Jeremy Bousquet (left) is picture with Jarod Webb (right), the 2016 Principal’s Award recipient for Penquis Valley High School. Credit: Courtesy of Penquis Valley High School

Old Town High School is in search of a new boys varsity basketball coach after Tim Thornton’s recent decision to step down after two years of guiding the Coyotes.

Thornton cited personal reasons for his decision, Old Town assistant principal and athletic director Jeremy Bousquet said.

“[Old Town High School] is sad to see Tim Thornton step down from [the] varsity boys basketball coaching position,” Bousquet said. “He has stated that he has made this decision because of personal reasons and we respect that choice he has made.

“We hope the future coach will put the time and effort Tim has put in on and off the court and continue to build a community-based basketball program for [Old Town High School].”

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Thornton, a social studies teacher at Brewer High School, was unable to guide the Coyotes to a Class B North tournament berth during his tenure with the team. Old Town finished 4-14 in both 2018 and 2019.

Old Town made its most recent tournament appearance in 2016 when the Coyotes reached the Class B North semifinals under former coach Brian McDormand.

Thornton came to Old Town after a lengthy stint as a junior varsity and assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Brewer High School under head coaches Mark Reed, Clayton Blood and Ben Goodwin.

He also was a former girls varsity basketball coach at Hermon High School, where he led the Hawks to the 1989 Class B state championship.

Bousquet said there is no successor to Thornton at this time and the school is accepting applications for the position. He hopes to fill the vacancy before the end of the summer.

Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...