MANCHESTER, VT - Burr and Burton Academy has named Suzanne Mears as Head Coach of the girls soccer program. Mears is succeeding legendary retiring coach Dan DeForest who had a long successful career spanning 27 years.

"It was important for us to find a coach that would be passionate about developing our student-athletes as individuals, students and athletes while embodying BBA's mission of responsibility, integrity and service. We have found that in Suzanne," said BBA's Director of Athletics Kathi Bierwirth.

Mears has vast soccer experience growing up in Acton, Mass. and playing soccer at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School which is a high quality Division 1 athletic program. There she was a four year varsity starter and three-time DCL All-Star and First Team All Eastern Conference.

Suzanne Mears will be replacing long time coach Dan DeForest as Burr and Burton Academy’s varsity girls soccer coach this coming fall.
Suzanne Mears will be replacing long time coach Dan DeForest as Burr and Burton Academy's varsity girls soccer coach this coming fall. (Courtesy photo)
In college she played as a four year starter on the women's soccer team in the Northeast-10 Division II Conference for Saint Michaels College, where she was All-Conference and holds the school record for most goals in a half (4). Mears majored in psychology.

Currently she is a School Guidance Counselor at Twin Valley Middle School and lives in North Bennington with husband, Corey Mears, son Chase, and daughter Sienna. She will be welcoming her third child in May.

"Today marks a new beginning for the BBA girls soccer team, and I am happy that Suzanne Mears will be leading us," said BBA Headmaster Mark Tashjian. "She has a tremendous legacy on which to build, and I look forward to what lies ahead for BBA girl's soccer, as well as the excitement she will bring for the team and its fans.


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