LEGACY

Scott Legacy speaks with a wrestler during his tenure as coach of Mount Anthony. Legacy was named as the greatest high school coach in Vermont by MaxPreps.

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BENNINGTON — Former Mount Anthony wrestling coach Scott Legacy was named by MaxPreps as the greatest high school coach in the history of Vermont in a recent article.

Legacy took over the MAU wrestling program in the 1980’s and quickly turned it into one of the powerhouses throughout the country. Legacy’s Patriots won 28 straight state championships beginning in 1988 until the coach left MAU in 2016 to start a wrestling program at Castleton University.

That streak is still alive today, now at 32 straight state titles. Legacy’s longtime assistant Brian Coon took over for the legendary coach and has brought home four state championships of his own in as many years. Even after leaving Bennington, Legacy’s fingerprints are still all over the Patriots dynasty.

All of Legacy’s coaching stats are impressive. He produced 168 individual champions on the mat and 84 All-American wrestlers during his tenure. Legacy was named the national Coach of the Year for the USA Today all-USA Wrestling Team in 2014.

Mount Anthony’s streak will not expand to 33 straight titles in 2021. The Vermont wrestling season has been canceled due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Deemed a high-risk sport by the state, MAU will have to wait until the 2021-2022 season for a chance at extending their record-breaking winning streak.

Michael Mawson can be reached on Twitter @Mawson_Sports or via email at mmawson@benningtonbanner.com.


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