Chad Cooper named new Mattanawcook Academy men’s basketball coach
September 17 — When Chad Cooper tried to get his son into Dexter Recreation Department sports teams about 15 years ago, he was initially turned down because the youngster was not old enough for programming. available.
“A week later the recreation manager called back and said, ‘You still want your son to come early? Well, I need a trainer,’” he recalls.
Cooper has been a coach ever since, and he is now the new boys varsity basketball coach at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln.
Cooper replaces Lucas Turner, who guided the Lynx for five years until he was named deputy director of MA earlier this summer.
After a 1-17 season debut with MA in Class B in 2016-17, Turner led the Lynx to a 40-21 record in Class C North over the next three seasons with three consecutive playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2019 regional semi-finals.
State teams played regionalised schedules without a traditional tournament last winter due to COVID-19.
“I was hired at the end of the summer season, so I only had a few weeks to work with the kids,” Cooper said. “But we played a few scrums and had a few practice sessions to try to lay the groundwork and define the culture and get to know some of the kids.”
Cooper rose through the ranks of his coaching education at the recreation department level to lead the “B” and “A” boys basketball teams at Ridge View Community School in Dexter. He also assisted Peter Murray, longtime Dexter Regional High School boys’ basketball coach, and top assistant Mike Martin.
“I just learned so much from Peter and Mike and [Dexter girls varsity basketball coach] Jody Grant, ”he said.
Cooper, who works as a probation officer in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, also has considerable experience coaching AUA basketball with players at the junior and college levels.
“This is his first college job, but we felt he was ready to take the next step,” said MA Athletic administrator Barry Terrill. “He really has a lot of enthusiasm for the game and has been involved with AAU level teams, so he has experience coaching high school students, and he’s really looking forward to working with our program. basketball for boys. “
Cooper and his family lived in Dexter, but recently purchased a waterfront property in Lincoln. They originally planned to use it as a camp, but now live there full time.
“Around the same time we moved, this job opened up and I was lucky enough to get it,” he said.
Cooper said he wanted to be a head coach in high school seven or eight years ago.
“As I progressed I was always evaluating different coaches who were there to see how they were organizing things and how they were handling situations, and I started to formulate my game plan for what I wanted to do. if ever I had the opportunity to run a program, ”he said.
Cooper is still learning more about his new team, but said read-and-reaction offense and man-to-man defense will likely be staples of his training approach with the Lynxes. .
“My experience with the Lincoln kids going there with Peter and Mike with the Dexter teams is that they’ve always had difficult kids so I think that’s going to fit into my style perfectly. training, ”he said.