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Perreault back as AD at WRV

  • White River Valley Coach Tim Perreault, right, joins in a cheer with Fiona Vaillancourt, left, and the rest of his lineup before they take the court in the second quarter against Sharon Academy in Sharon, Vt., Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. valley news file — James M. Patterson

  • On the first day of school at White River Valley Middle School in Bethel, Vt., teachers, from left, Tony Snow, Siobhan Kelly, Mindi Wimett, Nancy Pejouhy and Tim Perreault are introduced to students during their community meeting with the whole school on Aug. 29, 2018. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. valley news file — Jennifer Hauck

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 7/25/2022 10:08:46 PM
Modified: 7/25/2022 10:08:48 PM

Tim Perreault’s career is finally coming full circle.

From 1996 until 2011, Perreault was the athletic director at the now-defunct Whitcomb High School in Bethel, and continued to teach physical education and driver’s education after leaving the AD post. When Whitcomb merged with South Royalton in 2018 to form White River Valley High, he kept teaching there and took over the girls’ basketball program, leading the Wildcats to Barre Auditorium and the VPA Division III semifinals this past winter.

Now, he’s an athletic director again, taking over WRV’s department following the departure of former AD Heidi Wright for Oxbow.

“Four years ago, when we had our merger, the big thing was trying to connect Bethel and South Royalton,” Perreault said. “They were rival groups, rival schools, rival communities. And now all of a sudden, we had to bring it together. We weren’t South Royalton Royals, we weren’t Whitcomb Hornets, we were White River Valley Wildcats. In four years, we’ve made decent strides.”

Perrault coached girls’ basketball at Whitcomb for the first 11 years of his tenure as athletic director, after which he transitioned to coaching youth sports as his son and daughter began playing. His daughter Ella, now a rising senior at WRV, was a starter for the basketball team last season, averaging 7.4 points per game.

In addition to athletics, Perreault will also oversee WRV’s music and drama programs as the full-time co-curricular director. He will no longer be teaching P.E. or driver’s education, but is staying on as girls’ basketball coach for a team that returns all but one player from the 2021-22 squad that finished 17-5.

“He has some great ideas about getting certain banners and signs around town,” new WRV principal Jeff Thomas said. “A lot of people may not go to our website to find out the schedules, so by putting a sign out front like they used to do, somebody’s driving by the school or downtown and they see a sign that there’s a game, they just may stop in.”

Perreault said he plans to spend around two days each week at the middle school campus in Bethel to stay connected with the students there. He also proposed “Wildcat Nights” where middle school athletes would come to the South Royalton campus and play a soccer or basketball game at the high school.

Thomas said Perreault mentioned starting an athletic leadership group to encourage all student-athletes, not just captains, to become leaders. Bringing back homecoming, which the school has not held since before the pandemic began, is also on the table. Perreault also discussed decorating the bridge that connects the student parking lot to the school with Wildcats green and yellow.

“I’m excited to get back into athletics,” Perreault said. “I don’t know how many more years I’ll be in education, but I have no plans to retire. It’s a new step for me. Every time there’s a new beginning, with the merger, I get rejuvenated, and that’s how I feel about this position. There’s always tons of emails and text messages and meetings coming up, so we’re hitting the ground running.”

Benjamin Rosenberg can be reached at brosenberg@vnews.com or 603-727-3302.




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