High school football

Pratt relinquishes reins of Mustang, joins John Bapst staff

Mount View searches for replacement for fall program
By Mark Haskell | Jul 03, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Harold "Haggie" Pratt, front, with his Mount View High School football players.

Thorndike — The Mount View High School football team is in search of a new coach as it was announced Harold “Haggie” Pratt, who has coached the sport in the Pine Tree State for nearly 25 years, resigned his post.

Pratt, who previously coached at Dexter Regional High School and Nokomis Regional High School of Newport before coming to Mount View, has been named the associate head football coach at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor.

The Crusaders’ position became available when Dan O’Connell, who has coached the team several years and led them to a state Class C title in 2008, become the school’s athletic director.

Pratt said he “just followed his gut on this move” and “it is a good opportunity for me” getting to coach alongside O’Connell, whom he has been close with for many years.

O’Connell will continue as the team’s head coach, with Pratt taking the reins of the team when O’Connell is unavailable due to his responsibilities as AD.

“I will have my role on the staff and when the time comes that coach [O’Connell] has to be away from football, I will have a few more responsibilities to keep things going smoothly,” he said. “Right now my concentration is working on the offensive side of the ball and getting to know the John Bapst players.”

Pratt guided the Mustangs four seasons and a 16-17 record (17-18 overall) and a playoff run to the Class D North semifinals during the 2015 season.

Pratt, who also will factor in as offensive coordinator at John Bapst, said “it was a very tough decision to leave Mount View” and has had a great relationship with his superiors, parents and boosters.

“I can't ever say enough about the kids that played for me,” he said. “I am very, very proud of their commitment and the improvement they made [over the past four years]. The kids delivered a strong message to me: ‘We will do anything you ask, just lead us.’ "

Interestingly enough, Pratt’s first “live” assignment with the Crusader football team was Thursday, June 29 as he led them in a 7-on-7 summer game at Hampden Academy — against Mount View.

“I felt a lot of pride watching my former players complete some great passes and make some outstanding catches against us,” he said. “I will miss the kids a lot and wish them great success.”

John Bapst will compete in Class C North this season against Belfast, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro and Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston, among others.

Mount View athletic director Chris Moreau said the school is accepting applicants to replace Pratt and hope to have a new coach in place soon.

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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School. He has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for writing and photography.

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