Portland edition Fall Coaches of the Year

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Deering’s boys’ cross country team enjoyed its best season in over a decade and while the Rams featured an abundance of strong runners, Frank Myatt put the pieces together and got them to the next level.

For his efforts, Frank Myatt is The Forecaster’s choice for our Portland edition Fall Coach of the Year, of a boys’ team.

Myatt ran track and was the boys’ basketball team manager at Cheverus and is also the son of longtime Deering girls’ coach Gerry Myatt.

Frank Myatt took over the Rams boys’ team in 2012, inheriting a squad which was 11th at the previous year’s Class A state meet. By last year, Deering was a top five finisher and this season, the Rams didn’t lose a single regular season meet and were second only to Falmouth at the regional and state meets (their best showing at states since 2003). Deering qualified for New Englands as a team for the first time since 2002, putting an impressive punctuation mark on the season.

Myatt, who also teaches at Deering, is the color commentator for Portland boys’ basketball on WPPS public television.

Frank Myatt, our Portland edition boys’ team Fall Coach of the Year, has established Deering’s cross country team as a top contender. The Rams, and their coach will be heard from plenty in the years to come.

Prior winners:

2015 Jason Jackson (Deering football)

2014 Colin Minte (Cheverus soccer)

2013 Rocco Frenzilli (Portland soccer)

2012 John Wolfgram (Cheverus football)

2011 Brandon Salway (Waynflete soccer)

2010 Rocco Frenzilli (Portland soccer)

2009 John Wolfgram (Cheverus football)

2008 Billy Goodman (Deering golf)

2007 Andy LeFebvre (Deering soccer)

2006 John Simpson (Cheverus cross country)

2005 Jim Ouellette (Cheverus golf)

2004 Mike Bailey (Portland football)



Cheverus’ girls’ soccer team was one of the feel-good stories of the fall, surging into contention. The Stags were able to get the job done with established players and the addition of some superb freshmen. That combination doesn’t always work, but thanks to the coaching of Craig Roberts, harmony turned into victory.

For his efforts, Craig Roberts is The Forecaster’s choice for our Portland edition Fall Coach of the Year, of a girls’ team.

Roberts played soccer at Greely and Bowdoin College, served as an assistant with championship Cape Elizabeth girls’ teams in the 1990s, later became a college ref and coached at the youth level before inheriting the Cheverus job from longtime coach Dan Lavallee in 2013.

The Stags made the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, but finished below .500. This fall, Cheverus wasn’t on anyone’s radar and lost its opener at Portland, then roared to life. The Stags enjoyed a 5-0-1 stretch, then closed on a four-game surge to win 10 games (their best mark since 2010) and earn the No. 3 seed in Class A South. A quarterfinal round loss to Windham followed, but didn’t detract from what was a terrific campaign.

Much of the offense this year came from freshmen Emma Gallant and Lauren Jordan. Five seniors provided leadership and several other players contributed as well. Cheverus’ team approach paid triumphant dividends.

Roberts also teaches social studies at Scarborough High School. He’ll return to a Cheverus soccer team next fall that will have high expectations.

The Stags shouldn’t have any trouble meeting them, however. With Craig Roberts, our Portland edition girls’ team Fall Coach of the Year at the helm, sustained excellence likely awaits.

Prior winners:

2015 Amy Ashley (Cheverus field hockey)

2014 Arthur Mosen (Portland soccer)

2013 Todd Dominski (Waynflete soccer)

2012 Todd Dominski (Waynflete soccer)

2011 Beth Arsenault (Portland field hockey)

2010 Noelle Surette (Waynflete field hockey)

2009 Amy McMullin (Cheverus field hockey)

2008 Ziggy Gillespie (Waynflete cross country)

2007 Patsy Fowler (Cheverus field hockey)

2006 Dave Levasseur (Portland soccer)

2005 Tim Donovan (McAuley cross country)

2004 Jon Shardlow (Waynflete soccer)

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

Sports Editor of The Forecaster since 2001. Find detailed game stories at theforecaster.net. I tweet prodigiously at @foresports.