Belfast Area High School will look for a new boys varsity soccer coach next season after Howard Fogg announced his resignation from that position.

Fogg notified athletic director Matt Battani his intentions on Saturday, Nov. 21.

“I have a new job closer to home and being able to make the commitment that it truly takes to run a varsity program the way it needs,” said Fogg, who lives in Monmouth — nearly 130 miles round trip — and is now working for a consulting company in Manchester. “I don’t have the time going forward as I have the past three years.”

“He was a great guy to work with this fall,” said Battani. “Only got to work with him one season, but I know the commute was very long for him. He was going 2.5 hours round trip. We really appreciate his service to [Regional School Unit] 71 in the soccer program and wish him well moving on.”

Additionally, Fogg and his wife, Jenn, work with pool halls in Maine and New Hampshire to organize and coordinate billiards tournaments, which also takes a great deal of time and commitment.

Fogg led the Lions three years and guided them to a 12-17-4 record. The Lions did not make the playoffs in the previous two years, while this year there was no soccer postseason statewide due to COVID-19.

“I feel the program is in a good position right now for someone to take it over and lead the group of kids that are returning,” said Fogg. “We obviously had a tough season this year due to COVID-19, as many schools have. But we were successful when we played and were 3-2 on the season when it [the season] was halted.”

He added he is “proud to see all of the growth in the players over the past few seasons and they have begun to learn a winning atmosphere.”

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