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He coached from 1968 to 1979 at Burr and Burton seminary. In his ten years, his team’s record was 136 and 68. In 1976, 1977, and 1978, Burr and Burton won three consecutive Division II State Championships with a three year record of 62 and 6. He continues to help young and veteran coaches by mentoring and scouting.

George “Gigi” Allard


He coached from 1945-1960 at Springfield High School. In his fifteen years, his teams were 215 and 100. Springfield High School won division I State Championships in 1946, 1956, 1957, and 1960. His teams also won 7 Southern Vermont League Titles. After his retirement, he continued to coach the freshmen at Springfield. He passed away in 2005. Accepting is his son Greg.

Boleslof “Bo” Birsky


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He coached from 1961 to 1991 at Proctor High School, West Rutland High School, and Rutland High School. His teams won over 400 games. In his thirty years, his teams made 28 playoff appearances, 8 final fours, 5 finals, and 2 state championships. His teams were known for their team work and solid defensive play. He is presently in Florida. Accepting for him is Tom Giesler.

Jim Leamy


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He coached form 1941 to 1972 at Woodstock High School, Cathedral (Rice), Burlington High School, and South Burlington High Schoo1. His teams won over 400 games. His teams won several Northern Vermont League titles and a state championship at Burlington in 1955. He was an outstanding teacher/coach who instilled a great desire to compete at the highest level at all times. Sadly, Coach Maley passed away last week at the age of 89. Accepting for the family is Tom Obbagy.
Don Maley

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He coached from 1962-1992 at North Stratford High School and Lamoille Union High School. His teams won over 340 games during his career. His teams won several Capital Division League championships and were state runner up four times. During his career, he was actively involved in many camps and clinics which helped improve his players along with others.

Don Messier


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He coached from 1946 to 1969 at St. Michael’s High School of Brattleboro and Brattleboro Union High School. His teams own over 200 games during his coaching career. His St. Michael’s teams won 3 Class C state championships and 1 Class B state championship while winning over 50 consecutive games. In addition to being an outstanding coach, he was an outstanding teacher who touched many people in a positive way in Brattleboro. He passed away in 1995. Accepting is his son Richard.

Joe Moore


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She coached from 1969 to 1997 at Black River Union High School. Her teams won 325 games during her coaching career. Her teams won seven league titles in the Dot Jones League and Marble Valle League. Black River Union High School also won 2 state championships during her 28 years of coaching. For 28 years she showed a love for the game and a willingness to teach her players.

Sue Pollender


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He coached from 1973-1988 and from 1990-1994, and from 1997-2003 at Rice. His record was 346 wins and 176 losses. He had 3 undefeated seasons. His team made 11 trips to the final four, 3 runner ups, and 5 state championships. Rice had a 51 gave winning streak from December 1998 to December 2000. He is a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

Paul Rabidoux


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He coached from 1975 to 1995 at Mill River Union High School. His first 2 years he was the JV coach before becoming the varsity coach in 1978. His teams won 223 games. Mill River appeared in four state championships games with 2 state championships in his career. He was MVL coach of the year many times. He was an outstanding teacher of the fundamentals of the game and continues to mentor coaches today.

Jay Wilson


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He coached from 1960 to 1984 at Springfield High School. His overall record at Springfield was 286 and 234. His teams won 2 Southern Vermont League championships and appeared in the Division 1 Finals 4 times. He was the 1976 Southern Vermont League Coach of the Year. He continues to be a mentor to the youth, middle school and high school coaches in Springfield.

Richie Wyman


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