Paul has played High School level football as a Quarterback, is a Veteran of the Ice Storm and has also played Quarterback for the Vermont Ravens, based in Barre, VT.
They have a passion for the community and, with the help of the heart of the Ice Storm Organization, are committed to seeing the Ice Storm succeed for many years to come!
Owner/Vice President of Administration
Along with purchasing the team Dan wanted to bring back his long time mentor, friend and Co- founder of the Vermont Ice Storm, Dave Baldwin, as his Co-Owner and Vice President.
RedzoneVT LLC was incorporated soon after as a sports management company registered with the Vermont Secretary Of State file number: L0036239. RedzoneVT LLC owns the trade name "Vermont Ice Storm Semi Pro Football" registered with the Vermont Secretary Of State file number: O174899, its logo, web sight, and the right to play in the Empire Football League.
In July 2012 after successfully rebuilding the organization and seeing it sucessfully take off he stepped down turning his former postion over to one of his new hand picked owners Paul Barclay to become one of the Vice Presidents/Owners and spend more time pursuing other business endeavors and his education.
Dan Lawson, an 8th generation Vermontah, grew up in Montpelier where he went to school and played youth and then high school football for the D I Montpelier Solons.
After graduation he went to college in Montreal where he played football for the AAA John Abbott Islanders. John Abbott College along with Norwich University and Castleton State College have been most represented on the Ice Storm with former football players.
For several years after college he ran his own men’s flag football team which played in the Central Vermont Adult Flag Football league winning two league championships. During this time he organized and put on the North East Regional Flag Football tournament which included teams from Burlington, Plattsburg and Bennington for two yrs.
Dan joined the Ice Storm in mid regular season 2003, played in 2004, pre season 2005, pre season 2007, 2008 including the USA Bowl National Championship game, pre-season 2010, and joined the coaching ranks as the Assistant Defensive Coordinator for the regular season after that.
Dan owns, besides RedzoneVT LLC, Lawson Property Maintenance, Vermont Academy of Karate Jujitsu Kan/VT Mixed Martial Arts and is a distributor for USANA Health Sciences.
Dan is a 3rd Degree Blackbelt in the art of Karate - Jitsu and was one of the top fighter's in New England competing for many years on the I.P.P.O.N.E. circuit. He also holds ranks in Tang So Do, Yoshin Rue Jujitsu and Brazilian Juijitsu and various Mixed Martial Art Certifications. Being a very well rounded man he is an avid hunter and fisherman. He also can be found on the ski slopes, the waterways slalom skiing, or kayaking.
His hobbies included studying and taking primitive living and survival skills, herbal medicine courses, and collecting antique snowmobiles.
Quote from Co-founder Matt Timney in the Ice Storm Face Book "Locker room".
“I got word today from Dave Baldwin that Dan Lawson purchased the Ice Storm. Nothing could have made me happier. Dan when asked to play years ago put the pads right on and has always been a integral part of the team, and the spirit of the team. I know Dan will run things properly, the way we started the team. Dan loved our philosophy of football, and I am so glad that he has the team. The Ice Storm is all a part of us, and I know Dan will keep that mantra alive. Dan you are a true football player thank you for letting the legend live on”.
Owner/Vice President of Team Operations/Founder
(see Dave Baldwin/Matt Timney/History/ Tribute page).
While on the Ice Storm, Dave was voted in as an N.E.F.L. All Star linebacker, Ice Storm Defensive Player Of the Year, and also was voted Mr. Ice Storm, (which is the teams highest honor), multiple times in the early years of the organization. As a former BOD member/owner Dave also helped shape organizational policies, and was instrumental at building the defensive playbooks and helped as a player/coach on the defensive side of the ball. He also was the Defensive Coordinator in 2010 and stepped into the Head Coaching position for one game (a victory over Plattsburgh) due to HC Salmons absense for his daughters wedding.
Baldwin also took the lead in alumni relations and held the annual team "draft bash" at his camp that really was a way for old and new players alike to meet and catch up on Ice Storm news.
Dave works at a local currier service and is married to Angel Baldwin and together they have three children Victoria, Hayleigh and Emma.