In 2000, Hermon High School graduate Rick Sinclair received his first coaching job, guiding the boys basketball program at his alma mater.
Now, 17 years later, Sinclair is returning home, this time to serve the school in an administrative capacity.
Sinclair, who has been the athletic administrator and boys basketball coach at John Bapst High School in Bangor the last nine years, has been named the athletic administrator at Hermon.
Sinclair’s hiring was approved on Monday evening by the Hermon school board, according to Hermon athletic administrator Steph Bieberstein, who is being promoted to assistant principal.
Sinclair, who played basketball at Hermon, was the athletic director and boys basketball coach at Lincoln’s Mattanawcook Academy prior to taking both of those jobs at John Bapst.
“I’ve got a nice opportunity and it’s tough to pass up good opportunities when they come up,” said Sinclair.
Sinclair was nothing but thankful about the time he spent overseeing athletics at John Bapst.
“The administration, Mr. [Mel] MacKay, the head of school, he’s one of the best I’ve ever worked for,” Sinclair said. “I’ve really learned a lot from him in my time.”
Sinclair is looking forward to the chance to be back in Hermon.
“It’s just a chance to go home, it’s a chance to do the same job somewhere else, and it’s an opportunity I’m looking forward to,” Sinclair said. “Whoever gets [the John Bapst] job is going to be working at a really great school with really great kids.”
Sinclair also praised what Hermon’s athletic programs have done under Biberstein’s watch, including winning a Class B state championship in softball in 2014.
“Stephanie has been a really good fit,” he said. “We’ve talked and she’s excited about her new opportunity and she’s excited I’m going to be coming over. We’ll work together and keep things in the right direction.”
The biggest change for Sinclair is that he won’t be coaching basketball. Mark Reed is Hermon’s boys basketball coach.
“The most difficult part of the decision is the idea that I won’t be coaching,” Sinclair said. “You have to do what you think is best for you and your family. I look forward to working with the administration there. Hopefully they’re excited to have me.”
Sinclair said he has yet to sign a contract but he hopes to start his new job as soon as possible this summer.