BREWER, Maine — The Brewer High School boys basketball program will have its third varsity coach in as many seasons next winter after the recent resignation of Clayton Blood from the post after one year.
Blood, an English teacher at the school, took a Brewer team that finished 6-12 in 2007-08 and led it to a 14-4 regular-season record in his only season at the helm. That was the team’s best regular-season finish in 25 years —- since Brewer finished 17-1 in 1984.
Brewer entered this year’s tournament seeded second in Eastern Maine Class A but was upended by No. 10 Lawrence of Fairfield 42-40 in the regional quarterfinals at the Augusta Civic Center. Lawrence went on to advance to the Eastern Maine final before being ousted by top-seeded Edward Little of Auburn.
For his efforts, Blood was named the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A North co-coach of the year.
“I have resigned from coaching,” said Blood via e-mail. “There is not any ‘big’ reason, and it has been an extremely difficult decision.”
Blood’s successor should have a competitive squad again next year. Starters Billy Bissell, Coby Hutchins and Kyle O’Connell will graduate this spring but, among the returning players will be forward Dom Drake, guards Ray and Tyler Bessette and 6-foot-5 center Nate Carson.
Blood was a standout during his playing days at Searsport High School — he was a Bangor Daily News All-Maine second-team honoree for the Vikings in 1976 — and the University of Maine at Farmington.
He then coached basketball at the varsity level for 16 years before taking the Brewer post. That involved one year at Belfast, two years at the former Mexico High School and 13 years at Hermon High School, where he compiled a 155-97 record before resigning after the 1999 season.
At Brewer, Blood replaced Mark Reed who, citing philosophical differences, resigned after eight seasons with the Witches highlighted by trips to the regional semifinals in 2003 and 2005.
Reed coached at Hermon last winter, leading the Hawks to a 16-5 record and a berth in the Eastern Maine Class B semifinals.