CVU Coach Hebert Celebrates 50 Years on the Gridiron


This year, one Vermont football coach is celebrating 50 years of high school sports.

Dick Hebert has taken the boys football team at Champlain Valley Union High School to the top, so naturally, he’s learned how to keep his players motivated.

Senior Roarke Flad explains one of them.

“When a kid would slow down, if they weren’t backpedaling fast enough, he would start chanting, instead of ‘Here we go Redhawks!’ he’d chant… ‘Here we go Bobwhites!” said Flad.

The Bobwhites of BFA-St. Albans aren’t just the week one opponent for the Redhawks. 

The program also represents the alma matter of Coach Hebert.

Since then, Hebert has worked with six different teams.

Senior Stephen Harlow says it’s clear the veteran coach knows what he’s doing.

“He’s a no nonsense kind of guy.  If something goes wrong, he will tell you exactly what you need to do right,” said Harlow.

With a 6:00 a.m. start time for conditioning, on top of a 6:00 p.m. practice, it’s convinced some to quit the sport along the way.

Between its Varsity and JV programs, the Redhawks boast a roster of 55 players, which is half as many as three years prior.

“Athletics is in a dangerous area in today’s society.  And it needs people, and I like to think that I’m one of those that cares and is gonna try to keep the programs continuing,” said Hebert.

It’s not easy to get Hebert on camera; at 72 years-old, he prefers to work in the background.

For Hebert, the closeup is worth it, so long as he has a chance showcase to virtues of the game.

“Football creates a working avenue for kids to be able to go on in their life to apply for a job, to learn how to interview for a job.  This is Hard Knocks. It’s a growing experience for kids,” said Hebert.

Over the past two seasons , Hebert and Head Coach Mike Williams have brought CVU closer to a state title.

CVU opens the 2017 campaign Friday night at BFA-St. Albans.  For coverage watch the High School Huddle on Local 22 and Local 44.

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