HAMPDEN, Maine — David King has no idea what his record is as the track coach at Hampden Academy but he is determined to keep the position.

King, 70, of Hampden first coached track in the 1974-75 season, he said Wednesday as his team warmed up to head out for a mile-long run in the chilly afternoon air. He has coached the team for all but a few years since.

“I started off with a lot enthusiasm and very little knowledge,” he said. “I think I’ve kept the enthusiasm and picked up a little knowledge along the way. And, I love doing it.”

King retained his position as track coach for a $6,000-a-year stipend after he was fired in June 2013 as a social studies teacher, according to a previously published report. He sued RSU 22 in September 2014 alleging age discrimination in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

The district claimed in court documents that King, who had taught in the district since 1969, did not comply with the requirements of certain students’ individual education plans, failed to provide feedback to students, and lectured rather than engaged students in his classes.

The lawsuit was settled on Oct. 15 for $165,000 — $14,000 in wages and $83,000 in compensatory damages, according to court documents. His attorney, A.J. Greif of Bangor, was to be paid the other $68,000. The settlement hit a snag a week later over whether King would be able to continue as the track coach.

The issue needed to be solved quickly because track season began Nov. 16.

Greif claimed that King amended a section of the settlement agreement that said he would “not seek re-employment or reinstatement” to include the phrase “other than as a coach of indoor and outdoor track.”

Portland attorney Melissa Hewey, who represented the district, said that King had not been hired to coach track for the 2015-16 season.

A compromise was reached and Greif filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Nov. 12.

“I think the fact that Mr. King is continuing to act as a coach proves the point the District has been making all along — that the elimination of his position had nothing to do with his age and everything to do with his performance as a teacher,” Hewey said Nov. 13 in an email. “He has performed well as a coach and he still has that job; he did not perform as well as others in his department as a teacher.”

King said that this may be his last year of coaching.

“I can’t apply for the position under the settlement, but I can be appointed to it without asking for it,” he said Wednesday. “I don’t know what will happen next year.”

Hampden Academy junior Wyatt Lataille, 17, of Hampden said Wednesday that he’s pleased King is coaching this season.

“He’s very knowledgeable about track,” he said. “He’s been doing it a long time and he really cares about the team. And, he works really hard.”

While King may not recall his overall record during his more than 30 years of coaching, he said Wednesday that last year’s girls and boys teams won their conference championships in indoor track.