Former Camden Hills hockey coach takes over Blackhawks co-op program

Karl Enroth led the Camden Hills High School hockey team to eight playoff spots in 10 years, one regional championship appearance and four Class B sportsmanship banners.

HOULTON, Maine – Karl Enroth led the Camden Hills High School hockey team to eight playoff spots in 10 years, one regional championship appearance and four Class B sportsmanship banners.

Now he will look to repeat his success as the new head hockey coach of the Houlton / Hodgdon / Southern Aroostook / Katahdin Blackhawks.

He will replace Joel Trickey, who resigned after his second stint as head coach of the co-op team.

Enroth, 58, led Camden Hills to a 111-76-6 record in his 10 years. His contract was not renewed at the end of the 2017-18 season.

The Windjammers were 5-25-2 in the previous two seasons before taking over in 2008 and he quickly led them to a 7-9-1 season in 2008-09 followed by a 14th campaign. -4 the following year.

Enroth said he was not actively looking for a coaching position, but was in the area because he and his partner Michelle had purchased rental cabins and a tavern in Mount Chase in 2020. Mount Chase is located in Penobscot County but borders Aroostook County.

He received a phone call from Houlton’s athletic director Jon Solomon asking if he would be interested in returning to coaching after a three-year hiatus.

“Once you’ve coached and played your whole life, it never really goes away,” said Enroth, a native of Rochester, Mass., And the golf professional and general manager of the Megunticook Golf Club in Rockport.

His background includes hockey at Old Rochester High School in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, and club hockey at Springfield College.

He eventually became an assistant coach for the men’s team, then the women’s team at Amherst College before becoming the men’s head coach at Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He spent five seasons in western New England.

He said he quit training because he “made more money running golf courses.”

But golf is a seasonal sport and he took the opportunity to return to training in Camden Hills.

“We are very happy to have him,” Solomon said. “With the success he has had at Camden Hills and his overall coaching experience, including his college experience, it will be great for our program.”

Enroth had around 14 players in his first practice on Monday.

“There is going to be a lot of training and teaching. I want the players to give me effort, commitment and focus and the skills to show through the season, ”said Enroth.

“We will hold the players accountable and establish some discipline. We want to teach them the right habits that will help them be successful on and off the ice. We will make the exercises competitive in practice. We will also be checking their ratings as we cannot afford to lose players due to ratings.

Enroth intends to invest time in youth programs and wants his players to spend time with young players to give them something to aspire to and to create a community atmosphere.

He said he hoped their numbers would increase each year as more and more young people became interested.

“You have to have more than 13 to 14 players,” Enroth said. “So we will try to grow and develop the program. It will not happen overnight. But I’m not afraid to take on a challenge.

Enroth is assisted by Tony Marino, who was the head coach between Trickey’s two runs.

Houlton-Hodgdon was severely limited in its number of games last winter due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Blackhawks were 3-14-1 in the 2018-19 regular season after going 8-9-1 in 2017-18 and 9-8-1 in 2016-17. In the previous three seasons, they were a 2-51-0 combined.

Virginia S. Braud