October 28, 2016

A return to the sidelines for CVU

April 17, 2008
By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

“I’m being recycled,” chuckled Jim Provost during a Sunday conversation after the announcement that he has been named the new head football coach at Champlain Valley Union High School.
The Williston resident was the head football coach at Rice Memorial High for 14 years before hanging up the clipboard in 1999. Provost becomes the third head coach of the CVU program, which enters its fourth varsity level campaign this fall.
He replaces Charlie Burnett, who resigned to take over the coaching reins at Essex High this coming season. Burnett teaches at Essex and resides in that community.
Provost said the idea of returning to the high school gridiron scene became attractive because CVU has “a program on the way up.” He cited a solid number of players at the varsity and feeder levels, a supportive administration and a solid booster organization.
“They built the program the right way,” he said.
The anticipation runs both ways.
“We are excited to have him,” Athletic Director Kevin Riell said Monday.
Joining Provost as an assistant will be Kevin McCarthy, a native of southern New England who is new to coaching in Vermont. CVU and Provost are still looking for assistants for the varsity and junior varsity teams.
In his days at Rice, Provost led the Green Knights to two state titles and was head coach of the 1990 Vermont Shrine football team.
The veteran coach says his philosophy is “don’t beat yourself” with penalties and other mistakes.
“We want people to know they will have to play well to beat us that day,” he said.
Provost has been looking at film from CVU’s playoff season of 2007, and with 55 sophomores, juniors and seniors — not counting incoming freshmen — returning, he said, “We will find some players.”
He promised potential players that if they work hard in practice, “We will find a spot for you.”
Provost is planning a summer conditioning program. Whether there will be spring practice will be decided in the next few weeks.
“We do hope to have a meeting with players and parents before school lets out,” he said.


  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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