BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island baseball team will have a new head coach when it takes the field next spring.
Andy Pooler is stepping down as MDI’s head coach, Athletic Director Bunky Dow said Monday evening. The Trenton native coached the Trojans for four years after succeeding Mike Swanson as head coach in November 2016.
Pooler had a winning record in each of his four seasons with the Trojans. He coached MDI to a 12-6 record and No. 3 finish in Class B North in 2018 and led the Trojans to a regional semifinal appearance and near-upset of eventual state champion Old Town this spring.
Pooler delivered his letter of resignation to Dow early Monday morning. The outgoing coach plans to spend more time with his family as his children, 10-year-old Brayden and 6-year-old Bella, get older, and doing so means spending the springtime as a dad rather than a coach.
“I need to focus on the bigger picture as the kids get older and want me around more,” Pooler said. “Maybe I can even be one of those crazy Little League coaches, but the first time I sat on the bleachers with my parents and got to watch Brayden play, it was the greatest feeling in the world, and I want more of that.”
Prior to being named MDI’s head coach five years ago, Pooler was an assistant for the team under Swanson. He was previously a player at MDI, which he led to the program’s only regional championship as a senior in 2005, as well as at St. Joseph’s College in Standish.
“Andy was an outstanding coach for MDI, and his teams were always competitive each season,” Dow said. “Andy is a student of the game, and his players were always well-prepared for each game. Coach Pooler is stepping down for all the right reasons and will be missed.”
Pooler, an ex-realtor who now works at First National Bank, has also spent recent years as head coach for the Ellsworth girls’ basketball team. He told the Islander that he will remain in that position.