While the 2009-2010 school year is still a couple months away, Cheverus and Waynflete both announced the hiring of new coaches last week.
In the fall, the Flyers will present Todd Dominski as their new girls’ soccer coach. Dominski, who replaces Jon Shardlow, has served as a club coach for the Maine Metro premier program the past four years and was also an assistant coach at Deering High from 2003 through 2005. Dominski was a player at the University of Southern Maine from 1998 to 2000 and was a two-time scholar-athlete for the Huskies. Dominski, who manages commercial properties for East Brown Cow Management in Portland, lives in Windham with his wife and two children.
“I am very pleased that Todd will be our girls soccer coach,” said Waynflete athletic director Ross Burdick. “He has
the experience, knowledge and personality to hit the ground running and
guide our program in a great direction. Todd has the expertise to prepare
the girls to play at a high level of soccer. He also values the importance
of academics and family, and will help the players find balance in
all aspects of heir lives. I look forward to working with Todd and hope
that he will be a member of our staff for many years.”
Dominski is inheriting a Class C state champion. The Flyers were 14-3 last fall and will be highly touted again when the 2009 season commences.
Next winter, the Stags will welcome Daniel Lucas as their new boys’ ice hockey coach. Lucas becomes the fifth coach in program history and replaces Jack Lowry, who led Cheverus to its first and second Class A state championships in 2005 and 2006. Lucas, who grew up in British Columbia, Canada, played for a provincial championship Junior team, attended the University of British Columbia, played with Wayne Gretzsky in his final year of juniors, then briefly played with National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, before finishing his playing career with the Maine Mariners in 1983.
“I am so excited about this appointment,” said Cheverus athletic director Gary Hoyt. “Dan is one of the best-kept hockey secrets in Maine. His coaching will be influenced not only by his playing experience, but also from the many players and coaches he still regularly communicates with. He connections to the ice hockey world go well beyond high school and are vast. He’ll provide our players with a valuable perspective on their playing futures. Dan is known as a good teacher and one of the fundamentally soundest ice hockey players of his era. We’re so excited to have Dan because of his educational philosophy shows he values education as a requisite for a successful career in or out of hockey.”
“Lucas has extensive experience teaching at hockey schools. He owns Lucas Real Estate in Portland and lives with his wife and children in Cumberland Foreside.
Lucas has his work cut out. The Stags went just 3-14-1 last winter and were 3-16-1 in 2007-08. Cheverus hasn’t won a playoff game since defeating Lewiston to win the 2006 Class A crown.
“Like they do in all of their curriculum, Cheverus has high
expectations, as do I,” Lucas said. “I want to create an atmosphere of
high effort and a sense of urgency when players step on the ice and
build a solid team atmosphere. At the high school level, you need to
get everyone on the same page.”