BAR HARBOR — Mark Arnold will take over the reins as head coach of the Mount Desert Island High School football program. Arnold has served as assistant coach under Mark Shields, who stepped down from the position Jan. 2 after leading the Trojans to back-to-back 9-2 seasons and the school’s first regional championship.
Arnold, a Michigan native, played two years of football at the University of Michigan. He later handled football duties within the school’s athletic department before spending five years as a high school head coach at two different schools.
“Mark brings a great deal of knowledge and experiences to the MDI Football Program,” Athletic Director Bunky Dow said in a statement. “We are very fortunate to find a person of his ability to step up and take over at this time.”
Dow also announced the return of Corey Papadopoli as the school’s head volleyball coach. Papadopoli coached MDI for six years before stepping down from the position for work-related reasons following the 2016 season.
MDI was led by Richard Grant this past season, earning a 9-6 record.
Kirk Ritter was announced as head coach of the Trojans’ JV volleyball team after a three-year absence. He replaces Michael Curry, who stepped down in November.