Ipswich High School announced yesterday that Doug Woodworth will be taking over for Dot Stanley as the school’s head girls basketball coach for the remainder of the season.
Stanley, an Ipswich Hall of Fame member, coached the Tigers for a single game this season — a 38-33 victory over Amesbury.
“The Ipswich schools and the Ipswich community have a great deal of respect for Dot’s contributions to Ipswich basketball as both a former player and coach,” Director of Athletics Tom Gallagher said in Monday’s press release. “At this time however, Dot has decided to pursue a new endeavor. We wish Dot the best of luck.”
Stanley, who graduated from Ipswich in 1981 was team MVP in both basketball and softball and earned CAL All-League honors, while her basketball team won a state championship.
Woodworth, who coached the Tigers’ win over Georgetown on Friday, led the Ipswich boys basketball team for 14 seasons, including a Division 4 state title run in 2005. Woodworth retired from coaching the boys in 2008 and was the winningest boys’ coach in IHS hoop history (182-119).
This past spring, Woodworth stepped down from his position as softball coach after 28 years at the helm.