After stepping down from the Husson University men’s soccer team only a few months ago, Searsport native Seth Brown was not looking for another coaching job.

However, when his alma mater was in need, Brown stepped to the forefront. And now the Vikings have one of the most successful coaches not only in the Penobscot Valley Conference, but perhaps in all of Eastern Class C.

The 36-year-old Brown was named the new coach of the Searsport District High School girls varsity soccer program by athletic director Jim McGinn after the resignation of longtime coach Mike Garcelon due to health issues. Garcelon gave his resignation to McGinn earlier this summer.

Enter Brown, who resigned his position of Husson men’s soccer coach in May and had heard that the Vikings were in a bit of a spot with the resignation of Garcelon.

“We are extremely happy to have him on board,” said McGinn. “Unfortunately, due to health issues, our longtime coach Michael Garcelon had to resign. We thought it would be very difficult to fill that vacancy with someone of equal caliber as Michael, who’s had a very successful career as a coach here. So we feel very fortunate to have someone with the qualifications that Seth has and also that he’s a graduate from Searsport and has local ties.”

The Vikings have had a traditionally strong girls soccer program over the years, winning the state Class C championship in 2002 over Traip Academy of Kittery and being a perennial regional playoff team. This year’s team looks to be in for more of a rebuilding campaign, touting 10 freshmen and many first-year players.

“They heard Mike wasn’t coming back and I got the call,” said Brown, who graduated from Searsport District High School in 1993. “I’d been the Husson men’s coach for four years and had kind of moved out of soccer. But my wife and I just decided that we didn’t want the girls to not have a coach, and here I am.”

Brown accepted the position in mid-August — just in time for tryouts.

Brown went 43-30-7 in his four-year tenure with the Eagles, was the 2008 North Atlantic Conference coach of the year and also led Husson to a pair of regular-season titles in 2008 and 2009. He also coached previously at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D..

“He’s one of the most qualified coaches I’ve ever seen on a resume,” said McGinn. “He’s been around soccer a long time, he loves the sport and he seems to have a very nice way of working with the young women on our team.”

Brown also has coached high school soccer in the past out of state, and has also coached club soccer in Atlanta, Ga.

Brown and his wife reside in Frankfort.

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