After completing a four-year tenure as girls varsity basketball coach at Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln last summer, Brian McDormand was a coach without a team.
But it was a short-lived experience, as McDormand was approved Wednesday night by the Regional School Unit 24 board of directors as the new boys varsity basketball coach at Old Town High School.
McDormand replaces Marty Clark, who retired this summer after coaching the Coyotes for 22 of the last 23 years. Clark led Old Town to a 209-208 record and 11 postseason appearances during his tenure, including last winter when the Coyotes went 12-6 and reached the Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinals.
“I know I have big shoes to fill,” said McDormand.
McDormand, who lives in Lowell, compiled a 59-22 record at Mattanawcook, leading the Lynx to four straight tournaments, including a berth in the Eastern Maine Class B final in 2008 before falling to eventual state champion Waterville. MA was ousted by Waterville in each of McDormand’s first three years with that program, and Waterville went on to win the state title each time.
MA went 11-7 last winter before being defeated by Hermon in the Eastern B preliminary round.
McDormand was named the Big East Conference coach of the year in 2008.
“I wasn’t really prepared to step down this year but with some things I wasn’t happy about with the program I stepped down at MA,” said McDormand. “I thought I’d be home this winter, I really did, but I saw that this (Old Town) job was open and wanted to throw my hat in the ring. I’m a basketball guy, it’s full time for me, it’s what I do.”
McDormand met with his new team Tuesday afternoon.
“I don’t really know what I have here right now,” he said. “I’m coming in kind of blind and I wish I could have had spent some time with them during the summer, but I know they have some good athletes here so I think we’ll compete. I’m just looking forward to getting out on the court and teaching.”
McDormand, who played at Colby College in Waterville before graduating from the Mayflower Hill campus in 1977, returned to Maine in 2005 as head coach of the first postgraduate basketball team at Lee Academy after he retired from a 25-year career with Hansen Engineering and Machinery Inc. of Danvers, Mass. a subsidiary of General Electric.
While working in Massachusetts he coached at both the high school and AAU levels, and in 2004 was named was named the Boston Globe Division 3 coach of the year after leading the Lynnfield High girls basketball team to a 20-5 record and a berth in the state championship game. McDormand compiled a 70-19 record in four years at Lynnfield, and was named Cape Ann League coach of the year in 2003.
Bangor seeks KVAC titles
The Bangor boys and girls soccer teams will play Saturday for their respective Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championships during a doubleheader at Lawrence High School in Fairfield.
The top-ranked Bangor boys squad, which just completed its fourth consecutive undefeated regular season with a 13-0-1 record, will face No. 2 Lewiston (12-2-0) at 11 a.m., followed at 1 p.m. by the girls match between No. 1 Brunswick (14-0) and No. 2 Bangor (12-0-2).
The Bangor teams will move on to Eastern Maine quarterfinals next week, the girls’ team hosting No. 7 Mt. Blue of Farmington (7-4-3) Tuesday and the boys’ squad playing No. 8 Erskine Academy of South China (8-5-3) at home Wednesday in a 6 p.m. start. The Bangor girls recorded a win and a tie against Mt. Blue during the regular season, while the Bangor and Erskine boys did not meet.