BELFAST — Whether on courts, fields, diamonds, ice, course, poolside or mats, Chris Audet has seen his share of successes the past 15 years as an athletic trainer at Camden Hills Regional High School.

And, after a decade-and-a half of unwavering professional service, the familiar-faced Audet has sailed on from that position with the Windjammers.

At the end of the 2022 spring season, the 50-year-old Audet resigned his post and took a job at Belfast Area High School, where he will be a physical education teacher.

Audet, who lives in Searsport, with his wife Jeannine, was an athletic trainer for 10 years at BAHS before he came to Camden Hills in 2007.

The travel from home for his new job also was an attractive perk, which is “a seven-minute commute instead of 40 [minutes] each way.”

“I am so grateful for the opportunity I had in Camden and proud of what I did with that opportunity in both training and teaching,’ he said. “Even with all those positives, it was such a difficult decision to make. I truly agonized about it. I loved being a small part of the student’s education and athletics and have made lifelong friends and 15 years of unbelievable memories.”

“We’re really going to miss Chris here at the high school,” said athletic director Jeff Hart. “Easily one of the best athletic trainers in the state of Maine and we were lucky to have him here for all those years. We all wish him well at Belfast.”

Audet said he especially is looking forward to getting away from the long, demanding hours as an athletic trainer, which often kept him from home until 10 p.m. or later.

“[I needed] to readjust my work and life-balance,” he said. “My amazing wife has put up with eating dinners alone and not being able to plan weekend or school vacation getaways most of the year. She is as excited for the change as I am.”

He said he has been wanting to transition out of athletic training and into full-time teaching for about five years and “jumped at the chance” when the position at BAHS opened.

“It was an amazing 15 years as a ‘Jammer,” he said.