Ellsworth head softball coach Jake Hackett demonstrates the proper bunting technique to players Lexi Rossi (left) and Sara Shea during a 2019 high school softball practice at Ellsworth School. Hackett, who was 26-9 in two seasons as Ellsworth’s head coach, announced Wednesday that he was resigning from the position. FILE PHOTO

Hackett steps down as Ellsworth head softball coach

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth softball program will have a new leader in place when the season begins in just under three months.

Jake Hackett announced Wednesday his resignation as Ellsworth’s head softball coach. He departs the position after posting an impressive 26-9 record in two seasons at the helm.

Hackett took over as Ellsworth’s head coach in 2019 and led the team to a 10-7 record in his first year in charge. Following the pandemic-forced cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season, Hackett’s Eagles posted a 16-2 record that included a 16-game winning streak and a pair of playoff victories in 2021.

Hackett was head baseball coach and athletic director at Greenville High School before arriving at Ellsworth prior to the 2016-17 school year. He spent two years as head coach of the junior varsity softball team before being promoted to head varsity coach after Dottie Cameron left that post in November 2018 to accept an assistant coaching position at Colby College.

“[I want to the thank the] Ellsworth athletic community for being so supportive as well as the parents and players who played for me over the years,” Hackett told The American on Sunday. “I will miss coaching, but I will take with me many great memories.”

An official job posting for the softball team’s head coaching vacancy was made Friday morning. Athletic Director Josh Frost said the school hopes to hold interviews for the position prior to February vacation.

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