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LeVangie Steps Down from Charger Program a Legend

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CRAFTSBURY – As Craftsbury Academy (CA) and Hazen Union athletic departments officially merge this coming fall, head coach Mike LeVangie will step away from a legendary Charger cross-country program that he built as winners of the last four Division III boys’ state championships.

LeVangie took over the Charger program in 2019 with just five runners total, but quickly tripled the program’s numbers and created a culture of team unity that berthed a four-year stretch of championship success that is unmatched at such a small school. LeVangie’s boys’ program brought the Division III state championship back to the Common for the first time in school history in 2020 behind a pair of talented freshmen in Cormac Leahy and Charlie Krebs who finished 1st and 2nd individually.

The Charger boys repeated in 2021 and the Charger girls’ program finished third in the Division III state championships that same year, their highest finish in school history. LeVangie’s boys’ squad also qualified for New Englands that fall and became the first Division III program in Vermont history to qualify in consecutive years the very next season. His boys’ program put their stamp on their dynastic run in ’23 and this past fall with two more Division III state titles. LeVangie also played a vital role as an assistant coach with the CA track and field team, helping the boys’ program capture the school’s first Division IV state title in 2022, along with a third overall finish for the girls’ program in 2021. Former Hardwick Gazette member and legendary runner Jim Flint was instrumental in developing the track and field program at CA and had the following to say about his friend and former colleague.

“Mike has given so much to the Craftsbury running community since starting as head cross-country coach in 2019. Coach Mike expanded the horizons of the CA athletes, creating opportunities for the cross-country team to travel to regional races in New York and New England. The young men and women he coached will always remember that becoming a champion starts with believing that you can. While a few athletes have gone on to run in college, many more gained a lifelong love for running through their positive high school experience with Coach Mike. What an outstanding coach and even better human being,” said Flint.

ed. note: An earlier version of this story mistakenly indicated that CA and Hazen Union cross-country and track and field programs would compete under the Wildcat umbrella. Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union Communicationse Specialist, Lisa Stinson said, “Craftsbury Schools will have middle school and high school XC Running teams that will compete under the Craftsbury name.”

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