Searsport District High School athletics, by and large, have seen a wealth of success the past few years, and will hope to continue that trend with a new leader at the helm with the hiring of Joshua Toothaker as the school’s new athletic director and dean of students.

The 37-year-old Toothaker replaces John Williamson, who held a similar role at the school since 2014. The position also leads middle school athletics.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity that athletics is going to have to build community pride,” Toothaker said. “We’ve got bolstering programs that are doing really great things now.”

Toothaker is a 1999 Rockland District High School graduate, who played baseball and football three years each during his time as a Tiger.

He then went onto the University of Maine in Orono and graduated with a degree in biology before he received his masters in secondary science education from UMaine in 2005.

He then nabbed a job as a science teacher at Searsport District Middle School — a position he held nine years — before taking a similar position at Camden-Rockport Middle School the past three years.

In that time, he also coached several sports in the middle school ranks for the Vikings and Schooners, most notably baseball and softball.

Toothaker said the decision to hire him as athletic administrator and dean of students was made at a June 13 board meeting. His first day on the job will be Sunday, July 1.

He hopes that community pride and the commitment to excellence on the athletic fronts will “translate into pride in the schools and building a positive culture inside those walls.”

“What really strikes me with this position as AD and dean of students is the opportunity this presents to see the whole student and work within a full picture of the school,” he said. “I can focus my work on the academics, the arts, the civic leadership and the social/emotional growth, as well as the athletics. It's really a unique opportunity to work in this capacity.”

Toothaker resides in Stockton Springs with his wife, Karen, and two young daughters, students in Regional School Unit 20.