Local politicans were calling it sports day at the capital. Forget taxes, health care or transportation. The top item on today's agenda, honoring two Vermont coaches and their nearly 80 years of service in the Green Mountain State.
You don't see a lot of unanimous votes under the Gollden Dome. However, on this day, there was no debating the legendary status of two former Vermont coaches: U-32's Dan Gandin and Northfield high school's Frank Pecora. Both honored by state lawmakers with a resolution marking their success.
"It's an honor to be recognized by the state legislature," Pecora said. It's been a special day and a great event.
"It's awesome to have my former players here, my brother and my dad, this is a great end to it," Gandin said. "With one career closing, another opens."
Gandin will retire from high school basketball this year with a state record 634 wins. Of those victories, 566 of them coming in a 36-year coaching career with the Raiders. In that time, he won a trophy or two and now has a special document to add to his memorabilia collection.
"I'm going to put it next to my 1991-92 championship banner in the man cave, if I'm allowed to have one," Gandin said.
On July 2nd in Boston, Frank Pecora will make history, as the first Vermont coach to be inducted into the National High school Hall of Fame. For 38 seasons, he made the Marauders the team to beat in Vermont, winning 15 state championships along the way.
"To go into the Hall of Fame is an honor," Pecora said. "To do it as the first Vermonter, it's overwhelming."
Interesting enough, Pecora and Gandin have crossed base plenty of times before, where these two passionate competitors gained a true appreciation for one another.
"I spit on his shoes once," Gandin said. "I was an umpire for 30 years, there aren't too many people who can say that."
All joking aside, it was a chance for Vermont to say thank you for all that these two of done for high school athletics. While also appreciating the legacy they'll leave behind for the generations to come.
"It was great to see him get recognized for all of his efforts," U-32 senior guard Ryan Booth said. "He's leaving on a perfect note, you can't do any more than he's ever done."
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