After experiencing minimal success on the pitch the past few seasons, the Mount View High School girls soccer program has decided to turn the page — and literally to Page.

Mount View athletic director Chuck Karter announced the hiring of girls varsity soccer coach David Page in what will be his first varsity high school coaching job. Page replaces Terri Church, who coached the team the past few seasons.

“It’s definitely exciting,” said Page on being named the new coach. “I got to work in the program a little bit last year through the middle school. I was the middle school [girls] coach last year, so it’s exciting to take this next step.”

“He brings a great energy to the girls team,” said Karter. “I know he’s had a lot of interest from the girls that have played in the past, so it’s good that they’re staying with it. I know he’s excited and we’re excited to have him and the passion and experience he brings with him.”

In the past, Page has been the junior varsity soccer coach at Class A Bonny Eagle of Standish and also has coached at Northern Maine Technical College in Presque Isle. He is a 1990 graduate of Greely High School of Cumberland and later graduated with a degree in secondary education from the University of Maine in Presque Isle.

Page teaches sixth grade math and science at Mount View Middle School. The Mustangs hope Page has the winning formula, with the girls soccer team amassing an 0-42 record the last three seasons.

Having only been a teacher in the district one year, Page has coached a handful of the student-athletes, who are now incoming freshmen, who he anticipates will attend high school soccer tryouts this week.

Regardless, with the middle school and high school sharing one building, having a familiar face on the sidelines can only be a benefit for the Mustangs.

“Playing [games] with the girls over the summer, it was really exciting to see how excited they were getting [for the season],” he said. “So we’re really looking forward to it, all of us.”

Page said the most important thing he wants to do is change the culture of the program, which has taken a back seat in recent years with the success of the boys soccer and field hockey programs, along with the resurgence of the Mustang football squad.

“I think the kids have had a real rough go of it the last few years record-wise,” he said. “But they’re still sticking with it. They want to play hard and they want to be successful so I think our biggest goal is to find that success and just create a fun atmosphere. Wins and losses, that will all come as we go.”

Page heard rumblings that the girls varsity soccer position might be opening over the winter and when it finally did in May, Page jumped at the opportunity.

Above everything else, Page hopes to help put Mount View girls soccer back on the map, which he believes starts from the ground up.

“I’m just looking forward to starting something new and being a part of the program,” he said. “And that’s one of the things we’ve emphasized is that this is a program that goes from the varsity level all the way down to the recreation programs. We did a summer camp and a lot of girls came down to help out with that. They understand that it’s not just about what’s going to happen this season but down the road as well.”

In a nutshell, it looks as if the culture may be changing already. Not only for the overall outlook, but perhaps a new attitude as well.

“They’re ready,” he said of the student-athletes. “They want to step up and be a part of all that and I think that’s great.”

Page lives in Freedom with his wife and two daughters.

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