High school boys soccer

Hink resigns Mustang pitch post

Longtime coach accepts teaching position at neighboring BAHS
By Mark Haskell | Aug 11, 2014
Photo by: Ken Waltz Chris Hink during the 2014 spring baseball season at Mount View High School in Thorndike.

Thorndike — Change is on the horizon for Mount View High School boys soccer this fall.

Chris Hink, who has coached the Mustang varsity squad 10 seasons, will not return as coach this fall.

Hink accepted a mathematics teaching position at neighboring Belfast Area High School and informed Mount View athletic director Chuck Karter he would not return as soccer coach in the fall.

Tom Ballard, a physical education teacher in Regional School Unit 3, will coach the team, Karter said.

“He'll be missed,” said Karter of Hink. “He was a good coach, a dedicated coach and he did a great job with the kids. You never want to see an important piece of the puzzle go away but we were lucky enough to find someone as good in coach Ballard.”

Hink coached the Mustangs to several postseason berths over the past decade, including a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship in 2009.

Last season the Mustangs finished the regular season with a 5-7-2 record and were the No. 12 seed in Eastern Class B, falling to No. 5 Old Town 3-0 in the preliminary playoff round.

Hink also has served as the Mount View varsity baseball coach.

Karter said he is unsure whether Hink will return to coach the Mustang baseball team, but said Hink is still the team's diamond coach to the best of his knowledge.

Efforts to reach Hink for comment were unsuccessful, but will be added when they become available.

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