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NO. R-144.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Bill O’Neil on being named the 2006 national high school boys’ hockey coach of the year.


Offered by:  Representatives Hunt of Essex, Evans of Essex, Heath of Westford, Jerman of Essex and Myers of Essex

Offered by:  Senators Condos, Flanagan, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling

Whereas, success as a high school athletic coach requires knowledge of a sport’s technical rules and game strategy plus a host of leadership skills, including decisiveness, empathy, flexibility, and patience that must be exercised in a careful balance, and

Whereas, many coaches will master these skills and achieve great success in an individual sport, but a select few will reach even greater heights with their teams scoring repeated victories in several different sports, and

Whereas, Bill O’Neil of Essex High School has for 35 years guided young athletes to a combined 16 state championships and over 900 wins in softball, girls’ soccer, and boys’ hockey

Whereas, these impressive statistics have earned him state coach of the year designations three times in softball, and twice in both girls’ soccer and hockey, and

Whereas, it is as a boys’ hockey coach that his record is by far the most astounding as prior to the 2006–2007 season, his teams had achieved well over 400 victories, and won 11 state titles in 15 final championship appearances, and

Whereas, each year, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHA) honors coaches, both regionally and nationally, whose demonstrated excellence has produced repeated winning seasons for their teams, and

Whereas, in 2006, the judges for the NFHSA section 1, the region encompassing Vermont, selected Bill O’Neil as the winner in the boys’ hockey category, and

Whereas, despite the vigorous competition, when the NFHSA’s deliberations had concluded, Bill O’Neil was chosen as the 2006 national high school boys’ hockey coach of the year, and

Whereas, news of this extraordinary honor proved no reason for Bill O’Neil to rest on his laurels, and he subsequently coached the 2006–2007 Essex High School boys’ hockey team to the school’s 12th state title, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Bill O’Neil on being named the 2006 national high school boys’ hockey coach of the year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bill O’Neil at Essex High School.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont