2017-09-21 / Sports

St. Mary basketball coach steps down

By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


FORMER ST. MARY basketball coach Clint Couturier addresses players on the bench during a February 2016 game. FORMER ST. MARY basketball coach Clint Couturier addresses players on the bench during a February 2016 game. “Absolutely incredible” is how Clint Couturier summed up his three-year run as the boys basketball coach at Lake Leelanau St. Mary.

“We didn’t necessarily have the greatest seasons on paper, but every season was great, and I enjoyed every one of them,” said Couturier, a former St. Mary student. “The kids — they’re fantastic. At St. Mary’s, I tell you what: The future’s bright. We have a lot of good young men coming up. I let the kids know on Friday, and by the end of it, they all stood up, looked me in the eye and said, ‘thank you, coach.’

“That spoke volumes to me.”

Couturier, the butcher shop manager at Anderson’s Market in Glen Arbor, applied for the meat manager position at the new Costco in Traverse City on Sept. 10 and was hired two days later.

The position was simply too good to pass up, Couturier said.

“I didn’t feel I could balance both at this point and give the kids justice as much as I have in the past,” he said. “Like I told the kids — my plan was to stay at St. Mary’s as long as I possibly could, but God had other plans.”

Couturier, who posted a three-year record of 7-47 for the Eagles, had been coaching basketball since he was 18.

He’ll turn 50 in February.

“Without a doubt, we are going to miss seeing Clint in the gym on a regular basis,” said Teresa Szur, the athletic director at St. Mary.

Szur said the search for a new boys basketball coach is underway.

Those interested in applying for the position are encouraged to email a letter of interest to athletics@stmarysll.org or call 256-9636 ext. 100.

“It was a great run,” Couturier said. “I just want to say thank you to Teresa and (Principal Megan Glynn). The community was so supportive.”

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