Dexter Regional High School is looking for a new wrestling coach.
Adam Gudroe, a 1999 graduate of the school who has served as the Tigers’ head coach for the last five years, resigned this week after accepting a job as assistant principal for grades 5-8 and athletic administrator at Ridge View Community School in Dexter.
Gudroe, who previously was an eighth-grade math teacher at Ridge View, replaces Nick Raymond, who recently was named assistant principal/athletic administrator at Hampden Academy.
Gudroe, a three-time individual state champion during his wrestling days at Dexter, replaced his father, Dave, as the school’s K-12 head wrestling coach in 2006.
Gudroe coached the high school team to a 147-38 dual-meet record, as well as the 2010 Penobscot Valley Conference championship and the Eastern Maine Class C runnerup and PVC runnerup slots in 2007, 2008, 2009.
Dexter finished fourth at the 2011 Class C state meet.
“It took a long time for me to decide to even apply for the (new) job,” said Gudroe. “because I knew I would have to give up the coaching part.”
Festival of Champions taking shape
The field is filling fast for one of the state’s premier regular-season cross country meets, the Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions, slated for Oct. 1 at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.
Fifty-one Maine schools and four out-of-state programs already have registered for the event, which is co-hosted by Belfast Area High School and Brewer High School. The field ultimately will include a maximum of 65 instate and four out-of-state schools.
Registration deadline for interested schools is Sept. 8.
Out-of-state schools that already have registered are Burrillville (R.I.) High School, Cumberland (R.I.) High School, Dr. J.H. Gillis High School of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and Harwood Union High School of South Duxbury, Vt.
Defending team champions are the Scarborough boys and Cheverus girls, while the defending individual champions are Matt McClintock of Madison (16 minutes, 6.07 seconds for the 3.1-mile course) and Abbey Leonardi of Kennebunk, who set a girls meet record last year with a winning time of 17:58.35.
Both McClintock and Leonardi are seniors this year, and both of their teams are preregistered for the event.