Fall brings staffing changes

BLUE HILL — Both George Stevens Academy (GSA) and Deer Isle-Stonington High School (DISHS) will have new leadership in place atop their athletic departments heading into the school year, with Sumner Memorial High School expected to announce a new athletic director shortly.

Sumner is replacing former AD Dan Campbell, who is heading a little over an hour down the road to take over the top spot at Deer Isle-Stonington.

Campbell will be stepping into the role vacated by former DISHS AD and girls’ basketball coach Bob St. Peter.

At GSA, former college basketball star Billie L’Heureux will be taking over for the outgoing Larry Gray. L’Heureux was inducted into the St. Joseph’s College of Maine Hall of Fame in 2015 after totaling 1,195 points, 671 rebounds and 130 steals over 104 career games. She is hoping to bring some of those winning ways to teams across the board at GSA.

“After working somewhere else for 27 years, I’m extremely excited to get started here at GSA,” said L’Heureux. “I’m looking forward to improving on what was already a great foundation built by my predecessor, Larry Gray.”

L’Heureux hit the ground running, having to hire an entirely new slate of coaches for the fall. Head boys’ soccer coach Mark Ensworth left to coach at Ellsworth. He will be replaced by Mark Hundhammer. Girls’ soccer will be led by Julie Perry. The volleyball team will be coached by Lexi Prescott and GSA track coach Isaac Vaccaro will also coach the cross-country team this fall. The golf team will be headed up by Ed Walton.

Elsewhere on the coaching front, several new faces will be taking over programs across Hancock County. Ellsworth High School will have two new coaches this fall, with Jamie Anderson running the cross-country program and the aforementioned Mark Ensworth, husband of EHS softball coach Brandi Ensworth, taking over boys’ soccer.

On top of replacing its athletic director, Sumner will have two new coaches in Austin Mason and Richie Grant. Mason will head up the boys’ soccer program, while Grant takes charge of the varsity volleyball team.

Only Bucksport High School will be returning the entirety of its coaching roster this fall, though the football team will be transitioning to the 8-man game for the first time after many successful seasons of 11-man football under head coach Joel Sankey.

Zachary Lanning

Zachary Lanning

News reporter Zach Lanning covers news and features in the Ellsworth area. He comes to Ellsworth by way of New Jersey, which he hopes you don't hold against him. Email him at [email protected].

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