Losing an icon

To the Editor:

Willsboro has lost yet another icon: Ralph Marcotte. That’s MR. Marcotte to you, or any one of the students he touched as a Principal, Teacher or Coach. MR. Marcotte was a gifted individual who KNEW people. A master motivator, he knew when to apply heat or when to show love. As a coach, he had a Midas touch with whatever sport he focused on. Possibly his finest hour was his goal in the early 70’s to bring a first Section VII soccer title to Willsboro. He required four years to create a soccer dynasty. His efforts paid dividends in 1975, whereby compiling a record of 16-1-1, having won every tournament/title possible, and then facing the first ever intersectional championship match with Section X (and a MUCH LARGER Canton Central), MR. Marcotte showcased his understanding of the human psyche by organizing a Pep Rally. A pep rally? Pep Rallies were for big schools from Plattsburgh with football. MR. Marcotte ostensibly appeared to defuse the situation by highlighting the team’s historic accomplishments while preparing everyone for the upcoming blatant mismatch against a much larger school, etc. We should remain proud, blah, blah, blah. What? That was crap we thought. Unbeknownst to us, the subtle slight was actually our falling under MR. Marcotte’s spell one more time. When the Warriors finally hit the field, vaunted Canton didn’t know what happened. Within the first two minutes our Right Winger just about blew the ball through the back of the net! Then it was 3-0 after 5 minutes! 5-0 at the half. 7-0 at the final.Willsboro and MR. Marcotte would return to the intersectionals the next three years, bringing home two more titles. Brother, Father, Uncle, Principal, and Teacher, but always and forever, a Coach. In fact, he was the Vince Lombardi of Willsboro.

Doug Ferris


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