BRATTLEBORO -- Next year, Brattleboro Union High will say good-bye and good luck to two coaches who have been instrumental in the development and advancement of athletic programs at the school.
John Dimick, who ran one of the most competitve programs to ever grace the track and field, and Bill Jahn, who coached the Nordic ski team, will not be returning to BUHS next year.
"Dimick is well respected by his peers throughout the state and BUHS will really miss his efforts come spring," said BUHS athletic director Chris Sawyer. "Only those in the track community understand how many hours track coaches put into their sport."
Dimick organized and ran meets this season, entering data for upcoming meets, administrating a program of 50-100 participants, all while putting together the actual practices and instruction.
"It is an immense responsibility and he did a great job with everything," said Sawyer. "His athletes have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with coach Dimick."
Sawyer said he doesn’t know another coach or team at BUHS that put in more time or hours in developing their program than Jahn.
"Jahn is a tremendous professional. Beyond running a year-round training program, he took on so many projects and created countless opportunities to help our Nordic program to grow and succeed."
Jahn was instrumental in creating a course on the VABEC land and getting the necessary equipment to help groom the course. He is also responsible for writing a grant for the school to acquire headlights for athletes during extended practices.
"He just went above and beyond -- from running state meets to finding equipment for new skiers," said Sawyer. "He really rekindled interest in Nordic skiing at BUHS and helped develop a new generation of skiers."