The Maine Association of Basketball Coaches named Fort Kent Community High School varsity basketball coaches Kelly O’Leary (left) and Chad Cyr 2022 Class C North Girls’ and Boys’ Coaches of the Year respectively. Credit: Courtesy of John Kaleta

Maine Association of Basketball Coaches has selected Fort Kent’s Chad Cyr as Class C North Boys Coach of the Year.

Cyr said he is humbled by the honor and does not consider it an individual award.

Each year the MABC, composed of high school basketball coaches, votes to honor one girls coach and one boys coach in each class from the North and South.

 “These coaches typically have given above and beyond the call of duty and tend to bring out the best in their players,” according to the MABC website.

“Coaches cast their votes based on how teams represent themselves, their school system and their community. Teams represent in this fashion because of assistant coaches, supportive families, friends, and administrators,” Cyr said. “This to me is a community award and I am just pleased to be lucky enough to accept it.”

Cyr is in his third year coaching the Warriors who are the No. 1 seed in the Class C North division entering quarterfinal play in Bangor.

“Coach Chad is for the most part a calm and relaxed coach but gets on us when needed; he knows when to have fun and when to get to business,” Fort Kent senior Austin Delisle said. “For being a third year high school coach he has made many improvements that have obviously shown. I’m extremely happy for him to receive this award and looking forward to going into the tourney with him and the team.”

Cyr will also coach the McDonald’s All-Star boys team March 12 at Husson University.

“As far as coaching the All-Star game I haven’t put too much thought into it as the Warriors have been 100 percent priority at this point,” Cyr said. “The (Warriors) team has a goal set and I have been focused on doing everything I can to help them achieve it.”

Fort Kent girls’ coach Kelly O’Leary was selected the Class C North Girls Coach of the Year.

“Kelly and Chad both bring a welcoming and inclusive touch in their coaching style that makes each student athlete feel special and an important part of their teams,” Fort Kent Community High School Principal John Kaleta said. “We are so fortunate to have them both as coaches and so happy that their peers have recognized the important work they do.”