The head coach of the Mount Desert Island High School football team, Mark Shields, left, and an assistant coach, Mark Arnold, received recognition at the Big Ten Football Conference recently. PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

Trojan coaches honored

BAR HARBOR — Head Coach Mark Shields of the Mount Desert Island High School football team was named Coach of the Year by his contemporaries in the league. “I’m very pleased. It’s well deserved,” MDI Athletic Director Bunky Dow said. “He is a great role model for the kids. He talks about family first and football second and has a great way of getting the message across. The kids enjoy his leadership and respect him.”

Shields recently finished his 20th season at the high school, 13 of which have been spent as head coach. “I consider it a staff award,” said Shields, who was joined by Tony DeMuro, Chris McGuire and Mark Arnold, all assistant coaches on the football team. “We’ve been together a long time.”

Arnold, who was named Assistant Coach of the Year, said under the leadership of Shields, “The program has been more about what we teach the kids than it has been about winning the football games.”

Originally from Michigan, Arnold has been an assistant coach for the past six years at MDI. “What we’re teaching them for life has been a priority, and that makes me happy because that’s why I want to coach.”

Dow considers the achievements to be “great for MDI football and the community involved. I’m extremely pleased for both coaches.”

In addition to the coaches, a number of players on the football team walked away with honors.

“The kids on the team this year had great attitudes, and they worked hard,” said Shields. “We had real good leadership this year from my seniors. It was one of the best years I’ve had as a coach.”


Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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