Larrabee looks to lead Mustangs to new heightsBelfast Area High School graduate now coaches for Waldo County rival
Thorndike — Mount View High School has announced the hiring of its new boys varsity high school basketball coach, and the Mustangs did not need to look far, finding a worthy candidate within the school's walls.
Chad Larrabee will roam the area in front of the bench for the Mustang squad this winter, stepping in for Steve Caron, who resigned after nearly seven seasons as varsity coach.
“I'm thrilled,” said Larrabee of landing his first varsity head coaching job. “It's been a dream of mine. There's some really great kids at Mount View and I have a deep respect for the tradition at Mount View. I grew up idolizing players like David Heslam and Bubba Garnett and have a great admiration for coach [Greg] Reid back in the late 1980s. It's a title I'm never going to take for granted.”
“I have a deep respect for the tradition here and the kids are great," the new coach said.
"We are very happy to add Chad to the staff as we move forward," said Mount View athletic director Chuck Karter.
Larrabee, a 1996 graduate of Belfast Area High School and Belmont resident, was a three-sport athlete for the Lions, playing soccer, basketball and baseball.
He was a two-time all-conference selection on the diamond as a junior and senior, while also earning an all-conference selection on the basketball court as a senior, finishing as runner-up to Rockland's Matt Breen for Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B player of the year.
Breen is the boys varsity coach for Oceanside High School. The two will coach against each other on the court.
Larrabee went on to play basketball for and graduate from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in therapeutic recreation before taking a job as a specialist at Jobs for Maine's Graduates, where he has worked at Mount View Middle School the past eight years.
According to the organization's website, JMG is a statewide nonprofit that works within Maine's public schools to help students reach their fullest potential. JMG serves more than 4,500 students from grades 6-12 in 71 programs throughout Maine.
Larrabee has been coaching “at various levels” the last 15 years, primarily at the middle school level for various sports.
Larrabee has a strong, young nucleus of players, and group of which he is excited to coach.
“I'm going to be asking a lot of these kids,” he said. “I'm going to be asking them to be disciplined and it's going to be up to me to model the way.”
The former Lion does not anticipate any difficulty returning to his alma mater at BAHS to coach as he is a “Mount View guy now.”
“I have a lot of respect for Belfast and what they've been able to do the past years and the program they've had,” he said. “I have a lot of friends in the area and in the community, but I don't think it will be hard [returning].”
Larrabee said that he “pretty much grew up” at his grandparent's farm in Knox and “growing up on a farm really taught me a lot of life lessons that I'm going to carry on with coaching.”
“We have to get better every day,” he said. “We have to be better than yesterday, but not better than tomorrow. We have a young nucleus of players and there's a lot of potential.”
Larrabee said that fundamentals and principles “are things we're going to concentrate on,” along with attitude.
“Attitude will be a huge thing for us and something I'm going to preach every day,” he said. “That's the only thing we can control on a daily basis and we have to come to work every day with a great attitude.”
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.
Mark is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, fantasy sports, the AMC drama "Breaking Bad" and iced coffee.
He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn and sons Beckett and Austin.
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