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Southern edition Coaches of the Year

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Southern edition Coaches of the Year

BOYS' TEAM

DEREK VEILLEUX, CAPE ELIZABETH CROSS COUNTRY

Cape Elizabeth's boys' cross country team has long been a contender, but since winning the championship in 2006, the Capers hadn't been able to get back to the pinnacle. This year, a championship opportunity presented itself and Cape Elizabeth took it.

For laying the foundation for a strong team and for guiding it past many obstacles, Derek Veilleux gets The Forecaster's nod as our boys' team Coach of the Year. Veilleux was also named Coach of the Year in the winters of 2009 and 2012.

Veilleux grew up in Fairfield and ran at Lawrence High and the University of Southern Maine.

After replacing David Weatherbie as coach in 2010, Veilleux and the Capers were one of the better teams in the region, coming in and third and fifth respectively at the state meet the past two years, but with five of the top seven runners returning this fall and without a team viewed as a clear favorite, Veilleux felt his team had a chance to move up the standings all the way to the top spot.

The Capers trained well in the offseason and developed a solid pack. Instead of easing its way up the ladder, Cape Elizabeth made an immediate splash, winning its first four meets. By the postseason, the Capers had attracted a great deal of buzz and after placing second to Falmouth at the conference championships, leapfrogged the Yachtsmen for first at regionals. Then, at the state meet, Cape Elizabeth again had no peer, taking the title for the ninth time.

Veilleux is about to enter his ninth winter as Red Storm indoor coach, having led Scarborough to three of the past four Class A titles, and has been the Red Storm's outdoor coach since 2002. He's also a great ambassador for cross country and track and field.

That, along with his success, figures to continue. Derek Veilleux, our boys' team Coach of the Year, has shown he can get the most out of his athletes. Regardless of which team, season or town he coaches.

Prior winners:

2011: Steve Stinson (South Portland football)

2010: Lance Johnson (Scarborough football)

2009; Aaron Filieo (Cape Elizabeth football)

2008: Mark Diaz (Scarborough soccer)

2007: Steve Stinson (South Portland football)

2006: Aaron Filieo (Cape Elizabeth football)

2005: Mark Diaz (Scarborough soccer)

2004: Jim Harmon (Scarborough cross country)

2003: Mark Diaz (Scarborough soccer)

2002: Jack Flynn (Scarborough football)

2001: Jack Flynn (Scarborough football)

GIRLS' TEAM

MIKE FARLEY—SCARBOROUGH SOCCER

* Western Maine girls' Coach of the Year

* NSCAA Region 1 girls' Large School Coach of the Year finalist

Scarborough's girls' soccer team won a championship this fall, but it certainly wasn't easy. In a league filled with parity and a postseason rife with potholes, somehow the Red Storm persevered, stayed confident, was at its best in the biggest moments and got to celebrate after beating Bangor in double overtime in the state final.

Keeping Scarborough hungry, focused and putting the right pieces in the right places, including one that led directly to the championship game winner, was coach Mike Farley, who has established the Red Storm as the premier girls' program in Class A.

For his leadership skills and success, Mike Farley is getting The Forecaster's nod as our girls' team Coach of the Year, for the second time in three seasons.

Farley played football, soccer and basketball at high school in Montana and played soccer and lacrosse at the University of New England. While in college, Farley caught the coaching bug and before coming to Scarborough, coached with the Odyssey premier program.

He inherited the Red Storm in 2005 and after a series of playoff heartbreaks, got Scarborough over the hump in 2010, a season which remarkably saw the Red Storm not surrender a single goal in the normal run of play (it did give up one on a penalty kick). Scarborough got back to the state game in 2011, but lost decisively to Bangor.

This season, many felt that Windham and Thornton Academy were the teams to beat and sure enough, the Red Storm lost to the Golden Trojans and settled for a draw versus the Eagles, but Scarborough won every other game as Farley adeptly played his chessboard of talented players, including moving senior Sarah Martens up top.

The playoffs would prove that decision prescient as Martens scored six goals, including the winners against Sanford in the quarterfinals, Thornton Academy in the semis, Cape Elizabeth in the regional final and finally, Bangor in overtime of the state game.

Farley was named Coach of the Year by his peers and is a finalist for a New England Coach of the Year award.

Those honors won't be the last. Farley figures to have more success to come as the Scarborough program never rebuilds, only reloads.

That means this award probably won't be the last he'll receive. Mike Farley, our girls' team Coach of the Year, has taken the Red Storm to the next level. Again.

Prior winners:

2011: Jon Roberts (Scarborough volleyball)

2010: Mike Farley (Scarborough soccer)

2009: Kerry Mariello (Scarborough field hockey)

2008: Ron Kelly (Scarborough cross country)

2007: Kerry Mariello (Scarborough field hockey)

2006: Jody King (Scarborough volleyball)

2005: Mary Ann Doss (Cape Elizabeth cross country)

2004: Kerry Mariello (Scarborough field hockey)

2003: Mary Ann Doss (Cape Elizabeth cross country)

2002: Maureen Curran (South Portland field hockey)

2001: Erin McLaughlin (Scarborough field hockey)