BANGOR – Kissy Walker sat at number 35 for all-time winningest coaches in Division III women’s basketball at the end of last season, and she’s still climbing.
“I think it’s more of a milestone for everyone involved in the program…for all the assistants that I’ve had, for all the great players I’ve had, because we all know you can’t do everything by yourself,” said Walker.
She notched win 499 Monday against Southern Maine and Friday she can hit that 500 win milestone against SUNY Canton.
“Kissy doesn’t care at all about her five hundredth win, she just wants us to win so we can keep moving forward in the conference,” said assistant coach and long-time friend Lauree Gott.
Walker deflects praise to the people around her at every opportunity; the mark of a true leader.
“How lucky am I that I can coach with my best friend, with my nephew…I don’t think you get that a lot with assistant coaches…,” said Walker.
Those closest to her say she’s had the perfect storm to sustain this level of success for 29 years.
“She’s shown that she knows how to win, she finds a way, she’s good with communicating to the kids what her expectations are and they’ve performed for her…” said Gott.
Her players point to her demeanor as another reason for her success.
“She pushes us for sure, but its more of encouragement and pushing. She doesn’t yell a whole lot but she’s just super positive with the way that she pushes us…” said senior guard Kenzie Worcester.
Even though it’s been a while since Gott and Walker suited up for Maine together, she still draws on her playing days as a coach.
“When you’re the point guard, the captain, you’re running the ship, you’re running the show. If you’re acting panicky, what’s the rest of the crew going to do?,” said Walker.
She’ll look to keep her squad undefeated in NAC play this weekend.