Monday, 16 October 2017 22:03

Foxcroft Academy coach Ayala honored as Most Valuable Coach finalist

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DOVER-FOXCROFT - A crowded gym greeted Foxcroft Academy soccer and wrestling coach Luis Ayala enthusiastically Monday morning, as the physical education teacher was presented with a prestigious honor.

Ayala is a Top 15 finalist in the country in U.S. Cellular's "Most Valuable Coach" contest, and was presented with a $5,000 check. Students and faculty cheered and teared up while Ayala was given the award, which can raise as much as $50,000 for the community should he win in the next round of the contest. Lewiston's Mike McGraw and Mt. Abrams' James Danala are also finalists.

 

Ayala noted his mentality towards life and his optimism have helped him reach this point.

 

"Being grateful for what you have," he said after the assembly. "We talk about the kids, that cup. Is it half empty or half full? And if it's half empty you can be negative about a situation, or you can be positive about it and enjoy what you have. And if it's not what you want it to be, well make it happen."

 

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During his tenure, Q30 was named "College Television Station of the Year" by the College Media Association in 2014, and picked up additional national award recognition as well. Jon has been acknowledged by the Society of Professional Journalists for his commitment to sports journalism, including his investigative work while covering Quinnipiac Athletics.

Prior to moving to Maine, Jon was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. There, he formed a passion for covering sports, knowing since age 5 he wanted to tell stories for a living.

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