DEER ISLE—Deer Isle-Stonington High School principal Ed Hatch has been pulling double duty since joining the district’s administrative team in July. In addition to his principal duties, Hatch is also the athletic director for the middle school and high school teams.
Balancing roles is familiar territory for Hatch, though, as he was both assistant principal and athletic director at Bucksport High School. Coming to a smaller school with fewer teams to manage, Hatch said there have been both similarities and differences during the transition.
‘I know there are tons of people in the community who would help out.’
—Ed Hatch, DISHS Athletic Director, on keeping the playing fields in shape
“At the high school level, the [Maine Principals Association] deadlines are the same no matter how many teams the school has,” said Hatch. “You still have to have your rosters, schedules and other materials in by a certain time.”
One of the main differences, particularly with the fall sports programs, has been the number of coaches Hatch communicates with. At Bucksport, he said, he was dealing with almost 20 coaches, while at DISHS that number is down to three, with two soccer coaches and a cross-country running coach.
“Just the football program alone had 10 coaches [at Bucksport], and then there’s golf, volleyball. It’s a little smaller here,” he said.
Hatch said one of his main priorities this season is creating communication with parents and community members to help bring in additional volunteers. With soccer fields to maintain and a snack shack to run, volunteers are an “integral part” of making the season run smoothly.
“We don’t have the resources that bigger schools do to keep our fields in shape throughout the season,” he said. “But I know there are tons of people in the community who would help out. Part of what we need to do now is get the word out.”