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Newport High Hires Three New Coaches

Newport — The School Board on Thursday night approved the selection of three veteran coaches to run athletic programs at Newport High School starting this fall.

Larry McElreavy was selected to replace Larry Carle as the Tigers’ football coach. McElreavy has a long history of college coaching, but his first coaching job was as an assistant to Bob Underhill at Newport in 1971.

The basketball program also will be under the control of two new coaches, after Mike Hatt was named boys basketball coach and Bill Warnken was tapped to run the girls’ program.

Newport Athletic Director Doug Beaupre said he felt fortunate to find such talent available.

“We’ve got some guys with experience who want to be at Newport,” said Beaupre. “I think it is outstanding that we have people of this caliber wanting to coach here.” McElreavy’s most recent coaching position has been at Claremont Middle School, but the road to that position followed a long, interesting path.

As a Stevens High student-athlete, McElreavy was a Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl selection . He played college football at the University of New Hampshire and, after a stint in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, McElreavy began a series of college assistant jobs, including UNH and Dartmouth, before becoming the head coach at University of New Haven and later Columbia University from 1986-88. He also was a scout at the NFL Combine.

Hatt, a Springfield (Vt.) High and Springfield College graduate, had a successful tenure as basketball coach and athletic director at Stevens before taking a position at Springfield, where his basketball and football teams both won state championships. Hatt’s most recent coaching position was as football coach at Brattleboro Union High, where he is also driver training instructor. Hatt replaces Steve Lavolpicelo.

Beaupre said he has long admired Hatt as a basketball coach. “He was one of those guys that I would go to his games just to watch him coach,” Beaupre said.

Warnken, like McElreavy and Hatt, has a Stevens connection, having once coached the Stevens boys varsity basketball team. He had a previous stint as the junior varsity girls coach at Newport and spent several years as the junior varsity boys coach at Hanover. For the last two winters, Warnken has coached girls basketball at Hillsboro-Deering High.

Before Warnken coached high school teams, he was the head women’s coach at Colby-Sawyer College and held assistant positions with men’s programs at Norwich University and Vermont Technical College.

The girls program at Newport last winter was originally headed by Dave Muzzey, but he had to leave the team for personal reasons early in the season. From that point, a three-person coaching staff of Tim Spanos, Samantha Hemingway and Beaupre finished out the season .

Newport also needs to find a varsity field hockey coach to replace Shannon Martin, who was recently selected principal at Black River High in Ludlow, Vt.