May 6, 2010
By Mal Boright
In 1993, Stan Williams picked up a clipboard, put a lanyard with a whistle around his neck and started drills for Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball players.
For the 2010-2011 season, Williams will be looking on from the sidelines. He has given up the post of head coach for the Redhawks varsity team, a post he ascended to eight seasons ago.
In those eight varsity campaigns, Williams teams posted more than 100 victories. Three seasons ago, the team rolled into the Division 1 championship, where the Redhawks bowed to Mount Anthony Union High of Bennington.
This past season, CVU made it to the Division 1 quarterfinals, where it got nipped by eventual champion St. Johnsbury Academy.
“Stan has been an outstanding role model for students, and even more importantly, one for other teacher-coaches to emulate,” CVU Athletic Director Kevin Riell said.
As for the process of naming a replacement, Riell said the position “will be posted in-house initially in hopes of getting a qualified candidate.”
CVU BOYS HOCKEY COACH TO TAKE YEAR OFF
Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey coach Doug Hopper has been granted a one-year leave, Athletic Director Kevin Riell announced.
Hopper will be replaced this winter by assistant coach Mike Murray.
Hopper had guided the Redhawks to the Division 1 championship game the last three seasons. In 2009, CVU won the state crown for the second time in school history.
— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent