Kotes takes helm of Fort Kent boys soccer

FORT KENT, Maine — The SAD 27 school board on May 21 approved the appointment of Kalusha (Ka-lu-shaw) Kotes as the next boys soccer coach at Fort Kent Community High School.

Kotes replaces Oniqueky Samuels, who became the new men’s soccer coach at the University of Maine at Fort Kent following a 11-1-2 (13-2-2) season which included the Class C Northern Maine Champions and a hard-fought 1-0 defeat in the Class C State Final to Maranacook.

Kotes, who is from Montego Bay, Jamaica, was the top assistant coach last year with the Warriors under Samuels, as he completed his final year at UMFK and earned a bachelor of science degree in business management with a concentration in human resource management and sport management, graduating in early May.  

Kotes was team captain for the all four years with the Bengals 2014-2017 and helped lead UMFK to two USCAA National Championships in 2015 & 2016.  The versatile midfielder also excelled in the classroom and was named a USCAA Academic All-American in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Kotes holds a National Soccer Coaching License.   

This year’s Fort Kent Warriors graduate All-Aroostook forward Niko Naranja and key center back Sam Johnson, but will return an impressive core of players including midfielders Camden Jandreau, Noah Martin and Cody Plourde, as well as a strong defense anchored by seniors Josh Soucy, Caleb Delisle and goalie Reece Pelletier.

Fort Kent Community High School is also currently searching for a girls varsity head soccer coach.  Former coach Robby Nadeau has accepted the building principal position at Fort Kent Elementary School after eight years on the sidelines for the Lady Warriors.

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