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Dirigo rounds out football staff
DIXFIELD -- For David Crutchfield, the greater amount of preparation will hopefully translate in to success on the football field this fall. That’s been Crutchfield’s objective since having been named the coach at Dirigo High School.
This will be Crutchfield’s initial venture as a varsity head coach. However, he is certainly well prepared after have having served as assistant coach the past four years. The familiarity with the program will hopefully help make for a smooth transition. A major objective was getting a staff in place this spring and Crutchfield believes the assistants will help strengthen the Cougars' program.
Pat Mooney, returning for his second year, will be the defensive coordinator. He will also work with the receivers and linebackers, Scott Holmes is returning to coaching this year after some years off from the middle school program. He’ll have the special teams and work with the offensive and defensive lines.
“With Doug retiring from coaching football,” said Crutchfield, referring to Doug Gilbert who stepped down following five years at the helm. “He was our line guru, we needed some help with the line. We had more applicants then I had expected and would have loved to have any of them. Scott was the best fit for us. He has great passion and strives to do the best. We look forward to the upcoming season.”
Rounding out the staff is Lou Brann, who will be returning with eight years with the team. He’ll be helping with the offensive and defensive line.
“The kids are excited, and hopefully preparing,” said Crutchfield. “We’ll have a mini camp at the end of the school year. The team will participate in the 7-on-7 tournaments at Leavitt this summer. Some kids will be attending football camps this summer.”
The fall schedule changes as Livermore and Jay combined and moved to Class B. Dirigo picks up Winslow and Poland, former Class B teams, and Telstar (new to Class C) will take Madison/Carrabec.
“We’ll miss the Jay and Livermore games,” said Crutchfield. "They were always exciting; a lot of the kids knew each other and loved those games. There’s a lot of memories.”
Winslow had a down year, but they have a lot of tradition. Poland has improved and Telstar have been playing together since middle school. Winthrop may even combine with Monmouth. Freeport was young and huge, Maranacook and Oak Hill will be strong.
"It will be a very exciting season in Class C,” said Crutchfield. “We play under the lights at home this year, which is new to us and should add to the excitement. There’s nothing like Friday night football."