Kiaran McCormack’s desire to continue his own playing career has left the Hampden Academy boys soccer team in search of its third head coach in as many years.
McCormack, who coached the Broncos to an Eastern Maine Class A playoff berth last fall, has since relocated to Florida where he has played for the Jacksonville entry in the Florida Elite Soccer League and currently works in Palm Bay, Fla., as a clinician for MLS Camps, the youth soccer camps of Major League Soccer.
“Coaching at Hampden was very rewarding,” said McCormack, who played collegiately for two years each at Vermont and Maine, where he served as team captain for the Black Bears during his senior season in 2007.
“I really feel bad about leaving after one season. Hampden always has had a certain standard of play, and I was fortunate to be able to coach there and hopefully impact the players in a positive way.”
McCormack, a native of Dundalk, Ireland, said his connection with MLS Camps, where he coaches two youth teams, also would help him maintain the work visa he needs to remain in the United States.
McCormack guided Hampden to an 8-4-2 regular-season record last fall good for eighth place in Eastern Maine Class A. The Broncos then defeated Lewiston in a preliminary-round playoff contest before falling to eventual regional champion Bangor in the quarterfinals.
Of Hampden’s five losses last fall, three came against the rival Rams.
McCormack had replaced Ryan Shaw, who resigned after leading the Broncos to a 62-19-3 overall record over five seasons, a run highlighted by the 2004 Eastern Maine Class A championship.
Hampden athletic administrator David Shapiro has interviewed candidates for the vacancy, and hopes to name McCormack’s successor early this spring in order to enable the Broncos’ next coach time to set up the team’s summer soccer program.
Skowhegan’s Marston honored
Mike Marston of Skowhegan Area High School has been selected the state’s 2008 high school football coach of the year by the Maine Football Coaches Association.
Marston guided the Indians to a 10-2 record, including the program’s first Eastern Maine Class A championship since 1989. That effort was highlighted by a victory over two-time defending Eastern A champion and previously unbeaten Lawrence of Fairfield in the regional semifinals that avenged Skowhegan’s lone regular-season loss.
The Indians then shut out Edward Little of Auburn in the EM final before bowing 26-6 to Bonny Eagle of Standish in the state championship game.
Marston subsequently shared Pine Tree Conference Class A coach of the year honors with Darren Hartley of Edward Little.
Marston, who will serve as an assistant coach for the East in the 2009 Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic at Biddeford in late July, has been Skowhegan’s head coach for the last five years. He also served as head coach at Messalonskee of Oakland, as well as an assistant at both Skowhegan and Colby College of Waterville during his 28 years in coaching.