PORTLAND, Maine -- The Portland Sea Dogs have announced that Paul Coughlin has been hired as the teams' new public address announcer. Sea Dogs executive vice-president and general manager, Geoff Iacuessa, made the announcement.
Coughlin replaces Dean Rogers, who stepped down from the position in the fall after 19 seasons behind the microphone at Hadlock Field.
Nearly 100 people auditioned for the position in the fall, in which seven finalists were selected.
"Our selection committee was impressed with the quality and sound of Coughlin's voice," stated Iacuessa. "We believe his voice will resonate well with the fans throughout Hadlock Field. He is both passionate and knowledgeable about the game of baseball, quick thinking, and is someone who will fit in well with our staff."
Coughlin, a lifelong baseball fan is an English teacher at Bonny Eagle High School. Additionally, he has experience as a singer and a musician. Coughlin attended Springfield College and the University of Southern Maine. Originally from Massachusetts, Coughlin and his wife Glema have called Wells home for 14 years.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the Sea Dogs' organization," said Coughlin. "I feel like I made the team. Dean remains a consummate professional and I hope to continue along that vein."
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