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Dumas steps down as MVHS boys' soccer coach
RUMFORD -- Our lives change constantly, so its advantageous for every individual to be ready to accept this and roll with the punches.
The future normally harbors bigger rewards and with that in mind, Jarrod Dumas has made the decision to step down as coach of the Mountain Valley boys' soccer team.
Dumas had gained a greater degree of experience after having coached varsity for six years, following a year of boys' JV before that. There is always more to learn and Dumas will certainly be busy because he and wife Jolene are planning for their first baby to be born next spring.
“It is hard to move on in one regard,” said Dumas. “Because the team is doing well and I think that next year will be an improvement over this year, and the team will continue to move forward. That being said, there are now other things at play.”
Mountain Valley enjoyed its most competitive seasons in years and was in playoff contention, entering the regular-season finale. The Falcons needed a win and was on the verge of securing a Class B playoff berth, however, Wiscasset scored with 5:02 left in the game.
“I learned that it’s important for the (boys) to accept the idea that they are a 'team,' not 11 individual players,” said Dumas, who played for Mountain Valley from 1993 to 1996. “The most important thing that makes a team good is creating an atmosphere where the boys want to work hard to get better. If the game becomes a chore, it’s going to be hard to make the team successful.”
The team bought into this philosophy, didn't hang their heads, and played with fire. The team lost several one-goal games; two in overtime.
“I've learned that there's excitement in winning,” said Dumas, while putting things in perspective. “But there should also be excitement from simply being part of a well-played match. There's excitement in seeing your team be able to accomplish some thing that you've worked hard at for weeks on end.”
Dumas surmised that winning is fun, but so is the game itself. A poorly-deserved win can feel hollow, and a well-fought defeat can feel great. It sounds cliche, but there's more to the game than wins and losses.
Each player is motivated by something different, and each team has its own strengths and weaknesses which must be understood and approached differently. Every team gains or loses momentum with successes or struggles, and either riding the momentum or changing the momentum becomes as important as putting together the right lineup for that day.