Mr. Poirier Plans to Retire

Posted on Friday September 26, 2014
Cross Country
Cross Country Runners

Writer: Taylor Virgin
Photographer: Kathleen Mottershead
In photo: (left to right) John Pettigrew (1st place at the Glebe Invitational) Coach Roger Poirier, Sam Agnew (2nd place at the Glebe Invitational) and Alan Zangerl (6th place at the Glebe Invitational)
After a 27 year long career as a Raider, RCI is losing an admired teacher, successful coach, and dedicated volunteer.
Roger Poirier started teaching in the late eighties and is set to retire in June 2015.
Since the beginning, he has donated countless hours of his time to extracurricular activities. Out of the long list, cross country running and track and field have been the most victorious.
Over the years, Poirier has achieved a great number of accomplishments through coaching including 18 track and field, and 17 cross country championships. He has helped many runners qualify for OFSAA Championships and boasts two 5th place team finishes from 2004and 2009.
“When you coach, students see you on a different level which makes teaching easier,” he said.
Madame Mottershead believes that, “One of the best things about Mr. Poirier is how much he is able to transfer his love of running to other people.”
Poirier has hosted County Championships and EOSSAA multiple times, and also organized OFSAA at Ma-te-way in 2003. This year will be his last year hosting counties.
He has also found success in his own running. While he started coaching before running himself, he now has 17 marathons under his belt.
“Premier Mike Harris was fighting with teachers about not coaching and the doctor said I was getting fat. I went out for a run. I did 2 kilometres and was tired; [so] I said to myself that if I can bring athletes to OFSAA for cross country running and track I should see what I can do with myself,” Poirier said.
He gradually increased his distance with daily runs and qualified for his first of four Boston Marathons within a year.
Mr. Poirier will be missed. However, he hopes to continue helping out with cross country after next June. “I’ll keep coaching as long as Madame will put up with me,” he joked.
When asked of other plans after retirement, Poirier said, “I’d like to do something physical, like a club, to make the people of Renfrew more active. So many people just sit at home; the fitter the public, the better the society.”