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(J.R.H. 244)

Offered by: Representatives Palmer of Pownal, Carmolli of Rutland City, Colvin of Bennington, Freed of Dorset, Hoag of Woodford, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Morrissey of Bennington and Pembroke of Bennington.

Whereas, for 27 years, Steve Zemianek was the highly respected track and field coach at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, and

Whereas, he was affectionately known as the “pied piper” of cross country sports at Mount Anthony Union High School, and

Whereas, Coach Zemianek successfully led the Mount Anthony boys’ cross country team to state championships in 1978, 1984, 1986 and 1987, and inspired the girls’ team onward to a similar victory in 1987, and

Whereas, the Mount Anthony Union High School boys’ track and field team, under Coach Zemianek’s capable leadership, captured the Division I state titles in 1986 and again in 1994, and

Whereas, Steve Zemianek was responsible for establishing the school’s first indoor track team in order that the snowy winter would not be a deterrent to running competition, and

Whereas, he was known throughout Vermont coaching circles as the “meet master” for his expert direction of track and field meets, and

Whereas, in recognition of his outstanding coaching career, in 1995, Coach Zemianek was named the National Federation’s Regional Coach of the Year for Track and Field, and

Whereas, although Coach Zemianek officially retired from the Mount Anthony Union High School faculty in 1995, he continued his involvement with the school’s cross country and track and field programs, and

Whereas, his sudden death has deeply saddened the students, faculty and alumni of Mount Anthony Union High School, and the coach’s many friends throughout the state, and

Whereas, all of the current and former members of the cross country and track teams at Mount Anthony Union High School were invited to serve as an honor guard at Coach Zemianek’s funeral as a special tribute to his unique role in the school’s athletic history, and

Whereas, he and his wife Patricia Zemianek were married for nearly 36 years and were the parents of three children, and the proud grandparents of four grandchildren, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sympathy to the family and friends of Coach Stephen Zemianek, Jr. and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Patricia Zemianek in Bennington and to Sharon Shea-Keneally, the principal of Mt. Anthony High School in Bennington.