BANGOR, Maine — Al Mosca has been an active part of the Bangor football community since he started playing in the city’s Pop Warner program as a sixth-grader.

Now he’ll get the chance to lead that community.

Mosca, whose coaching resume in the Queen City spans more than two decades, gained school committee approval Wednesday evening to become the new head football coach at Bangor High School.

“I’ve always wanted to be a coach. I’ve known this is what I wanted to do since I was a kid,” said the Bangor native. “For me to be a head coach at Bangor … this is where I’m from, this is where I played, this has been a goal of mine my whole life. This is very, very special to me.”

Mosca, 42, replaces Mark Hackett, who stepped down in January after 14 years guiding the Rams. Hackett’s teams posted a 108-39 record during a tenure highlighted by one state championship, four Eastern Maine crowns and eight regional title-game appearances.

“Coach Mosca comes to work every day fully prepared to give a great effort in addition to having an outstanding attitude. He makes football fun,” said Bangor athletic administrator Steve Vanidestine. “He’s also fully committed to our mission and the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.”

Mosca played four years of football at Bangor High before graduating in 1990, then he competed at the postgraduate level for a year at Bridgton Academy.

Mosca earned a physical education degree from the University of Maine in 1995 but began his coaching career long before graduation day, joining the Bangor High staff while a college sophomore in 1992.

His duties focused on the freshman and eighth-grade teams through 1996 before becoming part of coach Gabby Price’s varsity staff for two years.

Mosca’s teaching career then took him out of town for three years, but when he landed his current job as an elementary physical education teacher at Bangor’s Fruit Street School in 2002, he rejoined the football program at his alma mater.

And he’s had a good view of that program ever since — Fruit Street School is adjacent to Cameron Stadium, Bangor High School football’s home base.

“I see the football field out of my school every day,” said Mosca.

Mosca was an assistant coach for the Rams’ freshman team through the 2005 season, then he was promoted to head freshman team coach, a post he held from 2006-12.

He ascended to varsity offensive coordinator under Hackett in 2013.

Mosca said immediate priorities are to meet with his players and coaching staff, and to work with Vanidestine on filling out that coaching staff.

“I also want to work with the feeder program to do whatever I can to help them be part of a strong vertical alignment in our football program from youth football all the way up to the varsity level,” he said.

Bangor finished the 2014 season with a 5-4 record, advancing to the Eastern Maine Class A semifinals before being ousted by top-seeded Cheverus of Portland.

“I’m getting a chance to work with some great young people and for an awesome administration,” said Mosca. “I’m looking forward to carrying on the proud tradition of Bangor football.”

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Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...