PORTLAND, Maine — Cheverus High School has moved quickly to replace recently retired boys varsity basketball coach Bob Brown, promoting assistant coach Dan Costigan to the position Tuesday.
“Dan understands the value of participating in high school athletics as well as how to prepare student-athletes for college,” said Cheverus athletic administrator Gary Hoyt in a press release. “I am sure the transition will be very natural and seamless, and that Dan will carry on the wonderful tradition of Cheverus basketball and bring to it his own personal touches.”
Costigan, a 1982 Cheverus graduate, has taught English at the school since 2004 and served as an assistant basketball coach under Brown since then.
“I think they chose the best person they could possibly choose,” said Brown, who announced his retirement last Friday after guiding Cheverus for the last 11 years at the end of a 42-year run as a high school and college head coach that produced more than 600 victories.
“Danny does things the right way. He is a man of outstanding character as well as being extremely knowledgeable in the game of basketball. He will be far more interested in the kids and how they do things than any scoreboard. He will inspire them and bring a new and fresh perspective to Cheverus basketball. It will be exciting for all who continue to be a part of the program.”
Brown and Costigan worked closely together to re-establish the Cheverus boys basketball team as one of the top programs in the state, combining to lead the Stags to Class A state championships in 2008 and 2010.
“I have had an incredible experience working with coach Brown, he’s the best,” said Costigan, himself an inductee into Cheverus’ Hall of Fame in 2006. “He has been a mentor, a boss, but most importantly, a great friend. Following a legend is never easy. All I can do is be myself and work as hard as I can.”
Cheverus finished the 2012 regular season with a 13-5 record and advanced to the Western Maine Class A semifinals before being ousted by top-ranked Deering of Portland, the eventual state champion.
Costigan starred in football, basketball and outdoor track while a student at Cheverus, and he was a star guard on the Stags’ 1981 and 1982 Class A state championship basketball teams. He was named to the Bangor Daily News All-Maine first team after his senior season in 1982.
Costigan went on to compete in basketball, football and track at the University of Maine on a full scholarship, graduating in 1985.
He began his coaching career at Scarborough High School, where he was the boys varsity basketball coach from 1988 to 1992, and led the school’s 1986 and 1988 track teams to state championships.
Costigan joined the University of Southern Maine men’s basketball coaching staff in 1993, and from 1997 to 2003 he served as the Huskies’ head coach — earning recognition as Little East coach of the year in 2001 — before heading back to his high school alma mater in 2004.
“Cheverus has always been a special place for me and my family,” said Costigan, a lifelong resident of South Portland. “Returning to teach and coach at Cheverus eight years ago seemed so natural and this [taking the head basketball coaching post] feels the same.”
Marston leaves Skowhegan grid post
Mike Marston has ended his eight-year run as the head football coach at Skowhegan Area High School, citing health problems.
Marston compiled a 40-37 record during his years with the Indians, including a 5-4 mark last fall as Skowhegan just missed out on an Eastern Maine Class A Pine Tree Conference playoff berth.
Skowhegan won the 2008 PTC championship and made two other trips to the conference final during his tenure.
Marston has spent more than three decades in coaching overall, beginning with a decade at Messalonskee of Oakland where he served as both an assistant and head coach. He then went on to Colby College in Waterville as an assistant coach for five years before returning to the high school ranks as an assistant at both Skowhegan and Messalonskee before taking the Skowhegan head coaching post in 2004.
Marston has been a fixture on the East sidelines at the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic all-star game held each summer at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford, and is scheduled to be on the coaching staff for that contest again this July.
Soehren named Oxford Hills football coach
Mark Soehren, a former head football coach at Poland Regional High School and last fall an assistant coach at Oxford Hills of South Paris, has been named the third Oxford Hills head coach in as many years.
Soehren replaces Paul Withee, who resigned in February after one season on the job after acknowledging posting a nude photo of himself on Facebook. Nate Danforth, like Soehren an assistant coach for the Vikings last fall, preceded Withee as the team’s head coach.
Soehren was the head coach for three years at Poland, where his teams went 4-23 in Western Maine Class B between 2008 and 2010. Since then, Poland has been reclassified by enrollment to Western C.
Oxford Hills, which competes in the Eastern Maine Class A Pine Tree Conference, went 1-8 last fall. That marked the third straight one-win season for the Vikings, who have not made a playoff appearance since 2005.