Julie Schmidt accepts offer to coach Vineyard varsity girls hoops

During a Martha's Vineyard girls varsity game against Norton last January, Lucy Hackney goes up for a shot. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Julie Schmidt, a special education teacher at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and former college basketball standout, accepted an offer to become the new girls varsity basketball coach, athletics director Mark McCarthy confirmed in a phone conversation Thursday afternoon.

Ms. Schmidt would replace Lisa Stewart, who retired in March after seven seasons as head coach.

Ms. Schmidt, a 1995 graduate of Boston University, had a distinguished career with the Terriers women’s basketball team from 1991-95. She is the school’s sixth leading all-time scorer with 1,346 points in 107 games, second in career steals (321), fifth in minutes played (3524), eighth in assists (303), and 10th in blocks (83).