Taylor relinquishes Bangor hockey job

Posted March 08, 2010, at 10:10 p.m.

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.

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