OLD TOWN, Maine — Nat Clark, a veteran assistant coach at Bangor High School and Husson University, was selected as the new varsity football coach at Old Town High School during a meeting of the RSU 34 board of directors Wednesday night.
Clark replaces Steve Calande, who resigned in April after two seasons with the Coyotes and subsequently took a job as a physical education teacher and head football coach at East Catholic High School in Manchester, Conn.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity,” said the 35-year-old Clark. “Old Town has always been a very proud town in my mind, a very hardworking community, and I’m looking forward to working with the kids.”
Clark, who most recently has taught physical education and served as an assistant coach in football and girls basketball at Bangor High School, will teach physical education as well as coach football at Old Town, according to OTHS principal Scott Gordon.
He was one of approximately 40 candidates for the teaching position.
“We’re just thrilled to have him,” said Gordon. “He brings such a wealth of experience to the program, and it’s great not only to have him coaching but to have him in the classroom, too.”
Clark, a 1995 Bangor High School graduate, went on to play tight end and tackle at the University of Maine before joining the football coaching ranks back at his high school alma mater, first under Gabby Price in 2000 and then under Mark Hackett during the Rams’ 2001 state championship season.
Clark rejoined Price in re-starting the Husson football program beginning in 2002, and remained at the school as both an a coach and assistant athletic director for student wellness through 2008.
He has spent the last three football seasons back at Bangor High School, where last fall he coached the offensive line and linebackers under Hackett. He also has been an assistant girls’ basketball coach with the Rams under head coach Katie Herbine, his sister.
Clark has taught physical education at Bangor High School for the last two years after one year in the same capacity at the William S. Cohen School in Bangor.
Calande guided Old Town to a 6-3 record in the LTC Class C ranks in 2010, the program’s first winning season since 1997. The Coyotes went 2-6 last year after moving back up to the Pine Tree Conference Class B ranks.
“The program is on a very solid foundation, and I’m looking forward to hopefully taking it to the next level,” said Clark, who plans to meet with his players in the next few days to begin instituting the team’s summer program.