Hayford, Rusin, Waryas Jr., Evans are inducted


BRATTLEBORO >> Area sports legends Buddy Hayford, Corey Mullen-Rusin, Fred Waryas Jr., and Eric Evans were inducted into the Vermont Principals' Association Hall of Fame on Friday night during a ceremony at the Capital Hotel Plaza in Montpelier.

Members of the Hall have distinguished themselves through service, contributions and achievement in programs or activities sponsored by the VPA. They also must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and character.

Hayford is currently the athletic director and also a coach at Twin Valley, In over 30 years as the boys soccer coach at Wilmington High, and now Twin Valley, Hayford has won about 70 percent of his games and captured seven state crowns. He has coached girls basketball for over 25 years and his teams have won two-thirds of their games and a pair of championships. Hayford, who is the winningest high school soccer coach ever in Vermont and has over 400 wins on the court, has received numerous Coach of the Year awards and is an inductee into the Lyndon State College Hall of Fame.

Mullen-Rusin, a 2005 Twin Valley graduate, is one of the best basketball players in Vermont high school history, but also was known as a standout soccer player. Her awards include selection as a two-time Burlington Free Press "Miss Basketball," and two-time Player of the Year by both Gatorade and the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association before going on to play at Division I Boston College. The 1,791-point career scorer was well known for her drive and desire for success in the classroom as well as the basketball court, where her teams went 81-9 in four years. For soccer, Rusin still holds several school records, including career goals (82) and career total points (192).

Waryas, a 1986 graduate of Bellows Falls, was a football and track standout and also played basketball. He was a two-time Vermont Decathlon champion and finished third as a sophomore. Waryas won two state titles in the pole vault and was runner-up once. He won the New England pole vault title as a sophomore and senior. Waryas also captured the 300-meter hurdles twice and the 400-meter crown once. He helped lead the Terriers to two state football titles — with a 19-1 combined record — and was voted to represent Vermont in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.

Evans, who lives in Putney, served as a soccer official for over 20 years and is a longtime lacrosse official. He is one of the top officials in both sports and worked numerous postseason tournaments. Evans has served as an instructor for U.S. lacrosse and as the rules interpreter for the Vermont Lacrosse Officials Association. He has contributed articles about officiating to several publications. Evans served as president of the Vermont Soccer Officials Association. He has refereed International lacrosse as well as NCAA Division 1 and 2 National Championships.

The other members of the VPA Hall of Fame's 2016 class are: MSJ administrator Marty McDonough, administrator Robert Stevens of Milton and Mount Mansfield, CVU coach Dave "Bear" Bremner, Otter Valley coach Patricia Condon, Windsor coach Harry Ladue, Essex coach William O'Neil, Windsor athlete Ryan Hingston, Essex and Rice athlete Scott Moore, official Edgar Clodfelter, and trainer Denise Alosa.


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