Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame inductee Lynn McNutt-Girouard talks to her team during a timeout in 2018. Girouard, once a standout at Lewiston who was named Miss Maine Basketball in 1999, coached her alma mater for six seasons. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Lynn McNutt-Girouard finds herself looking back at her athletic accomplishments whenever her daughter, Lauren, wants to know more about her mom’s past on the basketball court.

Her exploits on the hardwood for Lewiston High School — which went 70-12 during the four years she was on the team, beginning in 1995 — is just one of the reasons why she was recently inducted into the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame Class in a small ceremony. McNutt-Girouard and the other two inductees, including Pete Lacasse and Dick Strong, were slated to be inducted in 2020, but COVID-19 put the kibosh on the proceedings.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the A-L Sports Hall of Fame,” she said. “I feel honored. Any time you get recognized for your achievements is always a big deal. I was inducted in the New England Hall of Fame … and that was just as a big of deal.

“It is nice to be recognized by your local towns and the people who live here and support you.”

McNutt-Girouard, then known as Lynn Girouard, amassed impressive statistics and accomplishments while playing for the Blue Devils. She scored 1,044 points, knocked down 203 3-pointers and was named an SMAA all-star all four years. She also helped Lewiston reach the regional finals her sophomore and junior years.

She was named Miss Maine Basketball in 1999 after a spectacular senior year in which she averaged 17 points, three rebounds and four assists per game, and was a key player in the Blue Devils’ run to the Class A state championship game.


McNutt-Girouard chose not to play for a big college and instead opted to play at Central Maine Technical College, which is now called Central Maine Community College, in Auburn. Her basketball exploits helped bring notoriety to the Mustangs.

Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame’s newest inductees — from left, Lynn McNutt-Girouard, Normand “Pete” Lacasse and Richard “Dick” Strong — hold their plaque at the small induction ceremony last Wednesday at Gippers Sports Grill in Auburn. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

“(CMCC) is quite the place now,” she said.

She had another run of success for the Mustangs. She owns the college’s records for career scoring (1,648 points), points in a season (648) and points in a game (45).

During her four years, the Mustangs went 84-4 and she was named YSCC Conference and USCAA All-American.

More recently, she coached the Lewiston girls basketball team for six years, from 2014-15 through 2019-20, becoming the first woman’s head coach of the program.

She began playing basketball at 5 years old and later became a three-year winner of the State Elks Hoop Shoot.


McNutt-Girouard doesn’t often look back at all she has done as an athlete and a coach, but her 16-year-old daughter, who is attending Waynflete School in Portland, often raises the subject.

Lynn McNutt-Girouard watchers her daughter Lauren take a shot at the Lewiston High School gym. Submitted photo

“Reminiscing with her is always fun,” McNutt-Girouard said. “(Lauren) gets a kick out of my accomplishments … (and) all of the college recruitment letters that my dad saved — and she likes to read through those. Every now and then, we reminisce.

“Waynflete is a great school. It has been a great move for her, both academically and socially, and we are very happy with her progress. She absolutely loves it there.”

McNutt-Girouard is not participating or coaching— for the moment — but she and her wife Stacy are involved raising Lauren. All three are now living in Scarborough.

“My daughter is going to be playing basketball this winter, so it will put me back in a gym as a parent,” she said. “We are looking forward to that.”

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