Nate Quirion, who spent the last two football seasons as coach at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, will return to Husson University in Bangor this fall as an assistant under new Eagles head coach Nat Clark.

Quirion will serve his third stint as the Eagles’ running backs coach coach under Clark, the longtime Husson assistant who was named to replace the retired Gabby Price as head coach on Feb. 4.

During Quirion’s five previous years on the Husson staff, he coached the program’s three career rushing leaders in All-American John Smith and Husson Sports Hall of Famers Justin Lindie and Julius “Juice” Williams while helping the Eagles post a 37-16 combined record.

He also was part of coaching staffs that led Husson to the program’s first-ever postseason appearance in 2008 and their first conference championship and NCAA tournament berth in 2014.

The Winslow native and Winslow High School graduate played the 2000 season as a running back at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts.

Quirion’s coaching career began as an assistant at Messalonskee High School in Oakland from 2002 to 2006.

He first joined the Husson coaching staff in 2007 after he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from the Bangor school that year. He remained with the Eagles until returning to the high school ranks at Bangor High School in 2009 and 2010 and at Lawrence High School in Fairfield from 2011 to 2013.

Quirion returned to Husson from 2014 through 2016 before taking his first head coaching job at Mt. Blue where he guided the Cougars to a 5-12 overall record. Mt. Blue went 4-4 last fall and qualified for the Class B North playoffs.

Quirion and his wife, Nicole, live in Winslow with their son Dean and daughter Brynn. He has been a physical education teacher in the RSU 18 (Oakland area) school district since 2013.

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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...