Phil Faulkner has been involved in Athletics for over half a century. Faulkner started his career as a coach and Athletic Director in Island Falls and moved to SAD 25 in Stacyville back in the 1970′s Faulkner was an Athletic Director for 39 years and was recognized by the Aroostook League for his years of service. He said many things have changed over the past 50 years.
“Change of facilities is one of the things that has changed. They no longer have these little gyms to play in they all have immaculate gyms. The three point line was the big change in the game of basketball and the kids now are so much more developed physically and capable of doing so much more with the ball.”
Faulkner has been a familiar face at Katahdin High School since the mid 70′s. Due to budget constraints the Katahdin school combined the Principal and Athletic Directors job this season and Faulkner remained on as On Site Supervisor for games in the Stacyville school
” Which I have to be there for all activities at the High School and Middle School. It still keeps you involved in the games and watching kids play and develop. It is still interesting and still a challenge.”
Faulkner has coached several sports over the years his most recent varsity coaching job was with girls soccer team back in 2009 and 2010. He has also recently been an assistant basketball coach and is now coaching the Katahdin middle school girls team
” Kids keep you young they keep you motivated they keep you moving. It’s a challenge every day to get out on the court and still teaching in a different classroom setting.”
Faulkner worked with the Aroostook League for almost 4 decades and said they are a great group to be involved with.
” It’s a small group they are willing to help you. If you have a problem where you have two games scheduled on the same day or you want to change things these guys are unique and they will gladly help you in any way they can. i somebody doesn’t have a schedule they will help you get one. It is one of the better groups to work with.”