Nicholas J Vailas

Graduating class of 1972



Born in Manchester, NH to Greek immigrant parents and raised in a family of five brothers, Nicholas Vailas is the quintessential Manchester success story. Living in close proximity, during his formative years, to the Athletic Field - now Gill Stadium - he was nurtured in the shadow of the city's athletic greats, learning that hard work and determination are the greatest elements for success in any field. From his beginnings as a student at Maynard Elementary School playing basketball, to his distinguished tenure at Central on the football field, winning two Division I State Championships, Nick remained a focused and determined individual. He served as Captain of Central's 1971-72 team, earning All-State Honors. He then represented New Hampshire in the coveted Shrine Football Game. Continuing his education at Plymouth, he was a four-year starter in football, captain of the defense and earned Honorable Mention in All-Conference Honors. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Nick went on to study Biomechanics at Dalhousie University and to coach football at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He then returned to his alma mater to teach science and coach football and track in the Manchester high schools. After receiving his Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Michigan, he again returned to his hometown to establish a fitness and therapy facility, ultimately propelling him into the healthcare industry. Since then, he has established ten physical therapy practice partnerships throughout Southern New Hampshire and co-founded the Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center, the first independent, multi-specialty surgical center in New Hampshire, of which he serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board. While Nick's contributions to athletics are well-known and his business acumen unparalleled, his philanthropic endeavors are even more far-reaching. Not only has he served as New Hampshire's Commissioner of Health and Human Services, but he has also contributed personally to the overall health of his hometown. Recognizing the need for young people to have strong mentoring in their early years, Nick has committed much of his time, energy and resources to the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester, a haven for many children throughout the city. Married to Mary Ann, Nick has five children: Nicole, James, Andrew, Thomas and Michael, and he has imbued in them the same work ethic and devotion to family and to one's greater community that continue to enrich the fabric of his own life. For these many reasons, the Manchester High School Central Hall of Fame includes Nicholas Vailas among its distinguished members.