Monday, February 10, 2014

Texas Bound

The Eagle Tribune in Massachusetts has a story about former Dartmouth offensive coordinator John Perry moving from the University of Delaware to take over as tight ends coach with the Houston Texans. JP coached at Dartmouth from 1999-2004 and it's safe to say that when he was here we saw some pretty innovative formations and plays adapted from his days at New Hampshire.

Find Perry's most recent Delaware bio here.
It doesn't happen often but on Signing Day a player who starred directly across the street at Hanover High School signed a letter of intent to play college football at the DI level. Shawn Cavallaro, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound speedster, will be on the other side of the field on Sept. 27 when Dartmouth visits the University of New Hampshire. Check out his highlight video on the UNH site.

Rarest of all is a Hanover kid who goes on to the FBS level. The only recruited FBS scholarship player out of Hanover in recent years was tight end Carl Cutler, who had an injury plagued career at Syracuse before finishing up in 2012. Find his bio here.

The most recent Hanover player to suit up for Dartmouth is 6-4 sophomore Daniel Gorman, who last fall led the Big Green jayvees in receiving for the second year in a row. Find his bio here.
Dartmouth senior Will Geoghegan, who earlier this winter set the Ivy League mile record of 3:58.04, broke Jim Sapienza's 29-year-old school record in the 3,000 over the weekend, running 7:51.57. The old record was 7:54.60.

Here's the line from the story in The Dartmouth that caught my eyes:
Three more Dartmouth runners came close to breaking a four-minute mile. John Bleday ’14 and Steve Mangan ’14 both improved on their times from last week, respectively running 4:00.69 and 4:00.86. Tim Gorman ’16 was also close to the elusive mark, finishing in 4:01.64.
Is it possible Dartmouth could have four runners break four minutes before the year is out? It's astonishing even to be able to pose the question.
The Dartmouth has a story and charts about the precipitous drop in applications to the college this year. The good news is that Dartmouth is in pretty select company with the only other school seeing a decline being Harvard. The bad news is that Dartmouth apps dropped 14 percent to Harvard's 2. The worse news is the difference between Dartmouth's decline and the growth in applications around the rest of the Ivies.
And finally, an emailer suggested sharing the address for the blog being written by Hanover's Jeff Hastings (Tuck '90), who finished fourth in the large hill ski jump at the 1984 Olympics and is once again the NBC color commentator for Olympic ski jumping. Find Jeff's blog here and enjoy. I had to laugh at his story about his make-up kit.

For the record, Jeff is a friend and I coached his son in Little League ;-)

Speaking of the Olympics, on-again, off-again Dartmouth student Hannah Kearney earned bronze in the moguls after earning gold in Vancouver. Like Hastings, she's a Hanover High grad. Current Hanover High student Julia Krass is competing in the Olympics as a slopestyle skier.

If you need a refresher, the full list of Dartmouth athletes at Sochi can be found here.