Portland Press Herald/Forecaster honor

RDHS graduate Madore high school boys coach of decade

Former Tiger, now Flyer, has won 10 straight boys titles at Waynflete
By Zack Miller | Jan 15, 2020
Courtesy of: John Ewing/Portland Press Herald Waynflete Academy tennis coach Jeff Madore.

Cumberland — Sometimes it takes a while for a person to find their niche, but when they do, success is likely to follow.

Rockland District High School graduate Jeff Madore fits that bill nicely, as the former Tiger, turned Flyer, at Waynflete Academy in Portland, has been named the Portland edition high school coach of the decade by the Portland Press Herald and Forecaster, newspapers in Southern Maine.

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The former Tiger football, basketball and baseball player was a no-brainer for the honor, as he won state Class C titles in boys tennis for 10 straight seasons, 2009-2019, and others before the decade began with the school's girls court team.

The 1968 University of Maine chemical engineering graduate said he experienced "surprise, and some disbelief," when he found out he had been voted the best boys coach, in any sport, in the past decade.

He joked he had heard he won the award from "players, friends, and the [Waynflete] athletic director, but still have not seen it in writing. So, it could be a hoax."

Madore's tennis coaching career started in 2002, when he took over the Waynflete girls tennis team.

"I received a call from a friend just prior to the 2002 season that the girls team needed a coach, and was asked if I would consider doing it," Madore said. "I Interviewed with the AD and the three captains and was hired."

Madore's coaching success started with a bang, as he won two state Class C championships in his three years at the helm of the Flyers' girls squad. Under his leadership, the Waynflete girls never suffered a losing season.

"[The AD] said one of the captains who originally thought I should not be hired because of no prior experience coaching tennis, came to him and said she was wrong, and that I was the best coach she had played for in all sports," said Madore.

The now 74-year-old Cumberland resident, a 1963 RDHS graduate, took over the Waynflete boys tennis squad in 2008, and after a 6-8 first season, guided the Flyers to a state championship for 10 straight seasons, which included their latest title, a 4-1 victory over Orono, on June 8, 2019.

"I am joyful and proud knowing perhaps I have influenced some young lives in helping them become better tennis players and people," said Madore. "The wins are nice, but not what is most important. Ensuring all players have a positive experience is key to me."

In addition to this latest honor, Madore has won the Maine Tennis Association coach of the year twice, and named coach of the year by the Portland Press Herald and Forecaster three times. In addition, he was selected the National Federation of State High School Association's coach of the year for Maine in 2019.

Madore was also recently named the Northeast Section Boys Tennis coach of the year by the NFSH, over coaches from Maine, Conn., Mass., N.H., N.J., N.Y., R.I. and Vt. Candidates were selected based on their performance in the 2018-2019 season, community involvement, school involvement and philosophy of coaching.

Madore, who also has won state titles with the Waynflete girls tennis team (he has 13 state crowns overall to his credit), resides in Cumberland with his wife, Sally, and has a brother, Jay, who lives in Owls Head.

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