One of southern Maine's greatest all-around schoolboy athletes in the late 1950's, Guy Garon was at his best when the game was on the line. Garon attended St. Louis High School in Biddeford, where he starred in three sports. Garon was a member of the St. Louis baseball team for four seasons and played for the 1956 Telegram League champions. Competent with both the bat and the glove, he was recognized as an All-Conference second baseman in 1958.
Garon also excelled in basketball. After starring for an undefeated freshman basketball team in 1955-1956, he earned three varsity letters in the sport. He participated on three consecutive tournament-qualifying teams and was named to the New England Catholic Tournament All-Tournament team as a senior.
Despite his prowess in baseball and basketball, however, Garon was at his best on the gridiron, where he earned three varsity letters at St. Louis. During the 1957 and 1958 seasons, Garon quarterbacked his team to an overall record of seventeen wins against a single defeat and led the squad to the 1958 state title. The championship was clinched when Garon sneaked across the goal line to spark the Eagles to a 27-26 victory over rival Thornton Academy.
Garon was adept on both sides of the ball. He called his own plays from the huddle and was skillful at both running and passing the ball from Cote's T-formation offense. Garon's 72-yard pass to teammate Ron Agreste clinched a two-point victory over Cheverus. He led a come-from-behind victory over South Portland by receiving an option pass from halfback Roland Labonte and scampering 50 yards for the winning score. Against Portland he accounted for all of his team's scoring a 14-12 victory, including an interception return for a touchdown.
Garon's leadership and exploits earned him numerous accolades. The Portland Press Herald selected the St. Louis field general to receive the Thom McAn Award (predecessor of the Fitzpatrick Trophy) as Maine's outstanding high school football player. The Sporting News recognized Garon with a citation for being an honorable mention selection for the National High School All-America Football Team for 1958.
After graduating from St. Louis, Garon followed in his coach's footsteps by attending Boston College. After leading the freshman football team to an undefeated 8-0 season in 1959, he played defensive back for the Eagles and earned his varsity letter. He also saw limited duty at quarterback and started two games in his career.
Garon used his history degree to land a series of teaching and coaching positions in several Boston-area high schools. He returned to Boston College as the offensive backfield coach in 1967 and served in that capacity for two seasons. After joining Josten's as a sales representative in 1970, Garon served as a volunteer assistant football coach at Exeter (NH) High School from 1970-1978 and later as an assistant at Biddeford High School from 2001-2007.
In addition to his playing and coaching career, Garon has been a contributor to athletics in a number of other ways. He started the St. Louis Alumni Golf Tournament in 1998 to raise money for scholarships for students in the Biddeford-Saco area and to provide support for the St. James School athletic program. He has been an advocate for American Legion baseball in the York County area.
Today Garon lives in Naples, Florida. He has three daughters - Colleen, Celeste, and Michele. Retired but not inactive, he is a substitute teacher in the Collier County School System and has been an assistant football coach at Barron Collier High School since 2008.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.