Ted Taylor, who led the Bangor High School hockey team to a berth in the Eastern Maine Class A championship game in 2006-2007 and three semifinal appearances in his five years, has resigned to pursue other interests.
The 50-year-old Taylor led the Rams to a 64-39-2 record after assisting current University of Maine assistant Dan Kerluke for three seasons.
“I think it’s a good time to step aside and let someone else give it a shot. I’d love to see someone else come in and get us a little deeper into the playoffs,” said Taylor, who is a science teacher at Bangor High.
“I’ve had a lot of fun coaching. But I’ve got other things I want to start doing. I’d like to get a national [teaching] certification and visit my son [Cam] more,” said Taylor, whose son attends Methodist University in North Carolina.
He called Kerluke a “great hockey tutor” and said he thoroughly enjoyed working with longtime assistant Dave McMahon. He also said he liked working for athletic director Steve Vanidestine and principal Norris Nickerson.
“And I loved working with the kids. That’s what I’ll miss the most. But I’ll see them at school,” added Taylor.
Vanidestine said he was very happy with Taylor’s performance.
“He did a real good job,” said Vanidestine. “He was a student of the game. I was really impressed with the way Ted balanced academics and athletics.”
Vanidestine said the team’s grade point average was 3.1 and the JVs had a 2.95 GPA.
He is hoping to name a coach by the middle of April and is looking for someone with a strong hockey background who will be a good role model and will balance academics and athletics.