Robertson nets Viking boys varsity postSDHS graduate adds to coaching duties at alma mater
Searsport — For the second time in six weeks, Roger “R.J.” Robertson has landed a coaching job at his alma mater.
The 30-year-old Robertson was tabbed as the Searsport District High School girls soccer coach Aug. 29 mere days before the season began and has led the Viking girls to a 6-3-3 record thus far this fall in Western Class D.
Six weeks later, Robertson, a 2001 SDHS graduate, has been named the school's boys varsity basketball coach.
Robertson worked closely with former hoop coach Brad Cook, who resigned April 14, for the past five years. Robertson also worked under a few other hoop coaches at Searsport the past decade and also was the boys jayvee basketball coach in 2007.
The hire has been approved by Regional School Unit 20 Superintendent Brian Carpenter.
“This is definitely the job I was going for,” Robertson said. “Obviously I was working under Brad so I didn't want to step on any toes there, but I figured my time [would come] and this was the job I wanted.”
“He's done very well with our girls soccer team and has showed his ability to plan practices that are appropriate and fits the needs of our student-athletes,” said Searsport District High School athletic director Ruth Fitzpatrick. “Our girls believe he is pushing them and they enjoy playing for him.”
Robertson has yet to speak to any of his prospective basketball players, though he heard “while the whole [hiring] process was going on, they all were exciting that I was in the running.”
“Hopefully they're excited and we can keep that going through February.”
The Viking boys basketball team has not made the Eastern Class C quarterfinals since 1986 and has not had a winning record since 1994, though the Vikings did compete in — and lose — a preliminary playoff game in the last decade.
Of course, the Vikings will not be eyeing a trip to the Bangor Auditorium, nor a trip to the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Searsport's chance at the postseason, as the Vikings are now in Western Class D, runs through the Augusta Civic Center.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Robertson said. “We're in 'D' West this year so our goal is to get to Augusta.”
While excited, Robertson's focus is admittedly elsewhere at present.
“Obviously, right now, 100 percent of my concentration is on the girls [soccer team] and getting us to the playoffs so we can go as far as we can,” he said. “But as soon as that season's over it's going to be 100 percent into basketball and into the boys.”
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