HERMON — Adam Leach, who coached the Bangor High School boys soccer team to its first Class A state championship, will return to the sidelines this fall as the girls varsity soccer coach at Hermon High School.
Leach replaces Stori Shaw, who coached the Hawks last fall before recently accepting a teaching and coaching job at her alma mater, Central Aroostook High School in Mars Hill.
Leach is one of several recent coaching hirings at Hermon, according to Paul Soucy, the school’s athletic administrator.
Phil Robinson, most recently the girls varsity basketball coach at Bangor Christian, has been named to the same position at Hermon, while Dan Petersen is the school’s new boys and girls cross country coach.
In addition, Megan McCrum will be back as the Hawks’ girls junior varsity basketball coach after previously holding that position during the 2009-10 season.
Leach, a Hermon resident and history teacher at Bangor High School, took over the Bangor boys varsity soccer team in 1999 and compiled a 105-21-11 regular-season record over nine seasons. That tenure reached its peak in 2006 when the Rams defeated Scarborough 1-0 in double overtime to win the school’s first state championship in the sport.
Leach subsequently was named the Maine Soccer Coaches Association Large School Coach of the Year, as well as the Region 1 (New England) Large School Coach of the Year as selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Leach stepped down from that post after the 2007 season, but returned to the sidelines in 2009 on an interim basis with the Hermon girls varsity soccer team.
The Ashland native also served as Hermon’s varsity softball coach in 2007 and 2008.
“Adam Leach brings a wealth of coaching experience and soccer knowledge to the Hermon girls soccer program,” said Soucy. “He is well respected in soccer circles and we are very fortunate to have a coach of his caliber to coach varsity girls soccer here in Hermon.”
Robinson, also a Hermon resident as well as a local businessman, coached basketball at Bangor Christian at the middle school, junior varsity and varsity level over the last five years, with his varsity teams twice winning Maine Principals’ Association sportsmanship awards.
Last winter Bangor Christian finished with a 13-7 record and advanced to the Eastern Maine Class D quarterfinals before falling to Washburn, the eventual state champion in that division.
“Phil Robinson has experience, knowledge and a love for the game of basketball,” said Soucy. “He enjoys teaching the skills and strategies of the game while promoting appropriate competition and the benefits of athletics.”
Robinson replaces Margie Deabay, who resigned this spring after nine years as Hermon’s girls varsity basketball coach.
Petersen takes over the Hermon varsity cross country program from Riley Donovan, who stepped down to take a teaching job at Central High School of Corinth.
Petersen, also the wrestling coach at Hermon, as been a volunteer assistant track school at the middle school level, and he has started a Hawks Track & Field Club for middle school-aged youngsters.
McCrum also is an assistant softball and junior varsity girls soccer coach at Hermon, as well as a math teacher at the school.