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Madawaska ski coach awarded coach of the year

MADAWASKA, Maine — Madawaska High School’s ski coach Colin Jandreau was selected by the Maine Principals’ Association to receive the 2019-2020 boys’ Nordic Coach of the Year. 

Executive Director of the Interscholastic Division of the Maine Principals’ Association Michael Bisson said the award selection was based on “ the positive work that [Jandreau] has done with the athletes in [the] program.”

“We take recommendations from each sport committee and work with the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association in deciding on a Coach of the Year for Maine in each of our activities,” Bisson said. 

Jandreau has coached the varsity Nordic ski team for more than 10 years and led the team to many victories, but before that, Jandreau coached anything from little league baseball to tennis; from peewees to varsity. 

Madawaska coach Colin Jandreau waits on the course for the start of the boys’ race at the season’s first Nordic ski meet, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at Four Seasons Trail facility in Madawaska. (File Photo|St. John Valley Times)

“In my opinion sports provides great learning opportunities for athletes to challenge themselves and set goals,” Jandreau said. “My philosophy of coaching revolves around three areas of focus: enthusiasm, expertise and professionalism all of which are utilized to help each athlete improve.”

While Jandreau said his Nordic varsity team has had individual and team success, the main focus is to help the athletes get better and “enjoy being outside.”

“The thing that stands out with Colin is his energy, his enthusiasm, and his positive attitude,” said Lynn Wetmore, athletic director at the Madawaska School Department. “He will always address a student or athlete in a positive way.”

Wetmore went on to say that she’s never heard anything negative come from Jandreau and that he even cheers on the other teams they compete against. 

“I’ve been very lucky to have so many people share their knowledge of Nordic skiing with me over the years from athletes to coaches and others so I’m very grateful to all of them for their help,” Jandreau said. “I’ve learned a lot from some very talented folks.”

Now that Jandreau was selected by the MPA, he will go on to be considered for honors at even the national levels. 

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