Richie Ashley, who took over a nascent, non-competitive Cheverus girls’ basketball program and took the Stags to the brink of the state final, has stepped down as coach. Ashley coached the Stags for seven seasons, posting a record of 86-52 and reaching the playoffs every winter. Cheverus’ finest season came in 2012-13, when it went 18-3 and reached the Western A Final for the first time before losing to McAuley.
“I want to be able to devote time to my recent marriage (to Amy McMullin, Cheverus’ field hockey coach),” Ashley said.  “Also, I’m coaching football (as an assistant at Gray-New Gloucester) and softball (as an assistant at Yarmouth) now and I believe it would be too much to coach three sports and teach (history at Cheverus) full-time and be a good husband.
“I loved my time as head coach at Cheverus.  A school I love to my core. I loved being able to coach such wonderful young ladies and I will take those memories with me the rest of my life.”
Cheverus athletic director Gary Hoyt was lavish in his praise of the job Ashley did with the program.
“I’m extremely grateful for (Richie’s) contributions,” Hoyt said. “His spirit, his dedication, his work ethic and his knowledge have greatly influenced the program. I’m confident he’ll return to coaching basketball at some point. I hope he does. He’s a very, very good coach.”
Hoyt also said that a search for a replacement is underway.