Wednesday, June 21, 2017

JoMo Speaks

Onetime Dartmouth linebackers coach Joe Moglia is the guest subject on The Forbes Interview Podcast talking about "leadership, fostering talent (and) taking risks . . . " The 54-minute episode is introduced this way:
Few people achieve the rank of head coach of a Division I college football program. Even fewer chair $20 billion publicly-traded companies. Joe Moglia does both--at the same time. Moglia, the head coach of Coastal Carolina football and the chairman of TD Ameritrade has one of the unique resumes in modern business.
Raised in a rough New York neighborhood, Moglia worked his way up to an assistant coach on Dartmouth College's football squad before leaving for a job at Merrill Lynch where he rose the executive ranks. In 2001 he became CEO of then struggling broker, TD Ameritrade. As CEO he grew the online broker's market cap to $10 billion from $700 million. In 2008 Moglia stepped down as CEO to chase his dream of coaching college football--a move many in both finance and sports wrote-off as impossible. Nonetheless, Moglia has led Coastal Carolina since 2011 delivering an overall record of 51-15, and with it three conference championships. 
CLICK HERE to listen in as Moglia offers up his story, which begins with him sleeping on an army cot and trying to survive Hanover winters while living in an unheated storage room above the old football offices in Davis Varsity House.

Moglia's road from football and Dartmouth was told in a 2009 Forbes story headlined, From Boardroom To Gridiron At 60.
A Canadian Football League preview story this week in the Toronto Sun looks at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and notes that former Dartmouth standout Garrett Waggoner '13 is among those no longer on the CFL team's roster.
Former Dartmouth linebacker Alex McCrory gets a mention in a story about his brother Jack choosing to commit to Ohio University as a linebacker. (LINK) Last fall Jack honored his injured older brother by dedicating a big game to him. (LINK)
Kudos to the University of New Hampshire for starting up a Fan Advisory Board, "which is being created to foster discussion among various representatives from the Wildcat community to offer the best possible fan experience at all UNH athletic events." (LINK)

Green Alert Take: I don't know how many Ivy League schools have that kind of board but it's something they might want to consider given the direction attendance has been going to a lot of events.