June 21, 2018
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Nokomis, MCI, Mattanawcook, Camden Hills, Old Town fill athletic directors’ posts

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

PITTSFIELD, Maine — This has been a summer of considerable change among the ranks of athletic administrators at several eastern Maine high schools.

The most recent transactions include jobs at Nokomis of Newport, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield, Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln, Camden Hills of Rockport and Old Town.

The MCI and Nokomis posts were related, as Earl Anderson left his job of the last three years as director of athletics and activities at MCI to become athletic administrator at Nokomis and is being replaced at MCI on an interim basis by Dave Campbell, that school’s former postgraduate basketball coach.

Anderson is a familiar face at Nokomis, having coached the Warriors’ girls basketball team for 12 years before stepping down after the 2006-07 season. During that tenure he guided Nokomis to the 2001 Class A state championship as well as Eastern Maine titles in 2001 and 2003.

Anderson became athletic administrator at MCI in 2009 after previously teaching history at the school.

Anderson replaces Jason Tardy, who this spring was named principal of Sebasticook Valley Middle School in Newport.

Campbell guided the MCI postgraduate basketball team for six years until the program was disbanded this spring, leading the team to the 2011 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class AAA championship.

Before coming to MCI, Campbell was the head basketball coach and athletic director at the College of Southern Idaho for three years and the head coach and athletic director at Western Nebraska Community College for 13 years.

“We are very happy and fortunate to have Dave Campbell take on the new role of interim athletic director at MCI,” said the school’s headmaster, Chris Hopkins. “In his time at the school, Dave has demonstrated a commitment to athletic and academic success and a focus on the student-athletic experience.”

Rick Meyers is the new associate principal and athletic director at Mattanawcook, replacing Mike Bisson, now the athletic administrator at Hampden Academy.

Meyers worked for 12 years with the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, Inc., at Lewiston Middle School and Noble Junior High School in North Berwick. He also has considerable coaching experience, including stints as head women’s soccer coach at Central Maine Community College in Auburn and Lewiston High School and head boys soccer coach at Gray-New Gloucester.

Meyers also has coached track and field and basketball, and is a high school soccer and lacrosse official.

“I’m encouraged by the coaches, athletes and parents that I’ve met over the summer,” said Meyers. “I look forward to working hard at a school with such longstanding athletic and academic traditions.”

Steve Alex of Rockport is the new athletic administrator at Camden Hills, replacing Bill Hughes, who stepped down this spring after six years on the job.

Alex is a familiar face within the Camden Hills community, having volunteered extensively in youth athletic programs as well has having coached varsity and junior varsity girls soccer and girls lacrosse at the school.

Alex also has 29 years of military experience.

Brett Hoogterp, who has been serving as the assistant principal at Old Town, has added the role of athletic director to his duties in an effort by that school to consolidate its administrative staff and costs.

Greg Thibodeau, who had served as the Coyotes’ athletic director in recent years, remains a cooperative education teacher at the school as well as its liaison to the United Technologies Center.

Four receive Schmidlin Trophy

Four participants in last Saturday’s Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic football game were honored as recipients of the seventh annual John R. Schmidlin Trophy.

Luke Libby of Thornton Academy of Saco (Class A), Jake Ouellette of Leavitt of Turner Center and Jack Cooleen of Falmouth (Class B), and Tyler Reeve of Winthrop (Class C) were named as winners of the award by Mike Haley, executive secretary of the Maine Football Coaches Association.

The Schmidlin Trophy seeks to recognize outstanding student-athletes from each of the three football classes in the state, while also taking into account citizenship, team play, loyalty and reliability.

Head coaches from high school football coaches around the state are invited to nominate players for the award, then coaches vote for the winners in their respective class by secret ballot.

Other finalists for the award from Class A were Alphonso Belnavis of Edward Little of Auburn, Sam Chaves of Massabesic of Waterboro, Anthony Ciampi of Bonny Eagle of Standish, Christian Deschenes of Cheverus of Portland, Justin Libby of Brunswick, Conor McCann of Scarborough and Jon Schroder of Sanford.

Other Class B finalists were Jacob Campbell of Belfast, Donald Clark of Cape Elizabeth, Jeddy Doyon of Hampden Academy and Dan Rivers of Old Town, while other Class C finalists were Mike Cummings of Bucksport, Cody Dupuy of Oak Hill of Sabattus, Nick Pineo of Washington Academy of East Machias, Jake Rivard of Poland, Mac Seavey of Orono and Josh Studer of Stearns of Millinocket.

Schmidlin, a former University of Maine football player, coached football at Gardiner Area High School from 1950 to 1967, and also served as the school’s athletic director. Schmidlin also was executive secretary of the Maine High School Coaches Association from 1956 to 1982, where he was instrumental in expanding that association. Schmidlin concluded his career as athletic director at the University of Maine at Machias from 1967 to 1976.

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