Sawyer coached Colonels to 5 softball titles

Coach Darrell Sawyer is carried by his players after Brattleboro Union High School won the 1983 Division 1 state championship softball game.

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BRATTLEBORO — Darrell R. Sawyer is a member of the Brattleboro Union High School Athletic Hall of Fame's inaugural class.

He coached and taught at BUHS for over 30 years, was a well-respected softball, baseball and basketball official throughout the state of Vermont and was a tireless supporter of youth activities within the town of Brattleboro.

During his 14 years as the head football coach for BUHS, Sawyer led the Colonels to one Division 1 state championship in 1973, and to a runner-up finish in 1978. He finished his illustrious head football coaching career with an impressive 70 percent winning record. Even though his record as the head football coach is noteworthy, his record as the head coach for the BUHS softball team is even more impressive. During his tenure as the softball head coach, he won five Division 1 state championships and was runner-up an additional seven times.

In addition to the team accolades he achieved, he received numerous other personal recognitions. These include being inducted into the Vermont Principal Associations Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, being the first coach of the inaugural North/South softball tournament in 1987, being recognized in 1999 by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame with the Amateur Football Award, being selected to coach the annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Football Game twice, having the Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association recognize him with the Ralph LaPointe Award in 1981, being awarded the Frank H. Dearborn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 for his long-term commitment to the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Program, being awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award in 2011 and having the softball field being named in his honor.

Even after retirement, Sawyer continued to serve his community and state right up until his passing in December of 2011.


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