NEWS CENTER - Mountain Valley coach Jim Alyward built Mountain Valley into one of the best high school football programs in the state. Now one of the most succesful coaches in the state is taking over another prestigious post at Mount Blue.
According to the the Sun Journal, the only coach in Mountain Valley history is expected to be named just the third head coach for the Cougars, pending his approval at an RSU 9 school board meeting on Tuesday night. He'll succeed Gary Parlin, who retired after 21 seasons in charge. Parlin's predecessor Ray Caldwell also coached for 21 years.
Aylward has a many state titles as the the Mount Blue coaches combined: four. In his 25 seasons leading the Falcons, Aylward accumulated 200 wins, 17 trips to the Western Maine final, and the previously mentioned four Class 'B' titles (2004, '06, '08, '10).
Due to a declining enrollment, amongst other changes, the Falcons regressed significantly the past two years finishing just 3-6 in 2012 and 1-7 this past season. The step back in record was despite Mountain Valley dropping down to Class 'C'.
Aylward's departure marks the first time Mountain Valley will have a head coaching search, since Aylward assumed the newly created position back in 1989 when his school Mexico merged with Rumford.