After initially announcing he would not return for a third season, Danny White will be back on the sidelines this fall as the head football coach at Foxcroft Academy.
White, who had stepped down from the coaching post because of time conflicts with his previous job, this week was named the academy’s chief financial officer and in addition to that job will retain his football coaching duties.
“It’s a position the trustees have wanted to add,” said Foxcroft athletic administrator Tim Smith of the CFO position. “It’s unrelated (to the football position), but it’s a lucky stroke for athletics.”
White, a 2003 Foxcroft graduate, took over as the Ponies’ football coach on an interim basis two years ago from Paul Withee, who wasn’t rehired after 19 seasons.
White guided the Ponies to an 11-1 record and the Eastern Maine Class C championship in 2009 and a 5-5 record and another LTC postseason berth last season before leaving to focus on his job with a local credit union.
“The big thing in having Danny back is consistency for the program,” said Smith. “We really did not want to have to make another change. We were stable for 19 years, and now we were in a position of possibly having a couple of changes in a three-year period.”
Smith hadn’t begun the process of advertising for White’s replacement, but was close to doing so.
“I guess I was holding out hope that Danny would stew over it over the winter and might come back,” said Smith. “He’s excited about this. He just has a passion for the school.”
PCHS, Hermon sportsmanship winners
Piscataquis of Guilford and Hermon were among six schools to be presented with Maine Principals’ Association sportsmanship banners after the state wrestling championships held at the Augusta Civic Center Saturday.
PCHS was the recipient for Eastern Maine Class C, while Hermon was honored in Eastern B and Windham was selected in Eastern A.
Western Maine winners were Marshwood of South Berwick (Class A), Gardiner (Class B) and Dirigo of Dixfield (Class C).
PCHS had five wrestlers at the state meet, led by fourth-place finishers Jerry Prabhakaram (112 pounds) and Terrance Thomas (171). Samual Thomas (119), Skyler Bailey (152) and Jay Folsom (160) also competed for coach Tom Cyr’s Pirates.
Hermon also had five wrestlers at the states, including Ryan Botting, the second-place finisher at 140 pounds. Nick Bishop added a third at 171, while Cody Smith (103), Alex Petersen (112) and Alex Urquhart (215) also competed for the Hawks.
All-star wrestling meet Saturday
The annual Maine Amateur Wrestling Alliance All-Star Wrestling Invitational will be held Saturday at Windham High School.
The top four finishers in each weight class in Classes A, B and C at last weekend’s state champions are automatic qualifiers for the event. Entry fee is $15 per wrestler, and more information is available by contacting Terry Devereaux at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 621-1978 or 333-8511.
Awards will be presented to the top four finishers in each weight class and to the top two teams. Two outstanding wrestler awards also will be presented, one for the lower weight classes (through 140 pounds) and one for the upper weight classes (145-285).
The meet starts at 9:30 a.m. on three mats, with spectator admission $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. All proceeds from the event go to the MAWA scholarship fund.