SKOWHEGAN – Less than a month before fall season practices officially get underway for high school sports, the Skowhegan Indians football squad now finds itself in search of a new coach after its current one received an opportunity he could not pass up.
Matthew Friedman has spent the last five seasons on the sideline with the Indians, but will be moving on to the Husson University program to serve as a wide receivers coach under Gabby Price. The Bangor Daily News was the first to report the news Wednesday. Friedman will be leaving immediately, with Skowhegan expected to name an interim coach in the near future.
Friedman told ABC 7 and Fox 22 he desired to get a chance to coach in the college realm, and has long hoped he would eventually end up there.
“This was an opportunity that presented itself, and I had to jump at it,” Friedman said in a phone interview. “The most appealing part is to learn the college game from Coach Price and his staff.”
Skowhegan was competitive in Class B North under Friedman’s leadership, with recently-departed quarterback Garrett McSweeney leading a dynamic spread offense. The Indians were bounced in the Class B North quarterfinals this past year, but were in the thick of things in each of the last two seasons in particular.
Friedman said he will look back fondly on his time at Skowhegan.
“I absolutely loved my time there,” he said. “And it was, it was a very tough decision to make. And if it wasn’t for this opportunity, I would still be the coach down at Skowhegan.”