High school baseball

Hurd swings in as new Mustang diamond coach

At some point, he will lead his former Waldo County rivals at Mount View
By Mark Haskell | Mar 20, 2020
Courtesy of: Brandon Hurd Brandon Hurd.

Thorndike — Twenty years ago, Brandon Hurd was racking up team and individual athletic accolades for Belfast Area High School.

Now, the player-turned coach — who has spent a great deal of time mentoring children the past two decades at the youth sports levels — will get his shot at the "big leagues."

At some point.

The 38-year-old-Hurd, a 2000 BAHS graduate, has been named the new varsity baseball coach at Mount View High School. Hurd takes over for Dale Hustus, who guided the team three seasons and to a 9-39 record.

Hurd has coached baseball and basketball at several levels. He coached Brooks Little League, was a coach for the Waldo County 11-12 all stars, the 50/70 league (a league that helps transition players from Little League to high school-aged fields) and also has coached with the Maine Sting 14U team in Old Town the past few seasons.

He also is the boys freshmen basketball coach with Mount View and is an all-star basketball coach with the BUM League.

“Little League was the foundation of where it all started for me coaching baseball,” said Hurd. “I made a lot of connections statewide because of Little League and I have used those experiences to better myself as a coach. I now want to bring my love for the game, experiences gained over the past few years into ‘the big leagues.’ ”

Hurd said it was “rewarding” when he received word on March 3 that he would be the school’s new varsity baseball coach.

“When I realized the opportunity was available to apply, I jumped right on it,” said Hurd. “I’m familiar with most all of our current players and a majority of the upcoming players, my son included in the mix of upcoming players, so it seems the timing and fit couldn’t be better.”

Hurd’s son, Noah, is an eighth-grader and will be eligible to join the team in 2021.

Which, by all accounts, could be how long Hurd waits to coach his first game, with COVID-19 — or the coronavirus — potentially threatening the high school spring sports season for teams throughout the Pine Tree State.

“With the season being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this presents a challenge in itself,” the coach said. "There are a lot of unknowns as to what is going to happen to this year’s season.”

Hurd played football, basketball and baseball during his time at BAHS and had success in all three sports, particularly football and baseball. He was team captain for all three sports his senior year.

On the gridiron, as a fullback and linebacker, he helped the Lions win state championships in 1999 and 1996 (wins over Kennebunk and Mountain Valley of Rumford) and another state championship appearance in 1997.

He was an all-conference honorable mention in football his senior year and, as a shortstop and pitcher, was named all-conference during his sophomore and senior seasons, in addition to being the point guard for the school’s basketball team.

Hurd said he plans to have assistant coach Robert Carlisle remain the school’s junior varsity coach, though, “I plan to have a few other volunteers in throughout the season.”

While he has not been able to officially meet with his team, he knows “they are hungry for success on the baseball field and want to be a consistently competitive team each game they play.”

“I like the mixture of upperclassman and underclassman we have in our program,” the new coach said. “I’ll expect our upperclassman to lead this team and set the tone in our practices. I expect Neal Kenney, a senior, to lead our pitching staff and provide solid innings on the bump for us this season. I coached Neal in my first year of Little League a few years back so its nice to reunite with him.

"Defensively Noah Jacobs, Draedyn Furrow [and] Barak Moody will play important roles. Brady Moulton who is the vocal leader for our team provides us with power at the plate and stability at the catcher position. Theo Dodge, a senior, is a coach's dream. He always has a positive attitude, great work ethic and will play a big role for us in multiple positions. Levi Winslow, a freshman, should get time on the hill as he shows potential with his arm. As I have been saying there is reason to be excited for the team now and the future seasons ahead look promising.”

Hurd, a drywall contractor, resides in Brooks with wife, Jeannie, and children, Noah, Emma and Kendall.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Virgil Fowles Jr | Mar 20, 2020 14:50

Congratulations - Brandon....


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