The Duffel Bag: A sports talk blog with Dale Duff

Former Maine high school coach still exudes passion for game

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 11:19 a.m.

I never got the chance to see Ken Perrone coach John Bapst and Brewer high school football teams. After all, his first year at Bapst was 1961 and 50 football seasons ago I wasn’t even old enough to pick potatoes during school harvest break in Houlton.

But when I have had the chance to chat with Coach Perrone over the years, the latest being Saturday after his induction into the John Bapst Athletic Hall of Fame, I see why he has been so successful coaching kids for over 5 decades. The passion for coaching drips from his face when he talks about his teams. How many coaches do you know have the passion to stay in coaching for that long?

Including coaching in Maine and Massachusetts, Ken Perrone baseball and football teams have won close to 1,400 times. He says this school year at Salem State will be his final year coaching.

He said it with such passion!

Items from the Duffel Bag

—- Speaking of coaches, Dave Gonyar will take over the baseball program at John Bapst. He played his college ball at UMaine and had great success coaching at Bucksport HS.

Baseball in this area is better having Coach Gonyar back in a dugout…

—- Must see TV — Thursday night when the NFL Network airs the Bill Belichick documentary. They had him mic’d up for the entire 2009 season…

—- Tip of the cap to Newscenter’s Bill Green – inducted into the Maine Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame Saturday night. The countless of hours of prep, the time spent travelling to get to the stories, and those editing room hours! Hall of Famer indeed…

—- Former Husson basketball star Josh Jones gets to tryout for the NBA D-League.

I don’t know if he’ll stick with a team. I do know he was one exciting player to watch in college…

—- Red Sox thoughts…watching Kevin Youkilis grind it out, I can’t help but think

3B Will Middlebrooks is one of the most important farm hands in the Sox system…The Pawtucket Red Sox were 3 and done in the AAA playoffs, mainly because Lavarnway, Dubront, Weiland and others are up with the Sox… I chuckled recently when I read that Tim Wakefield won his first game in 1992. There were only 26 teams in MLB then. The win came at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.

—- That stadium was imploded in 2001… Speaking of the Sox and implosions…..just kidding!

See you on the radio… AM620 WZON weekdays at 4 p.m.!

Dale Duff is a sportscaster and program director at WZON radio station in Bangor and is also a former news reporter and sports director of WLBZ-TV of Bangor.

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