John Langlois is new head basketball coach at Mascenic

  • New Mascenic head coach John Langlois at his previous coaching stop, Chiles High School in Tallahassee, Florida. Photo by the Tallahassee Democrat

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Published: 7/2/2018 7:42:53 AM

John Langlois has been named the new boys’ basketball head coach at Mascenic Regional High School. Langlois, who’s coached Newmarket, Somersworth, Bedford and Campbell, is a familiar face in the New Hampshire basketball community, and brings nearly 40 years of head coaching experience to the Vikings’ sidelines. 

“What I think I can bring to the table is my passion for basketball, my passion to try to teach young men to do well in life as in basketball,” said Langlois, who recently returned to the Granite State after a stint in Jacksonville, Florida, where he coached at Lawton Chiles High School. “Mascenic has a good basketball reputation… New Ipswich is a basketball town –  I’m excited that you’re into basketball.”

Langlois replaces Jason Starr as head coach. Starr played on the last Mascenic team to reach the promised land, 1999’s championship team, but as a coach, his boys never made it back despite being a perennial playoff team. Most recently, the Vikes bowed out in the first round of the 2018 playoffs after surrendering a late eight-point lead to Belmont. 

“[Mascenic has] had some very good athletes and Jay did a good job coaching there,” Langlois said.

With summer league in full swing, Langlois is living in a hotel room in order to coach the Vikings while he looks for a house.

 “That guy’s going to be 24-7, 365 basketball,” said Mascenic athletic director Kevin Rines. “It’s going to be good for our program.”

To be successful in Division III in this neck of the woods means you’re going to have to beat Conant High School, and Langlois has quite a history against the Orioles. During his stint at Campbell, Langlois’ Cougars were runners-up to Conant in 2013 and 2014. But before that, his teams were Oriole-killers. Langlois took home three banners in the 1980s at Newmarket, snapping Conant’s 42-game winning streak in 1986 in the process.

“I remember that like it was yesterday,” Langlois said.

During his decade at Somersworth, the Hilltoppers beat Conant for another state title, in 2005.

Now, it’s time for another chapter, with both Mascenic and Conant expected to be near the top of Division III next season.

“I feel that’s one of the biggest rivalries in the state,” Langlois said. “They've got a very good program. Eric [Saucier] is an excellent coach.” 

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