MAU's Paro steps away after 17 seasons


BENNINGTON -- After 124 wins, 17 seasons and five VPA Division I State Tournament semifinal appearances, Mount Anthony Union High School field hockey coach Laura Paro is resigning from her post.

Paro, who was the second-longest tenured field hockey coach at MAU behind program founder Anita Caswell, is stepping down due to a family move to Connecticut.

"The winning's been there, but it's more about relationships with the kids and the families," Paro said. "It's as much about what they've accomplished off the field that's been very rewarding."

Paro's Patriots went 11-5 in the 2013 season, the fourth time Paro hit 11 wins as MAU coach, before falling to Essex in the D-I semifinals.

The Patriots were co-champions of the Marble Valley League this season, and Paro was selected to coach the Vermont team in the Twin State game, which will be held in July.

A phone call to the Banner revealed the resignation early on Monday, while an email from MAU athletic director Tim Brown confirmed the news later in the day.

"I've always had very good support from Tim Brown, Mount Anthony and the other coaches," said Paro, who will remain in the area until June when her son graduates from Mount Anthony Union Middle School.

Paro's work as coach started in 1997, when she led the team to a 4-8-2 record.

After posting only one winning season in her first seven seasons, Paro guided the Patriots to a .500 mark or better in eight of her final 10 seasons, including two straight 10 win or better seasons and appearances in the the State semifinals in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. She ends her career at MAU with a record of 124-108-26.


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