April 1, 2013

Cote grudgingly steps away

Health problems have forced veteran basketball coach Ron Cote out of the game – again.

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Ron Cote, one of Maine’s most highly respected basketball coaches during a career that dates back to 1973, resigned last month after just one season as coach of the Scarborough High’s girls’ team.

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"He's a person I have a lot of feelings for," said Briggs, whose daughter Ashley is a sophomore at Scarborough. "I think this is the right decision for him, his family, and for everything he wants to do."

Mike Giordano, the girls' coach at South Portland, said Cote's departure is a loss for everyone, not just Scarborough.

"He has so much to offer the kids," said Giordano. "It's a loss for the game, it's a loss for the community. He's not just an Xs and Os coach, but a life lesson coach."

Cote hopes to continue in some way. He wants to offer individual lessons to players, as he did for years with Andrew Shaw, the former Thornton Academy star who now plays at Bentley University. He also wants to help coaches who would like his advice. Cote said he has already spoken to a couple coaches who wanted to learn more about the match-up zone defense and flex offense that he has employed -- very successfully -- over 36 years.

"That's the kind of stuff I enjoy doing," said Cote.

Cote took the Scarborough job knowing the program's recent history. He was following Jim Seavey and Maines, two highly-successful coaches who left for personal reasons, Maines after just one year. "I didn't go there intending to be a short time," said Cote. "But I needed to relieve stress from my life and try to take care of myself.

"You know, my whole career has been about helping other people. I think my body is telling me something, to take care of myself."

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