NEWPORT, Maine — Few people were more excited about the pending shift of the Nokomis of Newport boys basketball program from Class A to Class B than Warriors’ head coach Bill Brooks.
But after a vote of the Regional School Unit 19 board of directors Tuesday night, Brooks apparently won’t get the chance to participate in that transition.
Members of the 19-member board voted not to renew Brooks’ coaching contract for the 2009-10 season, the only coach not approved among a slate of nominees for fall and winter sports presented to the board by Nokomis athletic administrator Jason Tardy.
Brooks, a teacher in the district who lives with his family in Corinna, said Friday afternoon that he was still evaluating his coaching situation.
“I feel very confident that things will work out in the end,” he said, “but the important thing is that whatever happens should be in the best interests of the kids.”
Brooks, a 1988 graduate of Nokomis, took over the program at his alma mater two years ago, but the Warriors subsequently endured back-to-back 0-18 seasons as the smallest Class A school in Eastern Maine with approximately 745 students.
That represented a continuation of recent struggles for Nokomis, which has gone 16-92 over the last six seasons and not qualified for postseason play since 2003.
But optimism had grown since the end of this season with the news that based on its enrollment of 716 as of April 1, 2008 — just under the Class A cutoff of 725 — Nokomis would be reclassified to Eastern Maine Class B for at least the next two-year cycle, marking the first time the Warriors had not competed in Class A since the 1976 season.
The Warriors also are expected to return a promising nucleus of young players to the varsity roster next season.
Before taking the Nokomis varsity post, Brooks coached the Warriors’ freshman boys team for three years. He also was the boys varsity coach for five years at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield along with stints as an assistant and subvarsity coach at Skowhegan and Winslow.
Deprey leaves Limestone post
Ryan Deprey has resigned after seven years as the boys varsity basketball coach at Limestone/Maine School of Science and Mathematics.
Deprey, who lives in Caribou and teaches at Caribou Middle School, has accepted a position as the girls junior varsity basketball coach at Caribou High School, where he also serves as the Vikings’ varsity softball coach, according to Limestone-MSSM assistant principal Larry Worcester.
Deprey led the Limestone-MSSM boys basketball team to three postseason appearances, including a berth in the Eastern D quarterfinals at the Bangor Auditorium in 2007 when the Eagles were seeded fifth and finished with a 14-5 record.
“He was great with the kids and we will really miss him,” said Worcester.