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Mount View, Skowhegan close to hiring new football coaches

Mount View athletic director Chris Moreau said he expects the Mustangs will have a new head coach early next week. Moreau said he has a finalist who cannot be named until a meeting Monday with RSU 3 Superintendent Paul Austin.

The new coach will replace Haggie Pratt, who left Mount View early this summer to accept a position as associate head coach on Dan O’Connell’s staff at John Bapst High School in Bangor. Pratt was head coach at Mount View for four seasons. In 2015, he led the Mustangs to a 7-3 record and the team’s best season, reaching the Little Ten Conference semifinals. Last season, Mount View went 5-4, enjoying back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in the program’s decade-long history. With the LTC cutting the number of playoff spots from six to four last season, the Mustangs just missed a second straight postseason appearance.

Prior to coaching at Mount View, Pratt coached at Nokomis and Dexter.

“It’s a bummer. I’ve known coach Pratt for quite a few years,” Moreau said. “But we have a great group of kids. We lost some good players to graduation, but the future long term is looking very good for Mount View football.”

Despite the tight window in which to interview candidates,

“It didn’t give us a lot of time, but I’m very pleased with the quality of candidates we had,” Moreau said.

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Skowhegan also is looking for a new head coach, with former coach Matt Friedman moving on to coach wide receivers at Husson University.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to coach in college. It was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. It’s going to be hard to leave Skowhegan,” Friedman, who coached the Indians for five seasons, said last week at Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl media day. Friedman was an assistant coach with the East squad.

Skowhegan athletic director Jon Christopher said he hopes later this week to name an in-house candidate as interim head coach for the 2017 season. Once the season is complete,…

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