Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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John Morin admits it’s daunting to think about a fall without football – but he’s grateful that he had the chance to “live my dream.”
John Morin decided in January to step down after 16 years as Massabesic High School's football coach.
Staff file photos
Years John Morin was the Massabesic football coach
Times the Mustangs made the playoffs under Morin, reaching the regional finals three times
State championship won under Morin, in 2000 with a 12-0 season
Morin's overall record at Massabesic
He was an assistant at Edward Little for five years (one under Hersom, four under Bob Fallon) then for another 12 at Thornton Academy in Saco (under Dick Agreste).
He owes much to them. They instilled the coach-player relationship in him that he tried to follow at Massabesic. He was demanding, often emotional, but always tried to teach life lessons.
"He was intense, passionate and he got the most out of you," said senior back Casey Nava. "I faced his wrath at times. It pushed me and, in the end, made me a better player."
The Mustangs had a 2-6 record last fall. In fact, they were only 6-18 his last three years. But that's not why Morin stepped way.
"If you go back to the real reason I wanted to be a head coach, the question became was I still positively affecting young men in that coach-player role development," he said. "To be honest, not to the extent that I had previously. If I knew (why), it wouldn't have happened.
"But I don't think I'm reaching the number of young men I did."
The 12-0 Class A state championship team, in just his fourth year at the school, was the high point, obviously. But Morin said there were many highlights, many players who had a hand in his success.
But one memory does stand out. Until recently, Morin had a photo in his office. It was one of the iconic photos in NFL history: Vince Lombardi being carried off the field on the shoulders of his players after winning a championship for the Green Bay Packers.
What made the photo perfect, said Morin, was the look of joy on the face of Jerry Kramer, one of the players holding Lombardi.
When the Mustangs won the championship in 2000, Morin was likewise carried on the shoulders of his players. And he saw the same joy in their faces.
"That was it," he said. "I lived my dream. For 16 years, the people in this school district, the principals, the athletic directors, the parents, the players, they all allowed me to come here and live my dream.
"Not many people can say that."
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