NEWPORT — Mark Babin started his new job as athletic director at Nokomis Regional High School on Monday and the biggest challenge he faces is simple.

“Just getting to know everyone is the big thing right now,” Babin said.

Babin takes over for Earl Anderson, who retired after 33 years in education and took a job with Wight’s Sporting Goods.

“Earl left it in pretty good shape,” Babin said. “I think the transition will be seamless.”

Babin spent the last 11 years at Belfast Area High School, the last five as the school’s athletic director. When that position was expanded to include the junior high as well as the high school, Babin felt he needed a change.

“(Nokomis) is just a better situation for me right now,” Babin said.

Last year was a tumultuous one for Nokomis athletics. A budget shortfall left Regional School Unit 19 scrambling, and multiple times, voters declined to approve a loan.

Private fundraising kept junior varsity and freshman athletic programs from being cut.

Nokomis and Belfast compete in the same league, the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B division.

“It’s a great school with great traditions,” Babin said.

Travis Lazarczyk — 861-9242
[email protected]