Friday, December 30, 2011

Another Familiar Name

Kevin Lempa, a Dartmouth assistant coach from 1991-96, has been named defensive coordinator at Columbia by new head coach Pete Mangurian.

Lempa was the DC of the undefeated 1996 Big Green. Prior to spending last season on the staff at Central Connecticut, Lempa was on the Maryland staff for four years and before that at Boston College. He also worked at Hawaii and in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers.

Find Lempa's Columbia bio here and the announcement of other staff members – including an offensive coordinator whose last stop was as QB coach with the Denver Broncos - here.

From one of the numerous stories (link) popping up about Joe Moglia, the former Dartmouth assistant now the head man at Coastal Carolina :
. . . (H)e was living in an unheated storage room above the football offices at Dartmouth . . .
That would be in Davis Varsity House. Perhaps the most famous resident of Davis lived there in the mid-1950s. A young basketball coach by the name of Al McGuire.

A running back from upstate New York has chosen Harvard over Dartmouth, Princeton and Cornell. Tailback Dominick DeLucia told the Democrat and Chronicle:
"The differences between the schools are so small," DeLucia said. "They are such great places, it didn't really come down to one thing.

"I really enjoyed the people I met when I went on my visit to Harvard. I liked the tradition there. It felt like a great fit."

Working for the Associated Press last night at 35th annual Dartmouth's Blue Sky Classic - the longest continually running women's college basketball tournament in the country - I had a great view of the newly installed banners hanging high above the perimeter of the Leede Arena basketball court. They dress the barn up quite nicely, if I do say so myself.

Speaking of basketball, can you name the seven Dartmouth products who have played in the NBA? (Hint: two played for current coach Paul Cormier.)

The full list of Dartmouth players and other Ivy Leaguers who played in the NBA accompanies a recent ESPN article about Harvard's Jeremy Lin joining the Knicks.

Oh, all right, I won't make you click through for the Dartmouth names. They are:

Rudy LaRusso, Ed Leede, George Munroe, Walter Palmer, James Blackwell, Aud Brindley and Dick McGuire, although he deserves a huge asterisk as part of this list.

Palmer and Blackwell played for Cormier.

McGuire played just five games for Dartmouth when he came north from St. John's as part of a Navy training program during World War II.

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