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Moreau gallops in as Mount View athletic director

New sports leader takes Mustangs' reins from Chuck Karter
By Mark Haskell | Aug 12, 2016
Courtesy of: Courtesy of Chris Moreau Mount View High School and Mount View Junior High School athletic director Chris Moreau.

Thorndike — While Mount View High School student-athletes are set to begin fall preseason practices and tryouts, there will be a new face helping lead the pack of Mustangs into the forefront — and hopefully to continued athletic promise.

Regional School Unit 3 Superintendent Paul Austin has announced the hiring of Chris Moreau as the school’s new athletic director. He also will guide the Mustang junior high sports programs.

The 43-year-old Moreau, set to embark on his 13th year as an athletic director, replaces Chuck Karter, who is the new AD at Erskine Academy in South China. Karter was the AD in Mount View for six years.

While Moreau and his wife have spent the majority of their lives in the Pine Tree State, the two most recently lived in Palm Bay, Fla., where Moreau was the athletic director at Bayside High School for two years.

“My family and I are very excited to locate here,” he said. “We desired the opportunity to live in a smaller community. Obviously coming from Palm Bay where we had three high schools in our local community — the smallest being 1,600 students — we wanted to live the life that rural Maine offers and weren’t shy about the fact that we wanted to come back.”

Prior to that, Moreau had many stops along the way as he was athletic director and/or assistant principal at Livermore Falls High School, Sumner Area High School in East Sullivan, Dexter High School, Scarborough High School, South Portland High School, Lisbon High School in Lisbon Falls, Dirigo High School in Dixfield and Winthrop High School.

“I’ve been blessed with a wife that doesn’t mind chasing her husband,” said Moreau of his wife, Michelle, of 14 years. “But we’re done with that. We’re at a point in our lives where we’re ready to settle down. We don’t want to go anywhere and we felt that this school in particular would be a fantastic opportunity for our family.”

Moreau is a 1990 graduate of Jay High School and went onto the University of Maine in Farmington, where he graduated with a degree in secondary education and social studies in 1994.

After graduating from UMF, Moreau worked at Livermore Falls High School for nearly eight years and coached boys soccer, girls soccer, golf, Nordic skiing, boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball at either the varsity of subvarsity levels.

Moreau, who also is a fourth-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, said he and his family were vacationing in Maine over the summer when he got word the Mount View athletic director position had opened up.

“When we applied we ended up extending our vacation so I could make sure I was there for the interview and when I was offered the job my wife and I left [Florida] immediately,” he said.

He added that the “community has been unbelievable since we arrived.”

Moreau said all the school’s athletic facilities are in great shape and that the new varsity softball field on the school campus, which broke ground a few years ago thanks largely to Karter and Clayton Larrabee, tentatively is on schedule to be ready for the 2017 season.

Moreau and his wife have five children — Chantel, Trebin, Casandra, Skylar and Colby, who range in ages from 11 to 24. The family is in the process of relocating to Unity.

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