A.R. Gould basketball coach to receive national award

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Chad Sturgis, who has guided the A.R. Gould boys’ basketball team to the Class D South final two years in a row, is one of 50 national winners of the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach Award.

The award honors coaches who teach life lessons through sports while also striving to win. Sturgis will be recognized at the PCA’s national banquet Saturday at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

A.R. Gould is the school at Long Creek Youth Development Center, a juvenile correctional facility in South Portland. Sturgis has been coaching there for a decade.

“The players want to give maximum effort and learn because Chad acknowledges each player’s assets and how they contribute to the team,” said Kim Deering, A.R. Gould’s athletic director. “(Sturgis) connects the lessons learned from being on the team to their personal lives to become positive and productive members of the community.”

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