ELLSWORTH — A familiar face on the local high school sports circuit has been formally noticed for her years of dedication.
Tracie Martin was presented Sunday with the Bob White Award at Ellsworth High School. The award, which has been given annually since 2014, honors a Maine high school soccer referee who best exemplifies “knowledge, integrity and dedication.”
Martin, the Acadia Registered Board of Approval Soccer Officials secretary treasurer of more than two decades, has been a fixture at Hancock County sporting events for years. Few people can be seen more often at soccer, basketball and softball games than Martin, who is the frequent choice for some of the area’s most high-stakes contests.
“If you are at all familiar with high school sports in Hancock County, you are familiar with Tracie Martin, at least by sight,” said award presenter Brad Lunt. “If you draw her as an official for one of your games, you are very lucky.”
Martin, a Vinalhaven native, has taught physical education at Narraguagus High School for the past 35 years. She has also had various stints as the Harrington school’s athletic director and as the head coach of its girls’ basketball and softball teams, the latter of which she led to the Class C North title in 2018.
In addition to serving as an official, teacher, administrator and coach, Martin has also been a longtime staple at the acclaimed Hoop Basketball Camp in Casco. In 2017, she was selected as the sixth camp director in the organization’s 45-year history.
“Tracie’s knowledge of the game, understanding of the camp’s purpose and mission and commitment to our campers rivals anyone,” said Hoop Executive Director Craig Belanger. “She has been a longtime colleague, friend and mentor, and working with people of her caliber is one of the reasons I returned to the camp after a decade-plus absence.”
2021 marks the second straight year that an Acadia Soccer Board of Officials member has received the Bob White Award. The 2020 award went to ASBO founder Denny Harmon, a 44-year officiating veteran and a former teacher and coach at Sumner Memorial High School.