THE ALUMNI MAGAZINE OF NORWICH UNIVERSITY
Photo: B&W photo of coach Barry Mynter and players

The former Cadets football coach touched many lives—and a community

BY JAMES THIVIERGE

NORWICH RECORD | Fall 2020

In May, longtime Norwich football coach and local Northfield resident Barry Mynter, 83, passed away. Soon after, tributes celebrating the life and impact of the former coaching great began pouring in. In all, Mynter spent 25 years working for the Norwich athletic department, where he assumed a variety of leadership roles, including 16 years as the head football coach. It was a storied run. Mynter remains the all-time-winningest head coach in Cadets football history.

“Coach Mynter took a personal investment in his players, his coaches, and all those who worked within the program,” reflects Bob Anderson ’86. “Coach Mynter, for me, demonstrated his unconditional love of the game during each team meeting, practice, post-game talk, and during one-on-one meetings in his office.

“He passionately and intellectually loved football for all the game could teach us and teach him. Although a St. Lawrence grad, Coach Mynter embodied the best of what Norwich University is—a place where leaders are tested, where courage is part of the daily bread, and where young boys and girls transform into men and women of caliber.”

“Through all his teachings, Coach walked his talk and served me and so many as a mentor, teacher, football coach, and friend. His presence on campus will be … missed.”

NEW SCHOLARSHIP

Norwich alumni are establishing The Barry W. Mynter Family Scholarship to give back to the Northfield and Vermont community that Barry and his wife, Connie, came to love so much. The newly created scholarship will benefit students in good academic standing who demonstrate financial need and are Vermont residents. For details, visit alumni.norwich.edu/give/mynterscholarship.

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