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Longtime Lebanon High baseball coach dies after illness

  • Lebanon High baseball coach Doug Ashey watches his team during an NHIAA Division II playoff loss at John Stark on June 1, 2019. Ashey was the head coach at his alma mater for 26 years before passing away this week. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

  • Doug Ashey, Lebanon High's baseball coach, encourages his team during an NHIAA Division II playoff loss at John Stark. Ashey, a Lebanon native who previously coached at Kearsarge, moved on to his alma mater 26 years ago and passed away earlier this week. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

  • Lebanon High baseball coach Doug Ashey, left, explains to senior Joey Dupree that he's being removed from the Raiders' 2019 season finale so fans can show their appreciation with a round of applause. Lebanon lost the NHIAA Division II playoff contest at John Stark. Ashey, who coached 26 years at his alma mater, recently passed away. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

  • Lebanon High baseball coach Doug Ashey during a May 13, 2015, home game. Ashey recently passed away after coaching 26 years at his alma mater. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/30/2019 2:55:10 PM
Modified: 10/30/2019 10:19:56 PM

LEBANON — Doug Ashey, who coached the Lebanon High baseball team for the past 18 years, died Tuesday, less than a month after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 64.

In recent weeks, Ashey’s Churchill Way home was filled with relatives and a steady stream of friends and former players who came to pay their respects.

“The amount of people who have come here and called and written is amazing,” his daughter, Amy, said last weekend, noting that one of her father’s former players flew from Texas for the chance to say goodbye. “My husband says he’s being shown respect like the elders were in ancient times.”

Ashey is also survived by his wife, Charlene, sons Andrew and Patrick and siblings Stephen, Gail, Nancy, David and Jean. He also had four grandchildren.

The fourth of Leon and Phyllis Ashey’s seven children, Doug Ashey grew up in downtown Lebanon on Eldridge Street, not far up the hill from the Sacred Heart Catholic church, where he and his family members were devoted congregants.

Leon Ashey, a former military pilot, worked as a machinist in Springfield, Vt., and Phyllis Ashey was a longtime hostess at Landers Restaurant on Route 120.

A three-sport standout at Lebanon High before his 1973 graduation, Ashey worked as an electrical inspector and supervisor at a local manufacturing company for nearly 35 years. He arrived early in the morning and clocked out in midafternoon to coach, first at the youth sports level and later at Kearsarge High in North Sutton, beginning in 1993.

Ashey guided the Cougars baseball team for seven years and served as a boys basketball assistant there for two seasons under his childhood friend, Marty Brown. Another school pal, Gary Tremblay, was Ashey’s first-base coach with the Raiders during his entire tenure.

Charlene Ashey said her husband took over the Lebanon baseball program in 2002 and was 181-128 and honored as the 2010 NHIAA baseball coach of the year. The Raiders reached the 2012 NHIAA Division II finals, losing in extra innings. The Baseball Coaches Association of New Hampshire’s website lists Ashey with 213 career victories at the high school level.

Lebanon was 10-8 last spring, when it handed powerful John Stark one of its two regular-season losses. A team with only two seniors fell to the host Generals in the playoff quarterfinals, and Ashey was excited about his program’s future.

A week or so before his death, Ashey was visited by his current players. The coach gave them a last pep talk, exchanged hugs and took a group photo with his boys.

“They left with tears in their eyes,” Tremblay said. “He’s always told them they are family to him.”

Said Amy Ashey: “He said they’re going to win it all this season.”

Family and friends are invited to calling hours at the Ricker Funeral Home in Lebanon on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

A Mass will be celebrated at Lebanon’s Sacred Heart Church on Monday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Lebanon.




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