U-32 Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Dan Gandin announced his retirement on Wednesday after 36 years with the program. Gandin's U-32 teams went 566-233 during the past four decades. Coach Gandin compiled an overall record of 633-257 over his forty years of basketball coaching in Vermont. He started his career at Chelsea High School in 1973-74, and proceeded to lead the Red Devils to the Barre Auditorium for three straight years. After a one year stint in Williamstown, Dan took over the U-32 team and proceeded to build his Hall of Fame career.
"I thoroughly enjoyed every second during my forty years as a high school basketball coach in Vermont," said Gandin who is one of only three coaches in Vermont to have reached the 600 win milestone. "This is a difficult decision because of the strong feelings I have for the talented young men I get to coach, but having more time for my family and various interests is needed at this point in my life. I will miss coaching, but I feel that it is time that I leave room for the next young coach who wants to following in my footsteps and bring the Raiders to victory once again."
"I would like to thank Dan for his 36 years of coaching at U-32, and it is with mixed emotions that I accepted his decision to retire from the U-32 Varsity Basketball Program," said Washington Central Supervisory Union Superintendent, Bill Kimball. "I can't count the number of young men Dan has impacted on and off the court during his coaching career. I know I speak on behalf of the entire WCSU community when I say that we are all grateful."
"The face of U-32 boys basketball is Dan Gandin," said Amy Molina, U-32 Athletic Director. "When talking about their experience with Dan, his basketball alumni speak of him fondly and appreciate his dedication, hard work and friendship. It will be strange not to see Dan on the sidelines next year, but he has left the program in great shape."
Gandin's teams posted at least a dozen wins in thirty-three of his forty years of coaching, including nine consecutive winning seasons dating back to 2006. The Raiders have reached the Division II State Championship eight times and have four Championship banners (1992, 2003, 2004, 2010) hanging in the gymnasium. The Raiders lost to Lyndon Institute in the Division II State Championship this past March.
Gandin was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010. Gandin retires as the winningest Vermont high school coach with 634 victories and will be honored at the Vermont State House on Friday, April 18th with Resolution H.C.R. 261 for his career wins.
Courtesty: U-32 Athletic Department
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