BREWER, Maine — David Utterback of Brewer was approved by the Brewer School Committee Monday night as the new Brewer High School athletic director.
“This is what I’ve always wanted to do,” said Utterback, who was selected from a field of more than 30 applicants. He graduated from Husson University in Bangor in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in order to begin coaching and teaching and start down the path to athletic administration.
He continued his education at Husson, earning a master’s degree in business management with a concentration in athletic administration in 2005.
“This was the goal I had in mind,” he said.
Utterback replaces Dennis Kiah, who recently announced his retirement after serving at Brewer High for the past 19 years. Kiah, 64, has worked in education as a teacher, coach and AD for a total of 41 years.
Utterback also has taught physical education at Old Town High School since 2004 and has been the varsity baseball coach at Old Town since 2005.
He coached the Bangor District 3 all-star team that hosted the first Senior League World Series in Bangor. Since 2000, he has been head of the grounds crew at Mansfield Stadium, site of the SLWS for the past 10 years.
While at Old Town, Utterback also has coordinated the intramural program and served on the principal’s faculty leadership team.
Utterback was interviewed twice, once with the hiring committee and once with the school committee.
“I had a lot of nervous anxiety” before the second interview, he said.
“I hadn’t had any other formal interviews [since getting the Old Town posts],” he added.
Utterback will begin his new duties July 1.
“I have some ideas for some programs I want to put in place over the next couple of years,” said Utterback.
He also plans to use his coaching experience to help guide him in his duties as AD.
“I want to treat people the right way. I want to be there for the athletes and coaches,” he said.
He will be giving up the Old Town baseball post at the end of the season.
“It’s bittersweet, because coaching is something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said. “But this opportunity came up.”
Superintendent of Schools Daniel Lee said in a press release, “Mr. Utterback is an excellent fit for Brewer High School at this point in time. He possesses all the qualities necessary to be an excellent athletic director.”
Amanda Bost, chairman of the Brewer School Committee, said, “David impressed us with his strong credentials and communication skills. We are confident he will bring great ideas and enthusiasm to the extracurricular athletic programs of the Brewer Community School and Brewer High School.”