SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Teams usually reflect their coach for obvious reasons. A coach shapes a team with things like style of play and overall character, as well as personality, and at levels before the professional ranks the coach often shapes the team much more than a pro coach does. In the case of Vermont Academy, the idea of a team reflecting its coach takes on even more meaning because of who their coach is: the youngest in Class AA.
Jesse Bopp left the school to join the staff at VCU, and in his place is former assistant Cody Hatt. Barely half a decade out of college, Hatt has been fortunate to land in such a spot at this juncture, and he has a similarly young group with many underclassmen, including his best players.