Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:10

Mark Arnold takes over as MDI football head coach

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MOUNT DESERT ISLAND - Mark Shields spent more than 20 years patrolling the sidelines for the MDI Trojans football team, but now a familiar face is set to take over the program this summer.

Longtime assistant coach Mark Arnold was named head football coach Tuesday afternoon, after spending nine years besides Shields. Arnold has 19 years of coaching experience under his belt in total, including time spent as a head coach in Michigan and Wisconsin prior to coming to Maine. Now he's set to take over a program vacated by a local legend.


"Mark and I have a friendship that goes beyond coaching," Arnold said. "It's been the best professional opportunity to coach alongside Mark."


Arnold takes over a program that will have some rebuilding to do after losing a plethora of seniors whom helped the Trojans earn back-to-back state title game appearances. He said Tuesday his familiarity with the program's needs though should help make the transition even smoother.


"I just really felt like i was in a position to know what those challenges were for us over the next few years, and was excited to face those and work together with the group that's been here," he said.

Jon Alba

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Jon Alba joined ABC 7 and FOX 22 in September of 2015 to serve as sports director and anchor. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he served as general manager of the school's television station Q30 Television for two years.

During his tenure, Q30 was named "College Television Station of the Year" by the College Media Association in 2014, and picked up additional national award recognition as well. Jon has been acknowledged by the Society of Professional Journalists for his commitment to sports journalism, including his investigative work while covering Quinnipiac Athletics.

Prior to moving to Maine, Jon was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. There, he formed a passion for covering sports, knowing since age 5 he wanted to tell stories for a living.

In the past, Jon has worked at MLB Network, alongside MLB Advanced Media. Additionally, his work has been featured on AOL Sports. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @JonAlba.