Portland High School has hired Jim Hartman to replace longtime football coach Mike Bailey, who spent 26 years leading the Bulldogs. Hartman helped nurture the nascent Yarmouth program and leaves the Clippers after guiding them to 24 straight victories and the past two Class C state championships.
“As a rule, you never replace a great coach, but I’m looking forward to it,” said Hartman. “I’m energized. It’s a challenge. I haven’t seen the kids play, but they’re great athletes. It was a very hard decision, but in the end, the major thing was coming home to coach in my hometown and see more of my wife and grandkids.”
Additionally, Kelly Libby is the new PHS softball coach, replacing Dee Allen. Libby coached Sacopee Valley for four years and also spent time at the University of Southern Maine and with the Southern Maine Flame AAU team. Kait Johnson will be the new girls’ lacrosse coach. She replaces Eric Wales. Johnson played at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Vermont and has served as an assistant coach at the University of New England.
The Maine Baseball Hall of Fame is requesting nominations for the 2012 induction class. FMI, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SailMaine is seeking an assistant coach for the Cheverus sailing team, a junior program 420/Optimist instructor, a junior program assistant director and an adult program instructor. FMI, email@example.com.
Thirty-six Portland Porpoises traveled to Massachusetts to participate in the North Shore Swim Club Blizzard Classic meet Jan. 27-29. There were many fantastic swims, many best times, state meet qualifiers, as well as many new USA NAG time achievers. Next is the Maine state championship meet at the University of Maine at Orono, March 16-18.