New Hampden Academy football coach Shane Rogers and new Hermon football coach Kyle Gallant ran their first practices Monday as the high school fall sports season kicks in.

At Hermon, Gallant takes over a Hawks program that finished 2-6 a year ago. He has been involved in the youth football program in Hermon in recent years and coached the middle school team.

Gallant is a former quarterback for the John Bapst Crusaders and was an assistant coach at Bapst for six seasons under head coach Dan O'Connell.

Former Husson running back Julius Williams along with former John Bapst and UMaine player Max Andrews are new to the coaching staff under Gallant.

The Hawks open their season at Old Town on Friday, September 1st.

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At Hampden, former Husson University linebacker Shane Rogers takes over the football program from Fred Lower who was named Broncos athletic administrator during the summer..

Rogers captained the Eagles in his playing days and was inducted into the Husson Hall of Fame in 2015. He was an assistant coach under coach Gabby Price for six seasons.

Former Husson players Logan Steward and Ryan Stroud have joined the Hampden staff as assistant coaches.

The Broncos open their season at home vs Nokomis on Friday, September 1st.

NOTE: Check out what the new coaches have to say about day one of training camp during today's 'Morning Pitch Show' on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket at 6am.