KENTS HILL – John Huard, a former Little All-America choice for the University of Maine football team and a longtime coach, has joined the coaching staff at Kents Hill School on a consulting basis.
Huard, a native of Waterville, was a linebacker at UMaine through 1966, then played professional football for the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and Montreal Alouettes.
The 52-year-old Huard coached for seven years at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, leading the Division III Mariners to a 32-30 record. In his final year at MMA, his squad finished 9-1 and won the ECAC Northeast and New England Football Conference titles.
Huard resigned from the Mariners after the 1993 season to taking a job with the Canadian Football League’s expansion Shreveport Pirates. But the intense Huard was fired before coaching a down and was replaced by Forrest Gregg.
Reports at the time indicated that the owner of the now-defunct Pirates, Lonie Gleiberman, may have been opposed to hiring Huard in the first place.
At that time, Huard took a philosophical approach to the setback. “From a trivia standpoint, I think I’m the only pro coach to get fired before even coaching an exhibition game,” he said.
Huard, an alumnus of Kents Hill, is currently involved in litigation with Shreveport over unpaid wages and has no idea when the suit could be resolved.
Huard said the consulting job gives him something to do while he waits for February, 1997, when he can resume coaching at the college or professional level.
“I’ve seen enough depositions and briefs. I’ve just been trying to keep busy,” he said. “I’ll be able to be back in college or pro coaching in February because my contract [with Shreveport] would be up then.”
Huard signed a three-year deal with Shreveport.
The former coach with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and USFL’s Chicago Blitz will be a consultant at Kents Hill for 11 weeks. He will primarily be involved with the recruiting process.