2015 Coaches Announced
NH Head Coach: Justin Leonard
VT Head Coach: Brian Grady
For Release – Friday, November 20, 2015
Plans for the 63rd annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl are well underway and the Board of Governors is pleased to announce the 2016 head coaches. Justin Leonard, head coach for the Epping/Newmarket Blue Devils high school football team will serve as the New Hampshire Head Coach, while Brian Grady of Fair Haven Union High School Slaters will lead the Vermont Shrine team.
The summer classic brings together some of the finest high school football players from New Hampshire and Vermont where the real winners are the kids in the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The 2016 game will, again, be played at Castleton University in Castleton VT. Game date is Saturday August 6 with the pageantry of the parade starting at 3:30pm and kickoff scheduled for 5:30pm..
With the announcement of Head Coaches, General Chairman Kristi Morris said "We welcome both Coaches to our Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl family for 2016. The Board of Governors appreciates their dedication to football and the selfless time and commitment that this position requires as they prepare their teams for next summer’s game."
In accepting the New Hampshire Head Coach position Coach Leonard says; “The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl been always been a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved. I have wanted to be a part of this game since I was a player at Concord High School (Grad. 2001). Many great players and coaches have taken part in this game and to be included in the same category is truly a great honor. My grandfather was a Shriner, and every time Shrine season comes up I am reminded by multiple people that my grandfather was a part of this great organization.”
Upon his acceptance Coach Grady says; “I want to thank the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl for the privilege to coach this year Vermont Shrine team. It is a real honor. Having been part of the Shrine game 6 times previously, I have developed a real appreciation for the mission of the Shrine game, “Strong legs run so that Weak legs may walk”.