Jamie Flagg, who led Belfast High School to two Class B state field hockey titles and was the captain of the 2009 University of Maine field hockey team, has been named the head coach of the Old Town High School field hockey team.
The Swanville native is replacing Sarah Estes, who left to take a similar position at Brewer High School, which is her alma mater.
The Coyotes went 23-7-2 in Estes’ two seasons after having gone 7-23-3 in the three previous seasons.
The 25-year-old Flagg was an assistant field hockey coach at Husson University in Bangor this past season.
“I’m super excited about it,” said Flagg, who also served as the junior varsity coach at John Bapst High School in Bangor after graduating from Maine in 2010. “I’ve settled in Old Town. This is a real luck of the draw for me. I’m lucky the position opened up at this time.”
“She brings a lot of things to our program,” said Old Town athletic director Brett Hoogterp. “She brings some experience as well as the same coaching style that enabled the program to experience success the past two years. She will be a nice fit to replace Sarah and [assistant] Skip Estes.”
Hoogterp explained that her coaching style is one of being a “teacher first. She is very positive, and she sees the whole picture when it comes to the importance of athletics and developing the students as a whole.”
There were several applicants for the job, and Flagg was approved by the Old Town school board on Wednesday night.
“I’m going to preach a good attitude, good sportsmanship and the overall development of the players as individuals as well as technique-wise,” said Flagg. “I will build them as people, not just athletes. I’m going to be very positive, and we will work real hard.”
Old Town will graduate 10 seniors off last year’s 14-2-1 team that reached the Eastern Maine Class B title game, where it lost to eventual state champ Nokomis of Newport 1-0. Fourteen players will be eligible to return.
“We should be strong again. I’m looking forward to working with the talent that is already there and developing some new talent,” said Flagg. “And I intend to build off the team’s strengths.”
Flagg works with autistic children and children with other disabilities for MAS Home Care of Maine.