BANGOR, Maine (March 7, 2014) – This evening, the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches (MABC) presented its prestigious D. Robert Brown Contributor Award to legendary coach Ron Cote of Biddeford. The award was presented at the 2014 Maine McDonald’s® High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games banquet in Bangor.
Each year, MABC’s All-Star Games Committee selects an honoree who has made a significant contribution to the sport of basketball in Maine.
“For Ron, basketball is not only a passion, but also has been a lifetime commitment,” said Mike Giordano, MABC President and Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Scarborough High School. “He has been involved in Maine High School basketball in numerous capacities for 40 years and we are proud to recognize him for his many contributions to Maine high school basketball.”
Also honored at the MABC Awards Banquet were members of the All-State Academic Team, the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Players, All-Star Coaches, the Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game Award recipients, Team of the Year recipients, the MABC Media Award honoree, and Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball.
The 2014 Maine McDonald's High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games marks McDonald’s 26th consecutive year as lead sponsor of this event. This year’s games will be played at Newman Gymnasium on the campus of Husson University in Bangor on Saturday, March 8th. Game day tickets are good for all four Games and may be purchased at the door. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and children. More information is available at www.mainemcdonaldsbasketball.org
Net proceeds from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Maine. RMHC of Maine is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help Maine children and families lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. Since it was founded in 1989, RMHC of Maine has granted more than $2 million to local children’s programs that have made a measurable impact in our community. For more information visit www.rmhcmaine.org
In addition to underwriting the cost of planning and executing the event, the Maine McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association, a collaboration of 16 local Maine McDonald’s franchisees, works hand-in-hand with the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches and these major sponsors to make the event possible: Dr Pepper, Maine Athletic Fundraising, H.O. Bouchard Inc. Transportation, Hannaford, Hancock Lumber, McCain Foods, WLBZ-2, Bangor and WCSH-6, Portland. In-kind sponsors include Coastal T-Shirts, Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, Hershey’s, Holiday Inn Bangor, Sign Shack of Maine and Bronson Audio/Visual.
2014 Recipient of the
D. Robert Brown Contributor Award
for Improving the Quality of Maine Basketball
Ron Cote is one of Maine’s most highly respected coaches. He has coached boys and girls sports for nearly 40 years, leaving a legacy of success at every turn. For those who know Coach Cote, his teams have always been well prepared, well conditioned and ready to compete in every game. His aggressive and intense game style has been as much fun to play as it is to watch.
Ron’s distinguished career began in 1973 and he has since coached a variety of sports. He coached Boys Basketball at Brewer High School for two years and Biddeford High School for sixteen years where his teams played in three Western Maine Finals, twice runners-up and one Western Maine Championship and were State Championship runners-up. Ron also coached Girls Basketball at Biddeford for six years, making it into tournament play each year and into one Western Maine Final. He most recently coached the Girls Basketball team at Scarborough High School for one year, compiling a 16-4 record again making it into tournament play. In addition, Ron coached Men’s Basketball at the University of New England for seven years, playing into the post season every year.
For eleven years, Ron coached Boys Baseball at Biddeford High School, earning one state championship. And, for sixteen years, he served as Biddeford’s Football Offensive Coordinator, alongside legendary Coach Mike Landry, leading teams to five state championships.
Ron’s long history of success has brought him many accolades as well, including:
- Coach of the Year - Basketball: 3 times
- Coach of the Year - Baseball: 3 times
- Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star Coach: 5 times (4 boys teamS; 1 girls team)
- 2003 State of Maine Sports Legends Hall of Fame Inductee
- Maine Athletic Conference (MAC) Coach of the Year – University of New England
- In 2010, the Girls’ Basketball SMAA Conference renamed the Coach of the Year Award, the “Ron Cote Award”
- 2013 Biddeford High School Hall of Honors Inductee
A retired educator of 37 years, Ron and his wife, Claire, make their home in Biddeford where Ron was born and raised. They have been married for 42 years and have two adult children, Christopher and Jennifer, and three grandchildren.