Head Coaches Named for the 65th Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl
2018 NH Head Coach: Patrick Riberdy from Winnisquam High School
2018 VT Head Coach: Greg Balch from Windsor High School
Lebanon, NH - December 13, 2017: Plans for the 65th Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl are well underway and the Board of Governors is pleased to announce the 2018 head coaches. Greg Balch, Head Coach for the Windsor High School Football Team, will lead the Vermont team and Patrick Riberdy, Head Football Coach at Winnisquam Regional High School, will coach the New Hampshire team.
This summer classic brings together some of the finest high school football players from Vermont and New Hampshire where the real winners are the kids in the Shriners Hospitals for Children. This 2018 game will again be played at Castleton University in Castleton, VT on Saturday, August 4 with the pageantry of the parade starting at 3:30 pm and kickoff scheduled for 5:30 pm.
With the announcement of Head Coaches, General Chairman Kristi Morris said, "We welcome both Coaches to our Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl family for 2018. 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."
Coach Balch is a graduate of Windsor High School (1992) and Castleton University (1995) and earned his MBA from Plymouth University in 1999. He works in a business management role for FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc. in Lebanon, NH. He coached junior high football at Windsor from 2008-2012 until taking over the Varsity program in 2013. He lives in Hartland, VT and is married with four children.
Coach Balch stated, "I grew up in awe of the Shrine game in respect to the quality of play and the significance of the game." He said it was an exciting moment for his entire family when his nephew (Jeffrey Danyew) participated in 2008. He states that he had witnessed firsthand the excitement and the sense of pride and teamwork that this game can fuel.
Coach Balch added, "I am truly honored to be selected to coach this game in 2018. I look forward to stressing the significance of the game and the power of coming together for a good cause. We can make a big difference in a short period of time with focus, determination, and teamwork." He goes on further to say that he enters the role as coach with a sense of great pride and responsibility and looks forward to being part of a Vermont team and a community that supports the great purpose of the Shriner's.
Coach Riberdy is head football coach at Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton, NH. He grew up in Franklin, NH and played youth and high school football graduating from Franklin High School in 1987. He furthered his education at Manchester Technical College and Plymouth State University.
Coach Riberdy has just completed his 11th year as head coach at Winnisquam with previous experience with the Franklin-Tilton Falcons starting in 1999. His 2009 WRHS team made the finals and in 2015 the semifinals with multiple playoff berths. He stated, "In2009 a very proud moment for our program was the Joe Yukica, NH Chapter "most improved" Program Award.
Coach Riberdy further stated, "As this year's selected coach, I am honored and appreciate the opportunity to help the Shriner's organization by bringing awareness to such a great cause that helps so many children in need by raising donations from the NHNT Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. I am excited to take part in all of the tradition associated with this event."
Coach Riberdy currently resides in Sanbornton, NH with his wife Ryann and is the proud father of one son, Jordan Riberdy, who is an alumni of Winnisquam Regional High School.
Approximately 200 players from Vermont and New Hampshire have been nominated by their respective head coaches. The screening committees, chaired by the two head coaches, will select the two
36-man teams in January.
With a little over eight months before game day, the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl continues to actively focus on fundraising for the world's greatest philanthropy, that of supporting children in need at our Shrine hospitals. The game contributes to three hospitals in our area; Shriners orthopedic hospitals in Springfield, MA, Montreal Quebec in Canada and our world-renowned Burns Hospital in Boston, MA.
The Shrine Game has raised thousands of dollars over the past 64-years for the support of Shrine Hospitals and is sponsored by the Cairo Shriner Center in Rutland, VT and the Mt. Sinai Shriner Center in Montpelier, VT. The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Board of Governors is extremely pleased to have such talented, dedicated and self-motivated individuals as the two 2017 head coaches.
Kristi C. Morris