Sports legend mourned

Scott Phelps FILE PHOTO

Scott Phelps FILE PHOTO

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Father, coach and youth sports advocate Scott Phelps passed away Saturday, leaving a strong legacy in Mount Desert Island communities and beyond.

Phelps was the freshman football coach at Mount Desert Island High School in the 1990s, school Athletic Director Bunky Dow said. “He had a big influence on athletics in the community. He always looked for opportunities to get everybody involved.”

Phelps served as sports director at the Harbor House Community Center for many years. There, he grew the Great Harbor Shoot-Out postseason basketball tournament to the largest in the state. “He was the one that helped get it off the ground,” Dow said. “He grew it from being one or two schools to where we are now. Scott was instrumental in getting as many kids from as many communities involved as possible.” He also grew the recreational basketball program at Harbor House and coached girls and boys basketball at Pemetic Elementary.

Phelps was a leader in the Acadia Youth Sports associations for Little League, football and basketball. “He would bring kids over from the other side of the island in a van just so they’d get an opportunity to play,” Dow said.

“It’s the stuff that goes unnoticed. On snow days, or late nights, he would open the gym for kids to go down and practice. His life revolved around youth athletics.” His obituary appears on page 4.

A celebration of life was held Wednesday in the MDI High School gym.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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