An offseason of change within the Presque Isle High School athletic program continues with the hiring of Joseph Greaves as the Wildcats’ new boys varsity soccer coach.
Greaves, a 2001 PIHS graduate, replaces Scott Young, who coached the team for the last decade but has moved into the private sector, according to Mark White, who himself replaced the recently retired Dave Heald as the school’s athletic administrator.
Also new to PIHS coaching staff this fall will be boys varsity basketball coach Terry Cummings, the former University of Maine at Presque Isle head coach recently hired to replace Tim Prescott, who retired after 26 seasons with the Wildcats.
Greaves, a former starting sweeper for the Presque Isle boys soccer team, is looking forward to the challenge of coaching on the varsity level at his alma mater.
“It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “I played three for three years at Presque Isle, and when I got out of school I went into education and I kind of had the hope I could get back to Presque Isle.”
Greaves coached in the Old Town school system while a student at the University of Maine, and also coached at the middle school level in Presque Isle before taking charge of the high school girls’ junior varsity team last fall.
The Presque Isle boys varsity consistently has ranked among the top teams in Eastern Class B during recent years, including a 13-2-1 record last fall that advanced the Wildcats to the regional semifinals.
“Scott had a great program here,” said Greaves, also a science teacher at the school. “So there’s no need to change a lot of things he did. The team got to the semifinals last year before they lost a close game to Camden Hills (1-0), and we’ve got a good corps of players coming back with that playoff experience so hopefully we can keep the ball rolling.”
Greaves, who was hired to the post last Friday, has a little more than a month to prepare for preseason practices, with tryouts set to begin at Presque Isle on Aug. 1.
Greaves lives in Mapleton with wife Kristi. They have one child and another on the way this December.
Bogdanovich new Miss Softball
Alexis Bogdanovich, a pitcher and outfielder from South Portland High School, has been named the state’s 2011 Miss Maine Softball.
Bogdanovich was selected from a field of four finalists that also included Kayla Merrill of Telstar of Bethel, Miranda Riendeau-Card of Mount Ararat of Topsham, and Jess Poulin of Lawrence of Fairfield.
Bodganovich compiled a 12-1 record this spring in pitching South Portland to the Western Class A championship game. She had 139 strikeouts in 88 innings pitched.
Bogdanovich compiled a four-year pitching record of 41-6, and led the Red Riots to the 2010 Class A state championship.
Previously named the 2011 Maine Gatorade Player of the Year, Bogdanovich will play softball on scholarship next year at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.