The Islesboro Central School coed soccer team hopes to inject some new life into its program this upcoming season, and may have found the right man for the job.

James Westhafer, who just months ago graduated from Colby College in Waterville and was a four-year starter for the White Mules, was named head coach for the Eagles soccer team earlier this summer. He replaces Fred Porter, who coached the islanders the past few seasons.

Westhafer, 22, who doubled-majored in history and STS (science, technology and society) at Colby, said he is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to be involved with the sport he loves.

“Exactly a year ago I was in preseason mode for being a player going into my senior year with really high expectations and everything,” he said. “Now 12 months later I’m doing the exact same thing, but I’m on the other side of the line. It’s definitely a different feel and mentality, but it’s soccer and still the game I love.”

Westhafer was a fullback for the Mules and had three goals and one assist over his four-year career.

As it turns out, Westhafer only heard about the opening for the Eagle coaching position by chance.

“It was May when I was originally interviewing for a job with the Island Institute,” said Westhafer. “I’m working with the school and the town on some technology stuff so that was the main thing that brought me over to Islesboro. I was talking to [Islesboro Central School Principal] Heather [Knight] and she said the coaching position was open, and I obviously expressed interest.”

Westhafer later received a formal offer to become the school’s new coach, which he promptly accepted. New Islesboro athletic director Andrew Leach will also serve as the assistant coach for the team.

Westhafer originally is from Malvern, Pa., where he attended Great Valley High School and was first-team all-league and all-academic for boys soccer.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.