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Mar 21, 2018
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Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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Ted DiGrande

Class of 1982, Basketball

Ted DiGrande grew up watching his two older brothers, Mark and John, participate in varsity Sports at Burnt Hills. Ted was fortunate to play three sports in high school: football, baseball, and basketball. He was the starting quarterback as a senior and also played defensive end, linebacker, and safety. He was a three year starter and a member of Coach Plimpton's first Suburban Council co-championship basketball team in 1982. Ted was selected on the first team All Capital District, MVP of the Suburban Council, and Saratoga Tri-County player of the year. Ted completed his career as BH-BL’s second all-time leading scorer. He accepted a Division 1 scholarship at the University of New Hampshire.

During his freshman year, Ted was a spot-starter on UNH's ECAC North Atlantic Conference Co-championship team. As a senior, he averaged 10 points and 5 rebounds per game, leading the team in blocks, steals, dunks, turnovers and personal fouls. He graduated with a BS degree in Hotel Administration. He had an opportunity to try out for a professional team in France but chose to accept a Hotel General Manager position with Ocean Properties in Boca Raton, Florida.

Ted is happily married to his wife Suki. They reside in Essex Junction, Vermont. He enjoys coaching his sons, Eli and Ben. He has worked in lodging, healthcare and campus services for 26 years. After joining Sodexo/Marriott in 1995 in Colorado, Ted transferred to Texas, then Vermont in 1999. He is an Area General Manager based at Champlain College in Burlington, and also oversees three off-site operations.

Ted is a member of the Burlington Rotary, serves on the Essex Junction Little League board of directors, and is a former trustee at Grace United Methodist Church. He has coached in the Northern Vermont Youth Football League for six years. He led his son Eli’s CYO basketball team, St. Francis Xavier of Winooski, to two state championships, and one New England Regional championship. His younger son Ben competed in the 2010 USASA national snowboarding competition in Colorado.