Randy Dodge, who has led the Hampden Academy girls soccer team to eight Eastern Maine Class A playoff berths in his nine seasons, won’t return as the head coach.
Hampden Academy athletic director Tim Reed said Dodge’s contract won’t be renewed but would not elaborate on the reasons behind the decision.
Dodge said it was a matter of too many yellow cards.
“I received one yellow card last season and one this season. I’ve received three in my 13 years with the program,” said a disappointed Dodge, who was an assistant coach for four years before taking over the program. “I was told by [Hampden Academy principal] Katie Donovan that three yellow cards were three too many. She didn’t feel it was proper behavior.”
Dodge added, “I thought it was a ridiculous ruling. Three yellow cards in 13 years doesn’t give her decision a lot of validity. But I wasn’t going to try to change her mind. She was set in her ways. I was disappointed with the way things were handled.”
Donovan could not be reached for comment.
Reed said, “What Randy wants to say is fine. It was one of those things. I enjoyed working with him overall. He had a good playoff record and he has many positives. I’m sure he’ll do other things in his coaching career. I wish him the best of luck.”
Dodge said his last two yellow cards – both coming against Bangor – have resulted from him saying things to the referees while defending his players, whom he felt were victims of rough play.
The 32-year-old Dodge said he will miss the players and will probably take a year off “because I don’t want to coach against our [current] juniors” next fall.