Monday, February 03, 2014


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With Kevin Kelly's move from head coach at Georgetown to defensive coordinator at Ball State, I was asked the other day if I could dig up a photo of the 1995 Dartmouth coaching staff that featured Kelly among others. The Big Green went 7-2-1 that fall and 10-0 the next fall on the way to a 22-game unbeaten streak.

The 1995 staff not only enjoyed great success at Dartmouth but afterward as well. Among others . . .

• Head coach John Lyons went on to become defensive coordinator and then interim head coach of the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe and was the third year defensive coordinator at New Hampshire last fall, helping the Wildcats to the national semifinals.

• Tight ends coach Pete Lembo went on to become the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year at Lehigh in 2001, rebuilt the Elon program and after a 6-6 first year has gone 19-7 in his last two years as head coach at Ball State.

• Linebackers coach Kevin Kelly was the 2011 Patriot League Coach of the Year at Georgetown and a finalist for the 2011 Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year Award before accepting the offer this offseason to move on to Ball State.

• Offensive line coach Tom Gilmore is in his 10th year as head coach at Holy Cross. In 2009 he was Patriot League Coach of the Year and the New England Coach of the Year, and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award as well as the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award.

• Offensive coordinator Roger Hughes led Princeton to the 2006 Ivy League title and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award as the national coach of the year after the Tigers were picked sixth in the preseason poll. Hughes is now the head coach at Stetson, where he helped resurrect football last year.

• Defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa coaches defensive backs at Boston College under former Dartmouth assistant and current BC defensive coordinator Don Brown. Lempa left Dartmouth to coach in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers.

• Offensive line assistant Joe Leslie is an assistant coach at Brown and has been a part of two Ivy League championship teams since leaving Dartmouth.

• Running backs and special teams coach Dave Rackovan helped Princeton to the 2006 Ivy League title as the Tigers' offensive coordinator and today is head coach at Central Bucks South High School in Pennsylvania.

• Defensive line coach Pat O'Leary went on to Holy Cross where he coached under Tom Gilmore and helped bring the Crusader program back to respectability.

• Strength coach Eric Lawson went on to be the Head Speed/Strength and Conditioning Physiologist with the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs and strength and conditioning coach for the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.

• Defensive ends coach Ed Walsh left football in favor of private business.

• Wide receivers coach Frank Hershey died of cancer in 1998 and is honored with a Dartmouth postseason award in his name honoring a player with a zest for life, an upbeat attitude and sincere desire.

Wednesday is National Signing Day for the rest of the world and a dress rehearsal for Ivy League-bound high school seniors. A great many of them will join in the Signing Day activities but because the Ivies don't recognize the Letter of Intent they aren't signing anything official. Regular-decision commits aren't bound to their schools until acceptances go out and they send in their paperwork in the spring.
Tons of stories out there about Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his late father Harry, a former Big Green standout. In other Super Bowl news featuring Seattle quarterbacks with Dartmouth connections, here's the lede of a story . . .
Former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp found support and encouragement during his career by meeting regularly with other Christian players on his team. Now he's encouraging groups of men to gather in locations throughout the U.S. for Stepping Up Super Saturday, an event that addresses manhood and is designed to help them become godly leaders in their homes, churches and communities.

Click here for the above Christian Post Q&A with former Dartmouth QB Jeff Kemp '81. "Kemper" played for the Rams, 49ers, Seahawks and Eagles between 1981 and 1991.