton graduated with the most points ever scored (163) by a Black Bear as she garnished a pair of All-American honors. Fellow senior Stephanie Gardiner was honored as the America East Midfielder of the Year, while also receiving an All-American honor, as the pair of seniors each also earned unanimous selections to the All-America East First Team. Babineau continues to bring in the talent to Orono as freshman Holly Stewart was named to the WomensFieldHockey.com National All-Rookie team while also being named America East Co-Rookie of the Year. The Black Bears also received three All-Region selections, three America East Second Team selections and three America East All-Rookie team honors.
Aside from the honors for their play while with the Black Bears, Coach Babineau has had four of her former student-athletes go on to play on Senior National Teams while one participated with the Women's Junior National squad.
Under Coach Babineau's guidance in 2010, Maine received votes in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Top-20 poll for the majority of the season. During the 2010 campaign, Maine picked up big wins under Babineau’s guidance including home victories over Michigan and Providence and solid road victories against Harvard, Yale, Brown and Davidson.
Academically, the Black Bears have won nine-straight NFHCA Academic team awards under Babineau.
Babineau was named head coach of the University of Maine field hockey team on February 1, 2007 by Director of Athletics Blake James. She became the sixth head coach in Maine field hockey history.
“We are very excited to have someone with Josette’s experience and success as our head coach,” said James upon her hiring. “I am confident that we will see continued success both academically and athletically with our field hockey program.”
Babineau came to Maine after serving as an assistant coach at Cornell the previous three seasons. While with the Big Red, she was involved in all aspects of the program, including preparing practice plans and scouting reports for the Big Red. At Cornell, Babineau was instrumental in developing a defensive system which resulted in opponents taking 50 percent fewer shots than the previous season. Cornell’s offense scored nearly half a goal per game more than it did the previous year. She also recruited extensively for Cornell.
Babineau spent nine years as a Technical Director and Provincial Coach of the Saskatchewan Field Hockey Association. She served as head coach of the Under-21 Canada Games Team in 1997 and 2001. She was responsible for the growth and development of field hockey in Saskatchewan.
During the 2003 season, Babineau served as the associate head coach at the University of Calgary. Babineau worked with the coaching staff to organize the season plan, practice plans, game plans and scouting reports. She also assisted in recruiting, team management and administrative duties.
She also served as head coach of the Canadian Under-18 National Team during the 2000 season. She coached the Canadian Under-18 team at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Scotland. She ran identification camps throughout Canada to select athletes for the Youth Commonwealth Games team.
From 1998–2000, Babineau served as an assistant coach of the Canadian Under-21 National team. The Under-21 team competed in the Qualifying tournament and finished third earning them a spot at the World Cup.
Babineau was an outstanding field hockey player at the University of New Brunswick. She led her New Brunswick team to the Silver Medal at the Canadian National Championships in back-to-back seasons. She was a five-time Atlantic University All-Star selection. She was selected to the Canadian University All-Star team four years in a row. Babineau was named most valuable player of the Atlantic Field Hockey conference from 1990–93. In addition, she was named best all round athlete at the University of New Brunswick in both 1992 and 1993. In 1991, she was named Athlete of the Year at the University of New Brunswick and in 1993 she was selected as the Canadian University Player of the Year.
Babineau graduated in 1993 from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in business administration.