The Belfast Area High School boys soccer team has fallen short of the postseason the past five years, with only six total wins to show for their efforts in that time.

However, the Lions hope the fog over the program will lift — literally and figuratively — as longtime Waldo County youth coach Howard Fogg has been tabbed as the new coach for the varsity program.

Fogg replaces Kevin Coombs, who stepped down after guiding the Lions seven years and led BAHS to a 22-64-2 record, including 1-2 in the postseason, with playoff berths in 2011 and 2012.

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity,” Fogg said. “I’ve thrown my name in for numerous [coaching] jobs at different schools and the stars didn’t align. And this one I threw my name into the ring, didn’t know what was going to happen.”

After an interview with Terry Kenniston on Tuesday, June 20, Fogg said the BAHS athletic director “was going to give me a shot.”

Fogg, a Knox resident who most recently relocated to Monmouth, has coached the Troy Howard eighth-grade boys basketball and boys soccer teams the past several years, with his teams collecting multiple Busline League titles.

Now, Fogg will get the opportunity to coach many of those same players on the varsity pitch. The stars aligned for Fogg and his student-athletes in middle school — and he hopes to again catch lightning in a bottle.

Fogg, who also is a substitute teacher in the district, said some of those young student-athletes he coached at THMS asked him to apply as, “Obviously I’ve made some connections with some of the seniors and juniors currently on the team.”

However, he knows the difference between the Busline League and the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference — annually one of the state’s toughest athletic divisions — is night and day.

“It’s definitely going to be a huge jump and that’s one thing I said to Mr. Kenniston during the interview process," Fogg said. "It’s no comparison, talking middle school level up to the KVAC. The speed of the game is faster, the kids are bigger [and] stronger and there’s a lot to it. But as far as building a program, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

The 33-year-old Fogg, a 2003 Mount View High School graduate who played golf during his time with the Mustangs, is an “avid sports fan” and was previously the president of Waldo County Little League for roughly a decade, in addition to umpiring as well at the youth levels.

Fogg said he knows “there is [athletic] talent in Belfast [and] it’s more getting the kids invested and involved.”

“My expectation is I want 110 percent out of the kids. I want them to get the program headed in the right direction and build everything for now and the future," he said.

And like any building, a foundation must first be laid.

Fogg said, “If the cards turn in our favor [this season], maybe we can battle in the Heal Points, but I don’t want to put that expectation on the program in my first year.”