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June 8, 2010

Triton athletic director hires two new head coaches

BYFIELD — First-year Triton Regional High athletic director Donna Andersen brought closure to searches for two head coaching positions over the weekend, hiring football and hockey coaches.

Former Triton head hockey coach Drew Wile will return to the position, replacing Kevin Dodier, who led the school's hockey team to a combined record of 10-37-8 over the last three seasons.

Andersen also hired Triton assistant football coach Pat Sheehan to replace Jim O'Leary, who led the school's football team to a 12-10 record over the last two seasons.

Wile, 35, will return to the program after a three-year hiatus. He was not rehired following the 2006-2007 season due to a dispute with the Triton administration over whether one of his former players deserved a varsity letter following the season. His lone Viking squad posted an 11-5-5 mark with the highlight coming in a late-season victory over Division 1 opponent Everett.

"I have no ill feelings from the way things ended the first time," Wile said. "That's done and over; it was three or four years ago. I look at it as a learning lesson for everyone involved. What I see is a different commitment from the new administrators involved with this process."

Wile said he met with Triton Principal Kevin McLaughlin, Assistant Principal Scott Brennan and Andersen prior to accepting the position.

"They really have a renewed commitment to what they want to do," Wile said. "It goes with my philosophy and what worked well when I was here before. It's the way I've gone about things at other programs."

Andersen said Wile's previous experience at Triton was viewed as a positive by the selection committee.

"He did a great job for us when he was here," Andersen said. "He's very structured, he commands respect from his players, and he has pretty good experience. He seems to be what we're looking for."

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