Dennis Filion of South Burlington was inducted into the Vermont Principals Association (VPA) Hall of Fame May 3 in Montpelier. Filion was recognized as an individual who distinguished himself through his contributions to high school athletics.
Filion has worn many hats through the years as athlete, coach and referee. The former Mount Abraham standout spent four decades as a teacher-coach at Winooski High. Filion also was a top soccer referee at the high school and college level.
The VPA created the Hall of Fame in 2001 as a means of recognizing, preserving and promoting the heritage of interscholastic athletics/activities in Vermont. With this year’s class, nearly 250 individuals have been selected for induction by the VPA Hall of Fame Committee. Inductees must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character.
In addition to Filion, other honored student athletes were: Callie Ewald of Richmond, a four-sport star athlete at Windsor High;, Kyle Fredette of Northwood, N.H., a Mill River Union High School all-state scorer in basketball and center striker in soccer; Kathryn “Kate” Goodchild Moser of Richmond, a Rutland High School sprinter, hurdler and long jumper; David McGinn of Danville, a three-sport athlete at Brattleboro Union High School and coach at Oxbow, Thetford and St. Johnsbury Academy; and George Peterson of Dunstable, Mass., a four-year starter in football and basketball and a three-year starter in baseball at Mill River Union High School.
Ken Campbell, who passed away in 2003, was honored in the media category. Campbell started in 1952 at the Brattleboro Reformer, where he later served as the longtime sports editor until his retirement in 1989. According to VPA, he was a pioneer in covering girls sports in Vermont while still in their infancy in the 1970s and early 80s.
Robert Goudreau of Richmond and Paul Wheeler of St. Johnsbury were the administrators inducted. Goudreau served in Vermont schools for more than 40 years, primarily as a middle school administrator and educational leader, including 38 years in the Chittenden East School District and later in Hinesburg. Wheeler has worked at Lyndon Institute in various roles, including senior staff member and for 18 years as athletic director. He also was a track and field coach and an event judge.
Mike Stone won the Hall of Fame coach category having spent more than 35 years with the Hartford School District, including an impressive 28-year career coaching football for the Hurricanes.