HAMPDEN – When Fred Lower stepped down as Hampden Academy football coach in order to take the school’s athletic director job, he aimed to find a new person to take the program in a direction that would not only promote the core values of the game, but also grow the participation rate. As the school board confirmed Wednesday night, Lower’s found his man.
Former Husson Eagle defensive end Shane Rogers was named Broncos head coach Wednesday. Rogers was a captain for the Eagles, and spent seven years under head coach Gabby Price as an assistant.
“[He’s a] great person,” Lower said. “Great around young people. He’s going to be a tremendous role model. He’s a great husband, a great father. He’s just everything we want our athletes to aspire to be and look up to.”
Hampden Academy finished at the bottom of the Class B North Crabtree standings last season, notching a 2-6 record, worth 19.0625 points.
“He’s going to treat the kids the way they should be treated, it’s going to be a positive and competitive atmosphere,” Lower said. “He’s going to provide a positive environment for our student-athletes to take part in.”