Bishop Stang High School is pleased to announce that Julie (Stockwell) Letourneau, has been hired for the position of Head Girls Basketball Coach. Bishop Stang Athletic Director Dennis Golden remarked, “We are thrilled to have Julie Letourneau head our Girls Basketball program. We believe Coach Letourneau will bring passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm to the program. She has a great basketball resume, and she has a true drive to excel. Coach Letourneau understands the mission of our school, and she has a clear understanding of the role that high school athletics plays in it. She is a positive person, and we look forward to our students having a great experience with her.“
Julie Letourneau is one of the most accomplished female athletes ever to compete for Rhode Island's Ponaganset High School. A member of the Class of 1996, she helped the Chieftains capture four-straight Division I State Championships, and she finished with 1,080 career points.
Julie received a basketball scholarship to Stonehill College, where she earned multiple Northeast-10 Conference and All-America honors, and helped her team advance to the NCAA National Tournament three times. She graduated from Stonehill, with a Bachelor of Arts, in 2000. Following her college experience, Letourneau played professionally in Europe for a year, leading her team to Luxembourg’s Division II national championship.
Letourneau also earned a Master of Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA in 2008. She began teaching in the Southbridge (MA) school system in 2008, and she is currently a fourth-grade teacher in Mattapoisett, at the Old Hammondtown School. Coach Letourneau been involved in coaching youth basketball travel teams since 2013, both for Ponaganset, RI, and for Old Rochester. She has been the Director of the Hoops Basketball Camp in Mattapoisett, and she has been a volunteer coach with Mattapoisett Recreation.
Letourneau and her husband, Craig, have two children, Cameron and Aubrie.
When asked about her feelings concerning leading the Bishop Stang Girls Basketball Program, Letourneau said, “I am excited to have the opportunity to coach at Bishop Stang. One can really feel a sense of community here. I am excited to share my experience and knowledge of the game. I am also excited to try to make the high school basketball experience memorable both on and off of the court for the players.”