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A Long, Slow Climb

With any luck, Phil Hanlon will soon begin to reverse the trend towards mediocrity at the College that is the legacy of the Wright/Kim/Folt administrations. AD Harry Sheehy began that uphill climb in Athletics when he came on board in September 2010. But turning around anything is slow going. Look at the record of our athletic teams over the last four seasons in Ivy League competition:


Don’t forget that for many decades, at least until the mid-1990’s, Dartmouth was known as the Ivy League athletic power. How the mighty can fall when a weak administration does not insist on excellence, and does not put in place a good AD and give Athletics the support that it needs to succeed. But things are improving, albeit slowly.

Bruce Wood at the Big Green Alert blog published the above figures, and he reproduced a note from the Athletics Department commenting on our teams’ poor results:

Not to excuse our lack of success in winning championships, but over the same four-year period Dartmouth teams finished in second place in the Ivy League fourteen times and tied for second four times. Twelve different teams accounted for these eighteen top-2 finishes. We are knocking on the door but need to learn to knock it down.

Steady progress is being made. Here’s to hoping that the dam will break soon enough. When it does, recall that our eventual success was several years in the making.

Addendum: In addition to the BGA blog, Bruce Wood has a BGA Premium site that focuses on Dartmouth football. You can find more info on Premium here; sign up here.


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