Friday, June 12, 2015

From Football To Futbol

Cody Press '80 had a pretty good career as a Dartmouth football player, winning the inaugural Kenneth T. Young Award in 1978 as the sophomore or junior defensive player who contributed most to the success of the team, serving as the Big Green captain in 1979 and making the All-Ivy League first team as a defensive back as senior. That's a lot of recognition but when all is said and done the most decorated athlete in the family will likely be his middle daughter.

Christen Press is a member of the U.S. women's national soccer team. The 2010 Hermann Trophy winner for the most outstanding college player in the country after pouring in 28 goals for Stanford, she will be on the field tonight when the second-ranked United States squares off against fifth-ranked Sweden in the women's World Cup in Winnipeg.

Check out yesterday's Santa Cruz Sentinel feature about Christen Press with a mention about her not-so-famous father HERE.

For a current photo of Cody and Christen (and the daughter poking a little fun at her dad) check out her BLOG.
A preview of an all-star football game on the website of California's Stockton Record (LINK) notes that the game is an introduction to the spread offense for incoming Dartmouth running back Rashaad Cooper, who played in the Wing-T at Kimball High School. From the story:
“It’s a little bit different as far as where we line up," said Cooper, who'll play football at the Ivy League’s Dartmouth College. “Personally, I like this offense. It allows you to get out in the open and read the holes yourself.”
Cooper, who ran for four touchdowns against three-time defending state champion Modesto-Central Catholic last fall, is one of the most vocal members of the offense, he said, along with Tracy’s Jones and wide receiver Josh Clarke. On defense, Edison cornerback Kiante Bell and linebacker Ja'Quan "Quanie" Williams can get loud, too.
“It’s just back and forth, offense and defense,” Cooper said.
Dartmouth gets a mention in a Discovery News story about the introduction of virtual reality training to football. In the copy-cat world of football, the innovation is catching on fast.

How fast? Check out THIS story (italics are mine):
A California-based startup firm, StriVR Labs, said this week that the Dallas Cowboys are using their VR setup to help quarterbacks like starter Tony Romo read practice defenses. Strivr co-founder Jeremy Bailenson said he expects to be on the field with another six NFL teams before the regular season starts in September. The company is already working with football teams at Stanford, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Dartmouth.