SKOWHEGAN, Maine — The turnover rate among Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A northern division basketball coaches is unusually heavy this spring.
Vacancies include the boys and girls varsity posts at Cony of Augusta, the girls varsity job at Hampden Academy, the boys varsity seat at Lawrence of Fairfield and more recently both the boys and girls varsity positions at Skowhegan Area High School.
Both boys varsity coach Dave Simpson and girls varsity coach Heath Cowan stepped down from those jobs after the 2012-13 season, according to Skowhegan athletic administrator Don Finley.
Finley said the boys head coaching vacancy is likely to be filled when the school board meets April 25, with eight candidates having applied for that job.
School officials have just started taking applications for the girls varsity position, which Finley also hopes to fill this spring.
Simpson, a longtime assistant coach at Mt. Blue of Farmington before taking the Skowhegan job three years ago, fielded some of the youngest teams in the KVAC during his tenure. Last year’s squad, which finished with a 2-16 record, had four sophomores and two freshmen on its 11-player roster.
Cowan coached the Skowhegan girls for the last nine years, compiling a 132-51 overall record with an Eastern Maine championship in 2010 and additional trips to the regional final in 2005, 2006 and 2009.
Last year’s Skowhegan team was Cowan’s only squad that didn’t win at least 10 regular-season games, finishing 9-9 before falling to eventual Eastern Maine champion Bangor 61-48 in the Eastern A quarterfinals.