MONMOUTH — Not much seems to rattle North Yarmouth Academy boys’ soccer coach Martyn Keen.
While spectators at the Class C South semifinal Saturday at Monmouth Academy held their breath every time a scramble ensued in front, Keen didn’t move – not even to remove his hands from his pockets.
But Keen wasn’t always so laid-back.
“I used to be a much more vocal coach,” Keen said. “I was an equal-opportunity yeller. I’d yell at anybody: referees, coaches, players.”
That changed when Keen almost died. Twice.
The 54-year-old’s most recent run-in with death came when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in April. A coach for NYA since 2010, Keen relinquished his duties this season to Stuart Thorley, who had a conflict and couldn’t make Saturday’s playoff game. After undergoing months of