Meet the New Lebanon Athletic Director
A Familiar Face in The Upper Valley Returns
There is an old saying that proclaims: “Timing is everything in life!”
The newly hired athletic director at Lebanon High School subscribes to that theory 100 percent as he moves into his office to accept a new challenge in his life.
At age 57, Mike Stone reenters the Upper Valley sporting scene with an impressive resume, having served as head coach for the Hartford Hurricanes football team from 1986-2013, leading that program to 13 Vermont championship appearances and winning 10 titles. From there he served as an assistant coach at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, from 2014-2015.
Mike will be leaving the world of coaching behind to take on the AD position having signed a contract with Lebanon High School that will not allow him back on the sidelines during his administrative tenure.
“It really is all about timing at this stage of my life,” Mike explained. “This is something I always wanted to do and when this position opened I was really excited. My three sons have all gone on to enter successful careers and I really wanted the opportunity to spend more time with my wife Virginia (GiGi) and allow us to be a part of the family activities more often. Coaching all those years did not allow me as much time as I would have liked with my family.”
The Wilder, Vt., resident was quick to point out that the new position presents a true challenge at this stage of his career but explained that he has been a bit overwhelmed with the support he has already experienced.
“Zac Stevenson, who held this position before me, has been wonderful by offering me so much support. I put in a call to him about every day and he has given me so much help. Also I have to credit my administrative assistant Pam Spaulding. She has been amazing helping me adjust. There is a lot to this position and I am just trying to come up to speed with their help.”
The veteran coach has been no stranger to the Upper Valley high school athletic scene and even competed against the Lebanon Raiders back in the old Connecticut Valley League when the Hartford-Lebanon rivalry was intense. He has long admired the Lebanon support for high school athletics.
“That is part of what drew me here,” he noted. “I’ve always admired the passionate people here in Lebanon and how they support their student athletics. It will be an honor to represent those people with all the athletic programs.”
Anyone who has worked with Mike or competed against him knows about his work ethic and his dedication to excellence, and he intends to bring those traits to his new position.
“The bottom line is to make Lebanon athletics the best experience possible. We have excellent coaching staffs who are all striving to bring their sport to a higher level. I plan to be as visible as possible to everyone involved, coaches, student-athletes and parents. I will also work behind the scenes talking with students and Lebanon fans and listening to their input.”
Mike started his new position July 1st and here it is August with Lebanon athletics about to get underway. The one question that remains the elephant in the room: How will he react when the leaves start changing color and football returns, and he will watch the action from the stands for the very first time?
Before answering that, Mike leaned back in his chair and offered his famous smile.
“We will just have to see how that works!"