Lyndonville, VT - Northern Vermont University-Lyndon has announced that Reece Tanguay has been appointed as its head baseball coach. Tanguay, a 2016 graduate of Lyndon State College, has been the Hornets' associate head coach and recruiting coordinator since January, and served as interim head coach during the Fall season. He succeeds Tom White, who stepped down as head coach in July.
Tanguay graduated from Essex High School in Essex Junction, VT in 2012. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He played two seasons with the Corsairs and was a member of the Little East Conference All-Academic Team in 2014. Over five semesters at UMass-Dartmouth, he earned a GPA of 3.955. Reece transferred to Lyndon in the spring of 2015. A middle infielder, he was a consistent performer with the bat and glove over his two seasons with the program, garnering Second Team All-North Atlantic Conference selections in 2015 and 2016. He was named a captain in 2016 and was the recipient of the Dudley Bell Award as Lyndon's most outstanding male athlete. Tanguay was also the inaugural winner of the NAC Baseball Senior Scholar Athlete Award, given to him for his accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. He graduated from Lyndon in 2016 with a 4.00 GPA.
Tanguay's coaching career began in 2015, when he served as an assistant coach for the South Burlington American Legion baseball team. In 2016, he helped coach the Vermont Jays Travel Baseball Club in the summer and the Vermont Royal Showcase Team in the fall. In the spring of 2017, Reece served as an assistant for Vermont state Division One runner-up Essex High School before joining the coaching staff of the state champion Franklin County Post 01 American Legion club. This past summer he was the head coach of the Essex Post 91 19U state champion American Legion team. In addition to coaching the Hornets, Tanguay is currently employed as a substitute teacher at Colchester Middle School.
Tanguay had this to say about leading the Hornet program: "I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to lead our student athletes going forward, and I'd like to particularly thank Chris Gilmore, Jamey Ventura, and President Collins for placing their trust in me. I hope to build a winning program by continuing the momentum created under Coach White. My primary goal will be to bring in great people to our university and give them a terrific college experience."
NVU-Lyndon interim athletic director Chris Gilmore added "Northern Vermont University-Lyndon athletics is excited to welcome Reece as our new baseball coach. He has proved as a player and as our interim coach his vast knowledge of the game. Reece knows the importance of the Lyndon baseball traditions and understands it's future paths. He is a great addition to our staff."
Tanguay will make his debut as head coach when the Hornets travel to Florida over February break to compete in the RussMatt Invitational Tournament. The tournament game schedule is expected to be released in the near future.