More MS news articles for April 2002

Poulin hopes for tourney return in ’03

Thursday, February 21, 2002
By Jessica Bloch and Andrew Neff, Of the NEWS Staff

BANGOR — One of the more ubiquitous sights of the Eastern Maine basketball tournament for the past nine years has been the Winslow coach Jim Poulin’s colorful plaid suitcoat draped behind his chair on the bench.

Poulin, who has multiple sclerosis, is hoping to bring his tourney coat back to the Auditorium next year.

“I’m going to try, God willing,” he said after Wednesday afternoon’s 43-32 Class B semifinal loss to Houlton. “I’d like to come back. A lot has to do with how my health is as we continue on with the school year and through the summer. I don’t want to make a decision yet.”

MS is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system and Poulin has been progressively getting worse. He has had trouble walking and standing, and used a wheelchair at times in the Auditorium. Meanwhile, his Black Raiders had one of their finest seasons in his tenure, winning the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship and completing an undefeated regular season. Winslow finished with a 20-1 record.

Poulin said he is on medication, but he sees coaching as a huge form of relief.

“It’s a steady downhill grind, but I’m doing good,” he said. “I love these kids. In all honesty, they’re the wind beneath my wings. I need them. I had a choice between taking the medication that I’m on and my kids, I’d want that medication of having my kids. They’re a big inspiration to me.”

©2001 Bangor Daily News