ROCKLAND — Oceanside High School officially has a new athletic director, and it is one with significant Midcoast ties.

At the Regional School Unit 13 meeting on Thursday night, Aug. 19, the board unanimously approved Troy Smith of Waldoboro as the district’s new athletic administrator, which includes overseeing athletics at the high school in Rockland and middle school in Thomaston.

Smith replaces Molly Bishop Harriman, who held the position seven years.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to continue in athletics in the Midcoast,” said Smith. “Athletics has been a large part of my life and having the opportunity to do it so close to where I currently live is exciting.”

The 46-year-old Smith lives in Waldoboro with his wife, Bonnie, and daughters, Alyssa, 13, an eighth-grader and Julia, 8, a third-grader. The girls are enrolled in the Regional School Unit 40 school system and play sports.

Smith has been the deputy parks and recreation director for Brunswick since 2009, while he also served previously as the recreation director for Thomaston.

Smith is a 1993 Medomak Valley High School graduate, where he was a three-sport athlete, and a standout basketball player, for the Panthers. He then went on to attend Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., where he graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management.

“This is what I’ve always wanted to do,” said Smith. “I went to school for sports management so I could get into athletic administration. I’ve taken the roundabout route a little bit.”

Smith said he submitted his application to RSU 13 on Wednesday, July 21 and had a formal interview on Monday, Aug. 9 with the committee and another with Superintendent John McDonald on Thursday, Aug. 12. He accepted the position, pending school board approval, on Aug. 13.

He also has been coaching since his high school days, but most notably coached the Medomak Valley boys varsity boys basketball team 2002-2007. He also won two Busline League boys basketball championships coaching at Thomaston Grammar School and most recently coached the Medomak Middle School seventh-grade girls basketball team in a year where no official games were held due to COVID-19.

Smith said, “I’m excited to get involved, start digging in, meeting coaches, looking at the facilities, learning the job, learning the administration and, most importantly, working with the coaches and the students.”

He added despite having deep-rooted Waldoboro ties, he is excited for the opportunity to further his career in the area with Medomak Valley now a rival school, of sorts.

“I’ve always had respect for my opponents,” he said. “Even growing up as an athlete we always respected the players from Rockland and the surrounding schools. This will just be a different challenge. It will be different watching my kids come up through a different system, but I know they’re in good hands there with [Medomak Valley High School and Medomak Middle School athletic director] Matt Lash and the coaches they have there.”

Smith’s final day at his current job will be on Thursday, Sept. 2 while his contract with RSU 13 will begin on Friday, Sept. 3.

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