Picard named Burlington American Legion coach

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — J. Matthew Picard, a 2010 graduate of Lyndon, has been named Head Coach of the Burlington American Legion baseball program. Picard, the ace of the Hornet pitching staff from 2006-09, will begin his tenure with the Lynx in the upcoming season.

Over the past several years, Picard has served as pitching coach with the highly-successful Colchester Cannons American Legion program. In December of 2011, he was named Assistant Coach of the Burlington High School Varsity Baseball Program.

In his collegiate days, Picard led Lyndon to a berth in the 2008 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship Tournament. That season the left-hander was 7-5 on the season with an earned-run-average of 2.75. In 62 and two-thirds innings of work, he allowed 21 earned runs on 69 hits while striking out 54 and walking 24. His performance earned him an Honorable Mention on the 2008 USCAA All-American team.

In 2009, Picard missed most of the season with a knee injury, but returned late in the campaign to hit .264 as the Hornets' designated hitter. In 18 starts, he collected 14 hits, four doubles, one home run and six runs-batted-in.

A native of Winooski, Vt., Picard has also held a number of positions – including Head Groundskeeper - with the Vermont Lake Monsters, the short-season Single A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics over the past several summers.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science/Self-Design from Lyndon in May 2010. He is currently employed as a para-educator in the Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans School District and officiates high school basketball in the winter months.

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