CARIBOU – After 20 years in the coaching spectrum, longtime Caribou boys basketball head coach Chris Casavant is stepping away from the program.
Casavant’s attorney, Josh Tardy (who also serves as MCI boys basketball head coach), released a statement from Casavant making the move official. The first portion of it reads as followed:
“I would like to acknowledge that I have resigned as head coach of the Caribou Boys Basketball Team. The past 20 years have been very rewarding for me, both personally and professionally but after much thought I have concluded that this is the best thing for me and my family at the present time. I would like to thank the hundreds of student athletes that I have been proud to coach during my tenure here, and will always be thankful for the opportunity to compete with them in the proud tradition of Maine High School Basketball.”
Multiple sources familiar with the situation noted Casavant has been criticized by some members of the community for what they referred to as “old school” coaching techniques, a situation which Casavant alludes to in the remaining part of his statement.
“To be sure, Maine high school basketball has its challenges, but much of what has been said about the circumstances leading up to this decision is not accurate,” he continued in the release. “There may be an opportunity to address that in the future. I remain passionate about coaching basketball and working with the kids. I care about them, their character and want them to be successful on and off the court and that will never change.”
Tardy said no further comment could be provided at this time.
Casavant had been coaching alongside his father Bill, a legendary figure in Northern Maine, for more than 10 years. He is a member of both the Presque Isle High School and University of Maine at Presque Isle Halls of Fame after starring in basketball as a student.
Caribou went 6-12 in his final season as head coach, and lost to Belfast in the preliminary round of the Class B North playoffs.