Pat Randall, Vermont – 2003
Pat is currently a paraprofessional in special education at the high school level. She was an athlete in high school and college and played on a community softball team. For ten years, she taught physical education and coached various sports for 39 years.
Pat represented Blue Mountain Union High School as a member of the Central Vermont League. For nine years she worked on the scheduling committee and for three years she was a member of and chaired the scholarship committee. Pat also was a representative of the league to Girls State Soccer meetings.
Win/loss records are not available. Pat believes that “I was in it to teach sportsmanship, team work, skills, working together as a team on and off the field, leadership, and the give and take required to have a team as a working unit. Wins would come if everything fell into place – and they did – as did losses.”
Pat served for ten years as the athletic director for girls at Peoples Academy and for 11 and ¼ years at Blue Mountain Union High School, VT, for girls and boys. Pat has coached field hockey and soccer teams in postseason play. In 1999 her soccer team was the runner-up in the state finals, losing in overtime – they “had an undefeated season until the last couple of minutes in overtime of the finals.”
Pat was presented the Vermont Principals’ Association Award for Outstanding Contributions in Supporting Student Activities. She received the New Directions Recognition Award as the organizer and chair for the Annual Cabin Fever Lock-In for high school students for 4 years and is certified by the American Sport Education Program.
“I have always been associated with athletics for the kids. I have worked on their behalf. I have cried with them and I have rejoiced with them. But it has always been about providing the best for the kids – no matter if they are girls or boys.”