January 11, 2021

Vermont Academy wishes you and yours a healthy and happy 2021!

Vermont Academy’s New Basketball Coach Brings College and NBA Experience

Vermont Academy has hired John Zall as the new boys’ varsity basketball coach. Zall arrives at Vermont Academy with over ten years of coaching experience at the NBA, NCAA, high school, and AAU levels. 
“We’re really excited for John to begin coaching for our team,” explained Dr. Jennifer Zaccara, Vermont Academy’s head of school. “This team is a known powerhouse in the prep school league with alumni currently playing in the NBA and at Division I and Ivy League schools. John’s diverse coaching experience from high school through the professional level will ensure that each of our student athletes are on the path that will lead to academic and athletic success.”
Zall comes to Vermont Academy from Division III Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. He was the Associate Head Basketball Coach and was responsible for all offensive play design, strategy and play calling. This past season Trinity led the NESCAC conference for fastest offensive pace.
Before taking on the coaching role at Trinity, Zall worked for the Dallas Mavericks in their player development department. The team advanced to the NBA playoffs during his time there. He worked directly with players such as 13-time NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki and two-time NBA All-Star Deron Williams.
"We are thrilled to welcome Coach Zall to the Vermont Academy community,” explains athletic director Wendy Bordeau. “We were impressed with John's basketball IQ. He is a lifelong student of the game. Known for his strong moral compass, player development skill, and recruiting prowess, John is well connected and respected in the basketball world. We look forward to a bright future for Vermont Academy prep basketball under his leadership."
Prior to his stint with the Mavericks, Zall was an assistant coach at Division II Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. He helped guide the Ravens to a 2013-14 NCAA Tournament Appearance. Zall arrived at Franklin Pierce after spending three seasons as the Associate Head Coach/Head JV Coach at O’Bryant High school in Roxbury, MA. During his tenure at O’Bryant the program qualified for the MIAA State Tournament twice. Zall graduated from Northeastern University in 2013 with bachelor's degree in sociology and added a master's degree in public policy from Trinity College in 2019.
“My focus with high school athletes is college success,” explains Zall. “I’ve recruited and coached players in the two best non-Division 1 leagues in the country. A lot of college freshman lack the skills they need to go to college and thrive. I’m looking forward to making sure Vermont Academy’s student athletes have the foundation they need to succeed at college and beyond.”
In addition to coaching the varsity basketball team, Zall will also be working in the college counseling office and will be working as a dorm parent.
Vermont Academy’s educational philosophy is rooted in four historical values of ingenuity, independence, community, and love of the land.

These values create the underpinnings of what we call The Vermont Academy Way, and they represent the framework that shapes the evolution of teaching and learning at Vermont Academy.

Vermont Academy awards non-need-based merit scholarships connected to each of the four values: ingenuity, independence, community, and love of the land. These scholarships are for incoming students who demonstrate promise or passion in one of these areas.

Each category awards a boarding recipient $20,000 in merit scholarship per year and a day recipient $5,000 in merit scholarship per year. Scholarships are renewable for each year a student is enrolled and is in good academic and community standing. Each category will award two total scholarships; one for day and one for boarding. Applicants have the creative freedom to determine how they fit the available categories.

If you are interested in applying for a Vermont Academy Way Scholarship, please go through the standard application process. 

1. Complete the Admissions Application HERE

2. Submit the Vermont Academy Way Recommendation Form and Student Essay Form to your admissions officer or admissions@vermontacademy.org

3. Merit Scholarship Priority Applications are due on February 15

If you have any questions, give us a call at (802)-869-6229 or send us an email at admissions@vermontacademy.org. We look forward to helping you through this process!

Join us on Wednesday nights to explore your interests and to hear from faculty, students, and parents.

All sessions will be live on Zoom on Wednesday nights at 6pm EST.
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Winter Open House Series:
January 13th - College Counseling
January 20th - Health and Safety 

If you are not able to attend a session, The Series will be recorded and uploaded to our website and youtube following each event. We can also put you in touch directly with panelists if you cannot attend any session.


View our latest session below, featuring Being an International Student at Vermont Academy. 

John Terragni ’65
Sets the World Record in Bench Press

At the World Classic Powerlifting Championships, in Helsingborg, Sweden in June 2019, John Terragni ’65 set a new bench press world record for the Masters 4 (age 70+) -74/163 weight class.
He benched 111kgs/244 lbs. With his best squat of 140 kgs/308 lbs and deadlift of 165kg/363lb, he won third place overall. John’s attempts at the Worlds in Sweden can be viewed here

For those unfamiliar with the sport, powerlifters perform three events: the squat, the bench, and the deadlift. A lifter has three attempts for each, with the heaviest successful attempt being counted. Contestants place in the individual disciplines, and, at the end of the competition, the best of each lift is added together to make the lifter’s “total.” In conjunction with gender, weight classes, and age groups, the total determines placing in these so-called full-power events. The same applies to bench press in single-lift competitions, but only for the one event.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, come enjoy a coffee over conversation about VA. Meet our Admissions Team to learn more about our programs and opportunities as well as the application process, financial aid, and the health of our campus.

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Drop-in during a time slot to share informal conversation and Q&A. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dates to Remember

February 1: Application and financial aid deadline*
March 10: Admissions decisions sent to students and families
April 10: Enrollment contract and deposit due

*After February 1, applications
will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Vermont Academy's Admissions Office is here to help you through the application process, from the interview to the application and beyond.

Please contact our office for more 
information at admissions@vermontacademy.org // 802.869.6229

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