ROCKPORT, Maine — Camden Hills Regional High School is turning to a veteran hand to begin the resurrection of its football program.
Archie Stalcup, a former NCAA Division I head coach who retired with his wife to South Thomaston a decade ago, has been named to coach the Windjammers’ junior varsity team this fall.
School administrators canceled Camden Hills’ Class D North varsity season after three games last fall for safety reasons, as an accumulation of injuries left the Windjammers’ roster depleted and lacking experience.
A community forum was held in the aftermath of that decision to discuss the future of football at the school, and an ad hoc committee established to address the issue proposed moving forward with fielding a subvarsity team for the 2016 season for a minimum of approximately 25 players.
Stalcup, who served as an assistant coach at Camden Hills for two seasons after seven years at Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston upon his move to Maine, brings five decades of coaching experience to the post.
He was a longtime high school coach in New Jersey before shifting to the college ranks at his alma mater, Division III Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, as the Profs’ defensive coordinator. He subsequently moved on to Division I LaSalle University in Philadelphia, first as an assistant and later as head coach of the Explorers for two seasons before resigning in 2004.
Camden Hills athletic administrator Steve Alex is developing a 2016 schedule for the school’s JV football team that includes six regular-season games against subvarsity opponents.
The Windjammers will host a preseason scrimmage against Medomak Valley of Waldoboro on Aug. 22 and an exhibition contest against Telstar of Bethel on Aug. 27.
Those contests will be followed by the following regular-season JV games: Sept. 3 vs. Deering of Portland, Sept. 9, 7 p.m., at Medomak Valley, Sept. 19 at Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield, Oct. 1 at Telstar, an Oct. 7 homecoming game at 7 p.m. against a Presque Isle-area club team, and a tentative Oct. 17 game against Oceanside.
Camden Hills played its first season of varsity football in 2009 and qualified for the playoffs in 2010, but had a 2-25 record from the start of the 2012 season to its 0-3 start in 2015.
In the Maine Principals’ Association four-class varsity football format, Camden Hills is a Class B school by enrollment but had received approval to play down in Class D (and forfeit postseason eligibility) last fall in an attempt to salvage its program.