February 13, 2013

High School Swimming Preview: The Massabesic coach they'll never forget

The Mustangs are embarking on their first year without Kevin Broad, 45, who died in August.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Abbey Auger of Massabesic told her late coach, Kevin Broad, that she would break a school record, and she’s determined to do it.

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Kevin Broad coached Massabesic for five years, showing what it was to care and teach.

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Auger, who promised Broad she would get the 100 breast school record, fell five seconds short of her goal but vowed to break 1:11 by season's end.

"I really needed to come back," Auger said, "and prove to myself that after such a big loss to our team, we can move on."

It won't be easy.

There will be good days. There will be bad days. There will be tears.

Niven, who headed the Kennebunk High program for three years, is a sixth-grade science teacher in the Massabesic system. A soft-spoken 31-year-old, he knew Broad as a respected colleague.

"As sad and as heartbroken as I am, there really couldn't be a more perfect person to replace Kevin at this particular time than Chris," Chamberlain said. "He quietly gets the fact that we're all still grieving."

Chamberlain kept catching herself during Friday's meet staring across the pool at the spot near the blocks where Broad always stood. Massabesic swims again this Friday against Portland. Soon there will be the first Southwesterns meet without Broad, then the first state meet without him.

They will get through this. They will do it together.

 

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Connor Mayhew, a Massabesic High senior, has numerous memories of Coach Kevin Broad, and even went to visit him twice in Philadelphia, where Broad was being treated.

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