Vigneau turned down NFL offers, coached college football instead

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BRATTLEBORO — Grady Vigneau, a 1973 graduate of Brattleboro Union High School where he excelled in baseball and football, is part of the inaugural BUHS Hall of Fame class.

He played on the winning Vermont squad in the 1973 Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game. At graduation he was awarded the Arthur J. Monroe Cup, given by the class of 1901 for successful participation in major sports and academics. He also received a Sherman Award.

Vigneau attended the University of New Hampshire, where he excelled as an offensive tackle in football. He was named a 1977 college football All-American, Academic All-American, team captain and, in 1984, was inducted into the University of New Hampshire Athletic Hall of Fame. Upon graduation, he turned down National Football League offers in order to enter the coaching profession. He coached for eight years at Boston University and at the University of New Hampshire before returning to graduate school and, ultimately, back to Vermont. He also earned an MBA from Columbia University.

Vigneau and his wife founded a series of sports and craft camps that helped shape a generation, all while raising a family of four. A former college football All-American, he has committed much of his high school, college, and post-college life to the pursuit of athletics as an athlete and coach. His outstanding work with young athletes through his summer sports programs received national recognition. Featured on the nationally syndicated TV show, "More than a game," he has been honored for his decision to give back to the communities of northern New England since 1982 and for his active leadership among high school and youth athletes and coaches. He is a board member of the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. A frequent speaker at football banquets, through VASSC, he also sponsored the Vermont HS Division I League Championship Trophy.

He now serves as President & CEO of the YMCA of Greenfield, Mass.

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