CVU football coach resigns

By LAUREN READ

Champlain Valley Union Head Football Coach Mike Williams has resigned after four years with the program.

According to the Burlington Free Press, which broke the news on Tuesday, Williams said he “couldn’t change the culture” around the sport and decided to step away.

“I have the utmost respect for Mike Williams as a human being and a coach,” CVU athletic director Dan Shepardson told the Burlington Free Press. “He said he felt the trajectory of program was headed in the wrong direction, but we left on great terms.”

Williams coached the Redhawks to three postseason berths and the Division I semifinals twice. This past season, battling low numbers, CVU finished 1-8.

Williams got the job in 2015 and went 4-4 that year. In 2016, the Redhawks improved to 6-2, and in 2017, the team slid to 3-5 on the season.

The rest of the Redhawk coaching staff will also not return, with assistant Dick Herbert retiring and assistant Jeff Stein moving on to coach the Mount Abraham-Vergennes co-op program.

One Response to "CVU football coach resigns"

  1. Ted Cohen   December 15, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Your story should have expanded on the quitting coach’s claims (published in a competing newspaper) and what he meant by ‘poor football culture.’

    And by the way, why would you take up valuable page 1 real estate telling readers that a competing news outlet broke the story?

    You need to do a follow-up. Call the ex-coach, get him to splain why he is so frustrated.

    Then get reaction from both the administration and school board, as well as some parents – including those who have no kids in the football program.

    Globalize your story by talking to a cultural psychologist or analyst or both to expand the breadth of the issue coverage beyond your backyard, which will make it less parochial.

    Talk with the culture expert about high-school sports, what they accomplish or not, whether schoolboy/schoolgirl sports nationally are waning in popularity and if so, why.

    Go make some calls.

    Reply

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