CUMBERLAND, Maine — When Ken Marks stepped down last month as the Greely boys’ basketball coach after 25 seasons, 346 victories and three Class B state championships, the program didn’t have to look far for his replacement.
The new Rangers head man is Travis Seaver, who led Greely to back-to-back state championships as a player in the late 1990s and has served as the program’s junior varsity coach the past seven seasons.
Other than spending his college career playing at Saint Joseph’s College, Greely is the only program that Seaver has known and he can’t wait to put his stamp on it.
“I’m really excited,” said Seaver. “I have a lot of passion for Greely basketball. It’s in my blood. [Coaching Greely is] something I always thought about doing, but I thought we’d squeak a couple more years out of Ken.”
Seaver inherits a program that is a perennial contender in Western Class B. A year ago, the Rangers were upset by Lincoln Academy in the preliminary round and finished 13-6. With an abundance of talent set to return this winter, Seaver knows he’s stepping into a great situation.
“It’s a very unique opportunity,” Seaver said. “Familiarity with the players and program is a huge thing. Greely’s well established. Blessed to have talented teams over the years. We should be talented going forward.”
Seaver said that while he brings “new blood,” he doesn’t expect players and fans will notice much difference between his style and the coach who paced the sidelines for the past quarter century.
“There will be overlap,” Seaver said. “I played and coached for Ken. He’s been a great mentor. It won’t be a dramatic change for the kids in the program.”
Marks feels that Seaver was the perfect choice.
“I think he’ll be a great successor,” Marks said. “He has a passion for basketball and for Greely High School. He has a tremendous knowledge of the game, a competitive fire, youth and he brings the family concept to Greely basketball. He has a great deal of pride if the program and I see that continuing. He has a great reputation and great rapport with the players and parents. I felt he was the right guy.”
Greely athletic director David Shapiro echoed Marks’ thoughts and said that while there were several strong applicants, Seaver stood out.
“Travis was appealing on several levels,” said Shapiro. “He’s a Greely graduate. That’s big. He’s been in our system as a coach for seven years. Just as important is his knowledge and enthusiasm for the game. He has a really good connection with the kids. Everyone on the [selection] committee was impressed with him. He’s not different from his predecessor, but has his own personal touch. There’s a great program in place and he’s a big piece of that. He’ll be the face of Greely basketball.”
Seaver, 31, works for an investment firm in Portland and lives in Cumberland with his wife, Jennifer, who also played basketball at St. Joe’s. The Seavers have 14-month-old twin daughters.
Girls’ job still open
Shapiro said that the vacant Greely girls’ job will be filled by early next month. The search has been reopened and will close Sept. 26.