HAMPDEN, Maine — Mike Bisson, a veteran educator with longstanding roots in high school sports, has been named the athletic director at Hampden Academy.
Bisson, who begins his new job on July 1, will replace Nick Raymond, who this spring was named the school’s assistant principal.
“It’s an exciting opportunity,” said Bisson. “It’s a place I’ve always held in high esteem. I’ve had friends and relatives who taught there for a number of years and they’ve always said good things about the culture there.
“It’s got a great academic and athletic reputation, and I’m looking forward to being part of that.”
Bisson served as associate principal and athletic director at Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln this school year after spending the previous six years as an elementary school principal in SAD 67, which serves the Lincoln area.
Bisson also is a former head football coach at Mattanawcook Academy as well as an assistant coach at both MA and Stearns High School of Millinocket.
He is completing a six-year stint as chairman of the Maine Principals’ Association’s football committee this spring.
“I’ve really enjoyed the AD piece,” said Bisson. “When I first started teaching in Jackman, I had a stipend position as athletic director, and since then I’ve always been involved in athletics. I’ve been able to work under [former Stearns AD] Don Dow and [former MA football coach and athletic director] Dale Curry, so I’ve had some good mentors.”
Bisson said he recognized that if he wanted to work as an athletic director as his primary occupation, that opportunity likely would come at a larger school such as Hampden Academy, which competes in Class A in most sports.
Bisson also is looking forward to joining the Hampden Academy staff just as the school moves into a newly built complex scheduled to open to students this fall.
The new high school will include a new track, gymnasium and tennis courts to go with the existing Bordick Park for baseball and the adjacent artificial-turf field that is home to the Broncos’ football, soccer, field hockey and softball programs.
“It’s exciting to be going into a brand-new school,” said Bisson. “They’ve got top-notch facilities that are going to be second to none in Maine.”
Friedman to take Skowhegan football reins
Matt Friedman, head football coach at Madison-Carrabec for the last three years, will be the varsity football coach at Skowhegan Area High School this fall.
Friedman replaces Mike Marston, who retired from a 30-year coaching career earlier this year — with the last eight years spent as the Indians’ head coach.
Skowhegan went 40-37 overall during Marston’s tenure, winning the Pine Tree Conference Class A championship in 2008 and making three appearances in the PTC title game. The Indians finished 5-4 last year, just missing out on a postseason berth.
Friedman, a former standout athlete at Jay High School, is expected to replace the double-wing offense used by Skowhegan under Marston with a spread offense he employed at Madison-Carrabec, which last year competed in the PTC Class B ranks.