BBA names new football, boys basketball coaches

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MANCHESTER — Burr and Burton athletic director Dave Miceli has announced the new head coaches for the football and boys basketball teams.

The new football coach is Tom McCoy, the defensive coordinator under former coach Jason Thomas for the past five years.

Since McCoy joined the program in 2014, BBA football has had a 48-5 record and won the state championship in 2015 and 2018.

McCoy's staff will include Dan Mulroy, Richie Pearce, Jim Oakman, Jim Duddy, Jim Lind, and Nick Demauro, all who have been coaching with McCoy for several years starting at the youth level.

Miceli cited McCoy's desire to use football to develop young people, his strong football knowledge, and his ability to teach skills and concepts as key reasons for his selection.

"I am excited to have a coach of Tom's caliber to take the reins of our program and guide Bulldog football into our next phase of growth," Miceli said.

McCoy started coaching youth football in 2005 and has been a long time Board Member and President of the Equinox Valley Youth Football Club in Manchester. In 2018, McCoy was recognized with the Vermont Youth Leader Award and inducted into the Vermont Chapter National Football Foundation Hall Of Fame.

As a high school player, he was a three-sport athlete and four-year letterman in baseball, basketball, and football and selected to the first-team all-state in New York. McCoy is a graduate of Colgate University and played defensive back for the Red Raiders. McCoy is a proud husband and father of three boys, Jay, Joe, and Jack.

Coach McCoy is passionate about raising great young people that will be successful at life's many challenges. Many of Coach McCoy's players have continued playing football in college.

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Mike Olson has been named as the next head coach for Burr and Burton's varsity boys basketball team.

Olson has spent the last 10 years coaching basketball and working in the counseling office at Kimball Union Academy.

Before coaching at KUA, Olson won more than 500 games at the collegiate level, spending time at Dartmouth College, Minnesota State University - Moorhead, Black Hills State University, Gustavus Adolphus College and Mount Senario College. Olson led BHSU to five South Dakota-Iowa Championships and he was elected to their Hall of Fame in 2011.

Miceli said he is delighted to have Olson on board.

"Coach Olson is a master teacher of the game. He prioritizes the development of his athletes as people, not just basketball players," Miceli said.

Miceli is especially excited about Olson's commitment to the local basketball community, particularly his desire to strengthen the connection with youth programs.

Olson, who is originally from Wisconsin, has dedicated his life to spreading his love and knowledge of the game extending his reach beyond his school and college teams to coach select teams and run camps and clinics in Europe as well as the United States. He is excited to begin his next phase of coaching as a Bulldog and will kick off his tenure with local basketball camps this summer.

He received his bachelor's degree from St. Norbert College and a master's degree in education from Norwich University. Additionally he holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in educational leadership from Upper Valley Educator's Institute, Lebanon, N.H.


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