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6 ACADEMIC SUCCESS Joe Cook ’17 is the embodiment of student-athlete. Football player, engineer, innovative mind, and all Green. 10 SPEED, STRENGTH & CONDITIONING Men’s Soccer Coach Chad Riley and Strength Coach Kayleigh Fournier detail the approach that trained an Ivy Champion last fall. ON THE COVER Duncan Robinson ’16 was Ivy Pitcher of the Year in 2015.


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14 SPORTS MEDICINE & INTEGRATIVE HEALTH It takes a village. Maybe an overstatement, but Kristen Rumley ’15 earned three straight Ivy Pitcher of the Year honors and several members of the DP2 team played a role in her success. 18 LEADERSHIP Second-year coach Brendan Callahan is in the midst of a rebuilding job with Men’s Lacrosse. Leadership development and culture building top the list. See how it’s done.

ABOVE: Pictured are organizers and staff for the Memorial Challenge. The inaugural edition of this fitness event, held in memory of Blaine Steinburg ’15 (Women’s Lacrosse) and Torin Tucker ’15 (Men’s Nordic Skiing), was held on May 23, 2015. The event had over 300 participants and raised more than $32,000 for the Heart & Vascular Center at DHMC. Adam Fishman (Men’s Lacrosse, fifth from left), Janine Leger (Field Hockey, seventh from left) and Adam Frank (Baseball, not pictured), all ‘15’s, were the driving forces behind the event.

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JOE COOK A few years ago Dartmouth football was recruiting a promising quarterback interested in studying engineering. When the QB accepted a scholarship to a school in the midwest Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens was disappointed that his program lost out on a talented player. But he was more disappointed for the young man. Teevens has coached at the bowl division level and knows the drill. He understood that even though the potential recruit was a gifted student there was a high likelihood that he would be steered away from engineering once he got on campus. Dartmouth engineering major Joseph Cook knows it could have been him. Playing alongside big-time recruits the 6-foot-5 receiver and standout basketball player was an intriguing prospect coming out of southern California football powerhouse Bishop Amat High School. But Cook quickly discovered there were college coaches a good deal more enthusiastic about his athletic ability than his academic ambition and interest in biomedical engineering. “I was told by some schools that maybe I should do public health or something with business management for hospital administration,” Cook recalled. “I realized that even some schools that say they stress academics can end up pushing you to another major that might be easier to combine with football than engineering. “One of the biggest contributing factors in my decision to come to Dartmouth was the opportunity to play




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football and study engineering. ‘Coach T’ says academics comes first here and it really is true.” Ask Cook and he will tell you Dartmouth is not easy, engineering at Dartmouth is hard, and pairing engineering with varsity football at Dartmouth only adds to the challenge. But he’ll also tell you that if that’s what you want to do and you are willing to work at it, it is both doable and supported both on the academic and athletic fronts. “That’s one of the things I try to stress with younger guys on the team, guys just coming in, prospective recruits and their families,” said Cook, as enthusiastic a salesman for the school as you will find. “I’m not telling people I haven’t had tough times, or that I haven’t had to buckle down and grind and put in hours in the library, with tutors and with TA’s. “But the important thing is the support groups are here. And being able to reach out to those resources is crucial in the early stages, when a lot of kids at other schools are getting pushed out of what they want to do. Pushed out of their interests. When you are figuring things out, the most important thing is having the kind of support network we have here.” An outgoing sort, Cook would have discovered that network soon enough, but his introduction to it came early and, not coincidentally, through football. Incoming freshmen in Teevens’ program are matched up with mentors from the college and the local community. When another obligation caused Cook’s mentor to miss the introductory mentor luncheon, John Currier from the Thayer

School of Engineering stepped up. “He was at my table, popped down in a strange land 3,000 miles from home and not getting the same comfortable welcome everyone else was getting because his mentor couldn’t make it,” Currier said. “That hurt me and I said we’ve got to do better than that.” As fate would have it, Currier is a research engineer in biotechnology, Cook’s area of interest, and they hit it off immediately. “I’ve probably spent more time with Joe than a lot of guys I actually mentor,” Currier said with a laugh. Like the unplanned luncheon meeting with Currier that would eventually lead to a valuable summer research position, another chance encounter led Cook to Professor Doug Van Citters, who would also become important in his academic life. That happened when the Cook was wandering through the rabbit warren that is the office area of Thayer and happened upon Van Citters, who runs a biomedical lab where none other than Currier works. “I was looking for my advisor and not knowing where to go I think I made a left instead of a right,” Cook said. “I walked into the first office I saw with someone in it and said, ‘My name is Joe Cook, I’m looking for another professor, can you point me in his direction?’ “He told me the office was right over there and then asked what I was studying. I told him I would like to be an engineer but that I was kind of figuring out my class schedule and didn’t really know much yet. He said he had been a rower at Dartmouth and he understands how it works balancing school and sports here. He invited me to stop by any time.”

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Joe Cook’s recruiting visit to Dartmouth was made possible by the generosity of James Katzman ’89 and Thomas V.J. Stephens ’86 through the Athletic Sponsor Program. A two-time Academic All-Ivy League selection, Van Citters soon became Cook’s de facto advisor. It’s a role he takes seriously because while he excelled in the classroom at Dartmouth he regretted missing parts of the undergraduate engineering experience because of the challenges combining academics and athletics. That makes him perfectly qualified to help others avoid those same regrets. “When I came back to Dartmouth and started advising students,” he explained, “I was able to say, ‘I know where you are. Let’s structure your plan so that you can do some of these things in the offseason.’ I like to be able to sit down with them and think through the four years, while keeping ‘on’ season and ‘training’ terms in perspective.” Cook repeatedly used the term “blessed” in talking about his chance meetings with Currier and Van Citters,

who has helped him avoid some of the potholes student-athletes in the sciences often fall into. “Coming in, most of us are used to taking chemistry, physics and math all at the same time,” Cook said. “It’s not a big deal. You get through. You’re a smart kid. That’s what you do. “Here it’s hard. Chemistry is tough. Certain classes you don’t want to double up on. (Van Citters) was a student-athlete and he knows what labs to take in season and how to put a schedule together. He has really, really helped me get over some of the initial hurdles.” And along with Currier, Van Citters helped Cook get a huge jump in his academic career last summer. “They run a biomedical lab and that was something I was very interested in,” Cook said. “I asked if there was any way I could get involved in their lab, or any of

their programs in the summer.” Explained Currier: “It was one of those things where the timing was right. We needed somebody and he had the interest and the enthusiasm to help us.” Currier, his wife Barb and Van Citters were studying artificial knees and joints retrieved from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to see how the materials change over time in the body, both chemically and dimensionally. Their research, Van Citters explained, might provide an important “early warning system” about potential failures for surgeons as well as the industry that designs and manufactures knees, hips and the like. Cook’s job included measuring the chemical spectra of the bearings in the artificial joints. “Barb sat down with him, taught him how to do it and explained the standards we need to meet and the compulsiveness that we need,” Currier explained. “We are pretty serious about that. Barb can be

pretty demanding about the details and Joe looked at her and said, ‘I hear you and I can do that,’ and he did with a smile.” Cook took the responsibility seriously. “Barb Currier said it had to be done the same way every time because of the integrity of the lab and I understood,” he said. “When you’re working for someone it’s their name on the big reports. Sometimes it was a little bit tedious. It was hard work. But A., it had to be done. And B., it had to be done right. Every single time. “I just made sure I took very scrupulous notes when I was doing my research. Any time I had any problems or things didn’t seem quite right I went to Barb Currier and explained what happened and said I was unsure because it didn’t look right to me. It’s discipline. It’s like in football where an inch can determine a game. There are so many small pieces and you have to work together on every single play to make it work. It’s important that you understand not only your role in the

task but that you do it to the best of your ability. “ Cook was scrupulous enough that his reward was more than just practical experience and earning his keep as a paid intern. “He produced so much good data that it was not a problem to say we really needed to acknowledge his work when we started submitting abstracts for this year’s conferences,” offered Van Citters. “So after his first year of college he was already on two abstracts at a nationallevel conference.” As a result, the young Californian who hopes to help a researcher in UCLA next winter, is getting occasional emails from orthopedic research journals addressed to Dr. Joseph Cook. “I joke with my mom that I’ve already made it,” he said with a grin. “I guess they think I’m a doctor because anybody who contributes to a journal must be a doctor.” Or, it turns out, perhaps a football player from Dartmouth College.






For Dartmouth men’s soccer coach Chad Riley the goal of the strength and conditioning program he has his team following can be summed up in a phrase he uses frequently. “Be an athlete 365 days a year.” What does it mean? It means the freshman who spent his first fall learning what it takes to be a Division I soccer player puts that knowledge to work in his first winter on campus. It means the sophomore escaping a Hanover winter by spending his off term in Barcelona makes sure when he returns from overseas he’s fit and ready to go on the very first day of the spring term. It means the junior who spent the previous summer getting in tip-top shape on campus under the watchful eye of strength coach Kayleigh Fournier is paying as much attention to his summer conditioning as he is to his internship on Wall Street or at Mayo Clinic. To borrow a line from the old Army TV commercial, it means Dartmouth soccer players do what they must to be sure they are all they can be. And that means doing what it takes not just in the fall but in the winter, the spring and, as Riley explained, when everyone else is chilling at the beach and no one is watching. “You have your sophomores here in the summer, so it tends to be easy with them,” he said. “They can work in the weight room. It’s everyone who’s not here who has to have those habits. It can’t just be something on a piece of paper. “Kayleigh is really pragmatic about it. If they are in a situation where they can get to a gym, here is the progression. If




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they are in a situation where they don’t have that access, here’s body weightcreative things they can do. We really are trying to create that mentality of, ‘I am an athlete 365 days a year.’ ” One of the key building blocks for the 365-day mantra was put in place last fall with the introduction of Sunday lifts for the entire team. “It was one of the best things we did,” said Fournier. “In other years they did optional lifts during the week. They would try to get a team lift in, but sometimes it wouldn’t work out.” Having everyone train together with the coaches in attendance helped foster both team chemistry and the “be an athlete” mindset. “Kayleigh had different options for the guys depending on how much they played, so they would take ownership of what they needed to do,” said Riley. “I think just being in there together helped us, and on a very basic level was very good for their mentality.” 2014 co-captain Hugh Danilack ’15 agreed. Sunday lifts, he explained, “were an emotional and mental constant for us. Whether we won or lost, we would get into the gym and get back to work. I think this helped us regulate our reactions to a great win or a tough loss, and kept us focused and consistent.” The lifting and stretching that helped their mindset and to remain fit, strong and flexible had another benefit as well. It kept them healthy. “I think in some ways as a coach you want to spend as much time as you can with the ball or whatever your thing is,

but at the same time you have to make sure you spend the right amount of time in the weight room and with general conditioning,” said Riley. “That is so important because the fundamental first thing is making sure you are more resistant to injury. “I think we had one soft tissue injury last fall, knock on wood, which was quite good for soccer, and it was a pre-existing hamstring issue. I think we struck the balance pretty well and I think a lot of credit goes to Kayleigh for building up their bodies throughout winter, spring and summer terms.” True to the 365-day approach, preparation for the 2015 season began immediately at the end of the 2014 season and that meant the coaches and their strength coach backing their feet off the pedals. “It’s important to have a big recovery window at the end of the season,” said Riley. “One of the things we’ve gotten pretty good about is making sure they have that down time because you can have a lot of overuse injuries in soccer.” Still, Fournier made certain the team had a three-week maintenance program to ward off any backsliding during the 5 1/2 week holiday break they would enjoy before the real beginning of the buildup to the next season that would begin in earnest with the start of the winter term. That offseason conditioning was important, particularly for the freshmen. “They have to get thrown into the mix on day one in the fall, so they are still learning certain movements in the winter,” Fournier said. “They are still trying to find out how their body works

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with weights. You want to start from the ground up, building a strong foundation of strength based on the movement. So we did a lot of that with them straight from the beginning of winter. “For the upperclassman who have been through it before, we still hit on all the same points. The fall season was pretty long for them, especially since we got into the tournament, and it had been a long time since we hit heavy numbers. So we took a lot of time focusing on lighter weights and reps. Just focusing on


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KAYLEIGH FOURNIER, Assistant Director of Speed, Strength & Conditioning form and building strength.” With an appreciation for the benefits of the Sunday team lifts in the fall, Fournier added a new emphasis in weight room sessions this winter. “We wanted to create a team environment in which they were pushing each other all the time to get better,” she said. “So rather than just push yourself for yourself, we tried to make it more of a competition. The idea was to make them want to be number one, and get their teammates to also want to be number one. “So we were doing things like Moving the Mountain, which is taking plates from one side of the room, putting them on the other, and then bringing them back. We have done Farmer’s Walk challenges in which you have to walk with the weight a certain distance and you can’t drop it. We planned a bunch of different ones for each week with rewards for the winning teams. The goal is to keep the kids engaged in lifting, having fun and getting better at the same time.” After adding body mass in the winter, “They get a few days off at spring break,” Riley said, “and then it’s right back at it for the first three weeks of spring. Once spring practice and games begin we kind of dial it back for the rest of the spring. “Then it’s another little break before you try to build a little more mass the first few weeks of summer. After that it is maintaining. The fall is maintaining joint integrity and range of motion. You are trying to hold as much strength as you can, while you play a ton of games.” To listen to the players, Sunday team lifts, weight room competitions, the

emphasis on working hard during off terms and the 365-day athlete approach have paid, and should continue to pay, dividends. “One of the struggles with the season is that much of the strength you’ve built up over the course of the off-season is lost halfway through the season,” said junior goalie Stefan Cleveland. “By integrating the lifts into our schedule, it gave us a chance to maintain that strength while helping us recover for the game. “As for the lifts during the spring, I am a big advocate for them. This is our chance to get bigger, stronger, and faster as individuals. Especially for me, improving my fast-twitch muscles and explosiveness as a goalkeeper has raised my game immensely. In addition to lifting, we have some good speed and agility activities that we do with Kayleigh to improve our quickness. “More than that, the entire team’s growth mentality that we have in the gym brings (us) closer together and forces us to push each other to be the best athlete possible. It is a fantastic program that makes each player better for the upcoming season.” That’s exactly what happened over the course of the last year according to Danilack. “Our program as a whole has changed significantly since January 2014,” he said. “It has become much more demanding, intense and focused. The demands of the program created a culture of discipline and fitness on our team that paid off this fall. “One of our goals was to be the ‘fittest team in the country,’ and we got fairly close to achieving that goal. We were able to outrun and outcompete almost every team we played in the second half. Having this base, we knew that, even if we were behind at half, the other team was going to get tired and we would be able to take advantage. This gave us a lot of confidence that we could compete and beat any team we played.” If being an athlete 365 days a year becomes a habit that won’t change. Because, as last year showed, it’s a habit you can win with.

The recruiting visit of Hugh Danilak ’15 was made possible by the generosity of J. William Embree III ’50 and Joel B. Alvord ’60, and the visit of Stefan Cleveland ’16 was made possible by the generosity of the Class of 1954 and Lyman Missimer ’78 through the Athletic Sponsor Program.



Athletic Sponsors include more than 1,000 Dartmouth alumni, parents and supporters who love Dartmouth, who love sports, who either played or watched athletics as undergraduates, and who feel that Dartmouth should be a leader in the classroom and on the field. We are men and women in our 20’s and our 90’s and we are represented by nearly every class. WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?

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KRISTEN RUMLEY As a sophomore, three-time Ivy League Pitcher of the Year Kristen Rumley tossed 197 innings. It wasn’t an outrageous number by NCAA softball standards, but it was a Dartmouth school record and by season’s end she was feeling it. “We made it to the Ivy championship but I was shot because of all the innings,” Rumley admitted late this spring. As a junior Rumley was in the circle for 185 innings, and with two wins in the Ivy League Championship Series she helped Dartmouth clinch its first conference title and its inaugural trip to the NCAA’s. “I felt a heck of a lot better at the end of the season than I did my sophomore year,” she said. Flash forward another year and while the ace of the Dartmouth staff led the Big Green to still another Ivy League title this spring she was confident heading into the Big Green’s NCAA opener against Florida State that she had a lot more left in the tank than a year before. “My body feels 10 times better than it has in the past,” Rumley said toward season’s end. “Each year there’s been real improvement and it feels great.” What’s behind the change? To be sure, it helped this spring that with Morgan McCalmon coming on strong Rumley was called on to pitch just 151 innings entering NCAA’s, the fewest since her freshman season. But there was more to it than that. Rumley, you see, has been one of the true success stories of Dartmouth Peak Performance’s integrative health approach. Trainer Beth Brann, massage therapist Anna Terry, strength coach Bob

Miller and softball coach Shannon Doepking teamed up to make sure it was all-systems-go, all-time time for the Big Green workhorse in her senior season. “It is a well-oiled machine,” said Doepking of the team effort to keep Rumley humming. “In order to make the machine function you need every piece of it. You need Bob Miller getting her into the shape that she’s in. You need Beth to be make sure that she sustains that over a period of time. You need Anna to help her get ready for the next week.” And you need clear and open channels of communication among all the parties involved to make sure they are working with each other and not – with all good intentions – unknowingly working against each other. “Communication is very important,” said Brann, who attends practices and travels with the team. “The four of us try to communicate as much as possible and I am kind of the go-between. Usually, I will meet with ‘Rums’ on Sunday or Monday, depending on when we played. I’ll talk to Coach Doepking and relay how she’s feeling and then Coach Doepking will build the pitching plan for the week. “I’ll relay that to Anna and Coach Miller so everyone can think about what we need to work on that week,” Brann continued. “Like if ‘Rums’ is having some neck soreness, do we need to tackle that on a Tuesday, and then do a flush massage on Thursday so she’s ready to go for the weekend?” Add it up and it’s a model team approach that started well before the season by making sure Rumley was as ready for what was ahead as she could be.


SOFTBALL The Strength & Conditioning Piece It is no exaggeration to say Rumley doesn’t like running. That’s part of the reason why Doepking felt the need to push her to do more of it after taking over for Rachel Hanson when the former coach moved on to Stanford. “Pitching is about endurance and she needed to be in better shape than anyone our team,” Doepking said. “I did not get to see her during her first three years but I challenged her to get into better shape.” Aiding that cause was Miller, who drew up this year’s strength and conditioning program in coordination with Doepking, and who adjusts it when needed – with input from the rest of the integrative health team. “In the off-season the approach is to get everything as balanced between left and right side as we can,” said Miller, who stressed how important rest and recovery were before putting Rumley back to work at the end of her junior campaign. “The left side is always going to be a lot stronger than the right side after the season. We wanted to address that imbalance first, to straighten her out and get her as symmetrical as we can. “The thing with pitchers is we have to make sure they stay really mobile and flexible while at the same time keeping her as strong as possible so her body could withstand all the rigors she would be going through.” During in-season sessions in the weight room Rumley and her teammates follow one of six programs – two for the lower body, two for the upper body or two fullbody. Determining which program Rumley follows each week is a team decision.

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“After the weekend Beth evaluates her and lets me know what’s up,” Miller said. “It might be that her arm is a little sore, so we would do the lower body or some core work. Shannon was a catcher so she has a real connection with pitchers and she might come in and say, ‘Let’s do some of this, and let’s back off on that.’ The communication is really important.” As is the role Miller plays, according to Rumley’s coach. “Without him, she’s not where she is today,” said Doepking. “When you are deep in the season and you’re not in shape that’s when you start to tire and everything starts to fall apart.”

THE MASSAGE PIECE Pitching a softball is a more natural motion than throwing a baseball, but there are stresses and strains that go with any repetitive motion. That’s where Dartmouth’s massage therapist comes in. “Beth will send me the information I need, because Beth is with Rums all the time,” Anna Terry said. “I try to balance out the areas that might be tight or sore. It’s not just working on the exact spot but the whole area, making sure that shoulder joint moves easily and that she is freed up around her elbow. “The main thing I do is trigger point release, myofascial release. I look at the movement of the athlete. In her case she is a left-handed pitcher who isn’t as fast but has a ton of movement. So it is important for me to release everything all the way up from her hand into her neck, because that’s where you get the movement.” As it is with Miller in the weight room, making sure the entire integrative health team is on the same page is critical. “In the beginning Rums was getting 20-minute massages,” said Doepking. “That’s helpful but you don’t realize how many knots, and how much swelling, and how much goes on in their arms, and in their back, and in their shoulders, unless you have been on that side of things and really, really watch it. “So I went to Beth and said it was re-


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“You don’t really realize what is built up until she starts massaging,” she said. “She will massage my hand and I’ll be like, ‘What are you doing?’ Then she goes to town and my hand feels so much looser. You really don’t know, and she knows what’s best. It’s really helpful to kind of flush everything out.”



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ally important that she gets rubbed out well, and asked if there was any way we could get her a 40-minute massage instead of 20.” After Doepking shared her concerns with Brann, it was Brann consulting with Terry, who then expanded Rumley’s sessions. The pitcher appreciated the change.

By all accounts the nerve center of the work to keep Rumley as strong as she can be, for as long as she can be, is the training room. It’s a place the pitcher used to avoid. “I didn’t go at all my freshman and sophomore years,” she admitted. “When Beth got here she slowly integrated me into coming in, and I’m really glad she did.” According to Brann the necessary trust between athlete and trainer needed time to develop. “It probably took most of last season for her to realize she could tell me when she’s hurting and I wasn’t going to pull her,” Brann said. “She had to understand I am here to protect her and to help her get where she needs to be for the next game, or the next weekend. “Now she knows she can tell me something is hurting a little bit and we can work on it without making it a big deal. We’ve definitely built a trusting relationship.” Brann and Doepking’s relationship developed faster. “We sat down and learned each other’s expectations,” Brann said. “We talked about how I communicate with the team, and what my role is. What her role is in what I do. We have worked really hard to get where we are in such a short time period, where she trusts my decisions and I trust her decisions.” In addition to seeing each other at practices and games, Rumley and Brann will meet in the training room two to three times a week during the season. “She’s super easy to work with,” Brann said. “When she checks in I’ll see how her shoulder is feeling. How her arm is feel-


ing. We’ll talk about how she did over the weekend and what we want to do in terms of strength training for that week. I’ll usually meet with her at the beginning of the week to kind of tailor her program, in the middle of the week to see how things are going, and then right before the weekend games.” As much as she has never liked running, Rumley is the unusual pitcher who would almost prefer run a timed mile rather than hold a bag of ice against her arm. That would be more problematic if not for the use of a Game Ready, a space-age sleeve that facilitates recovery by alternatively applying icy water and compression to the affected area. Even Rumley sounds surprised talking about how much she uses the equipment. “I get really scared trying new things,” she said with a laugh. “Beth did a great job slowly getting me used to it and now I use it on a consistent basis. “Beth does a great job. She’s always happy and and welcoming. She built that trust with almost everybody on the team really quickly and that’s been important. We all love her.”

THE BOTTOM LINE Like any great athlete, Rumley knows her own body. But if she needed a better appreciation of how important and beneficial all the running, lifting, stretching, massage, Game Ready treatments and training room care are, she got one a year ago. “In the Ivy League championships you could see the difference in the Penn pitcher from when we saw her in the first week of the Ivies and the last week,” Rumley said. “There was a huge difference. I still felt strong. “I am really grateful for everything that Bob and Anna and Beth have done for me and all of us. They have helped all of us make it to the end of the season feeling the way we did and have been a huge part of our success.”

A Work Week In The Pitcher’s Words MONDAY: “I’ll go in and get a massage from Anna. It’s a chance to kind of flush everything out. It makes a great difference. When I walk in there she’ll ask what we want to have worked out and she will take care of it. “As much as I like GameReady, the best part of the week is getting massaged. You don’t really know you are tight until you see Anna and she helps you get loose.” TUESDAY: “ I’ll see Beth and Game Ready a little bit with her. I use it on a consistent basis.” WEDNESDAY: “We’ll have a lift with Bob (Miller). This year he has put together different lifts for pitchers, which is really nice. He always checks in with us to

see how we are doing, how our shoulder feels. If we aren’t feeling right he’ll give us some stretches. If we are, he gives us a couple of lifts to do.” THURSDAY: “More GameReady with Beth. Last Thursday I got a massage but I got 40 on Monday so this week I didn’t get another one. If anything feels funky I’ll stretch it out a little bit and have some late throwing at practice. FRIDAY: “If I can I’ll go in before class and Game Ready. We have practice early in the afternoon so there’s no time to do it then.” SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: “Once the Ivy season starts we play both games and then it all starts over again on Monday.”

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Gorgeous campus, great facility, world class academics and a clear commitment to success. If the cold, hard truth that the Dartmouth men’s lacrosse program has only infrequently made noise in the übercompetitive Ivy League might have scared off some candidates for its head coaching position last year, Brendan Callahan wasn’t one of them. The Lehigh assistant could see that the bricks and the mortar necessary to build a winning program were in place. It was something else, something a lot less concrete, that ultimately would convince him to accept the job if it were offered. “The one thing I needed to find out when I interviewed was about the culture of the program,” Callahan said. “I was with our head coach at Lehigh from year one and the biggest thing we struggled with early on was leadership. They didn’t understand it and didn’t know it. We had to develop it. “I knew that was the one piece you couldn’t come in and change in four or five months, and talking with Phil Hession ’15 and a couple of other leaders of the team during the interview process I realized that work had already been done here. I could see these were guys who cared, who wanted to get better as players and as people, and to make the program better. That was the final sell for me.” No fan of the “lax bro” stereotype, Callahan shared his thoughts about refining team culture with Steven Spaulding, Dartmouth’s associate athletic director for leadership. He established the expectations for his team early on,

and those expectations had as much to do with comportment as results. Perhaps more. “The first day we sat down to talk with the team we didn’t talk X’s and O’s and practice schedules,” the coach said. “We talked about what do we want to be as, ‘Men of Dartmouth Lacrosse?’ How do we want to act? What kind of teammates do we want to be? How do we want to live? “Even before chasing recruits around I met with Spauldo and said, ‘Here’s how we’re going to act. Here is how we are going to do things.’ The players were involved in that process because it would be easy for me to come in and say, ‘Hey, this is what we’re going to do,’ but I don’t have to live it. They do.” Callahan found what he hoped he would find – a group of players who to a great extent had been hungry to hear his message. “It really starts off the field for us because if you can’t carry yourself in a respectful way and be a good representative of the program off the field then you’re not going to get the support that is necessary to be successful on the field,” said junior midfielder Jack Connolly. “The last couple of senior classes have done a terrific job of setting that kind of example for my class and others about how important it is that you’re carry yourself the right way.” Some of the credit is due Spaulding’s DRIVE leadership program that the junior and senior classes participated in during their sophomore summers. “The DRIVE leadership terminology and training taught us so much,” said



Hession, a senior middie. “Because it was so valuable we tried to pass on that knowledge to the younger players so all the team could embrace what we learned. Coach Callahan embraced it as well. We were all committed, and he was the most committed of all.” Callahan’s commitment to the concept of DRIVE – Development, Resilience, Ingenuity, Valor, Excellence – saw him team up with Spaulding to develop an intense off-campus leadership experience for his players in advance of his first season with them. “I believe that leadership is transferrable,” the coach said. “So we did a bunch of different events and missions. We basically practiced leadership for a day-and-a-half. And we practiced what it means to be a good teammate.” What Spaulding calls an “experiential” took place in mid-January in the woods out past the Dartmouth Skiway. “By the time we got out there it was completely unfamiliar and that adds an element of stress,” Callahan said. “We did a night of exercises and the guys were packed into an old fishing cabin with sleeping bags and an old woodburning stove. “We had some food for them and then got them up early and had them going again while it was still dark out. That added some more stress, having to complete a task with the sun not even up yet.” Overseeing everything was Spaulding, who through the course of the spring season was always there to help the players apply what they learned during a cold and dark northern New England day

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with multiple experiential exercises (men’s soccer, women’s soccer, football)

and a half to what was happening with their team. “It was one of the toughest things I have ever done,” said Hession of the experiential. “Leadership can be taught but I’m less of the supporter of exercises with outside people who come in and then leave. You have to have someone to follow up with. Otherwise it works, but then the results are lost. Having Coach Spauldo in-house, able to monitor and give us feedback, was


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massively important.” It was just over a month after the winter night in Lyme that the season opened with a tough test against Ohio State in Columbus. Dartmouth was tied with the Buckeyes at 4-4 in the second period and trailed by just one goal at the half, only to see Ohio State put the game away with a 6-0 third period. “It wasn’t the X’s or O’s or the schemes or our fitness that broke

down,” said Callahan. “It was our mindset that cracked. We were right there and the guys pretty much said, ‘I don’t know if we can do this.’ “We got back here and said, ‘Our mentality cracked under stress. How the heck do we fix that?’ That’s where Coach Spaulding comes in and says, ‘Under stress this is how it happens physiologically. Let’s focus on that.’ ” After being overpowered at a more talented Notre Dame team the next time out Dartmouth opened its home season with a disappointing 10-9 loss to Sacred Heart. A Connolly goal with 23 seconds tied the score only to see the Big Green surrender the decisive goal with no time left on the clock. Stung but resilient, Dartmouth rebounded from that tough loss to erase a four-goal deficit at Wagner, surviving a mandown situation at the end to squeeze out a dramatic 11-10 decision for its first win of the year. The way the team played with everything on the line was what Callahan had hoped he would see when he and Spaulding were dreaming up the test they put the players through in the woods of New Hampshire. “I wanted that to be an event the guys could draw on through the entirety of the year,” the coach said. “During a tough time in the fourth quarter they could remember how they came together on that overnight experience. How they were tired and felt they couldn’t do any more and were able to figure it out. That’s exactly what they did.” Next on tap was a showdown with 4-3 Harvard. Callahan, Spaulding and the Big Green captains met for three hours in the runup to the game against Dartmouth’s most bitter rival. “It ended up being pretty emotional,” recalled Callahan. “A lot of stuff from the past came up and we talked about how we move forward.” It was in that meeting a concept that Callahan and Spaulding had been preaching to the Big Green became the team’s unofficial mantra: Keep Swinging. “The idea,” Callahan said, “is when you start thinking you are an idiot for a turnover, you stop that thought and you fill your head

with the thought, Keep Swinging. If you make a bad pass you don’t beat yourself up. You tell yourself to Keep Swinging. You remind each other from the bench that we will fix what needs to be fixed on Monday.” Keep swinging. “I have come to love the phrase,” said Connolly. “It is something we started talking about after Ohio State because although we were able to land some punches when they hit us back we didn’t keep swinging. “It’s something we really focused on when we started talking about goals for the Harvard game. We knew because Harvard was so talented and played so hard that every time we landed a punch they were absolutely going to try to answer.” And they did. Harvard scored two goals in the final 2:44 of regulation to erase Dartmouth’s 11-9 lead, eventually forcing overtime on a goal with 14 seconds left. But rather than fold, the Big Green got off the canvas and swung back. A Jack Korzelius goal in the second overtime brought a 12-11 win over the Crimson. Buoyed by the victory over Harvard, Dartmouth made it three wins in a row a few days later with yet another clutch win, this by a 16-15 score over Vermont. Having been tied with Ohio State in the first game of the season, Dartmouth had to learn the hard way how to respond to that good fortune. Similarly, after getting off to a 1-0 Ivy League record by beating Harvard, the Big Green again had to learn how to respond. Struggling to put the ball in the net after the big win over the Crimson, Dartmouth dropped its next three conference games before squeaking out a two-goal victory over winless NJIT in another low-scoring affair. Undaunted, Dartmouth kept swinging and did figure things out over the final three games, beginning with a hard-fought, 15-12 loss at Penn. “We had gotten incredibly conservative,” explained Hession. “Against Penn we went out aggressively.


We gave ourselves a chance to compete. Unfortunately, it followed the pattern of a little bit too late. “Had we played like that earlier, we would have pulled out some more games. But you look at our next game after Penn against UMass-Lowell. They were much better than NJIT and we beat them, 189.” Although the Big Green dropped its finale against Brown in a game that was just a bad matchup, Hession is confident that a corner has finally been turned. “We figured it out by the end of the year,” he said. “Everything is set up for this program to be very good. I hope it happens next year but I’ve no doubt it will happen in the next two years. The effort and everything else is in place.” Spaulding, who thoroughly enjoyed working with a team that made him incredibly proud, agreed. “The surge the lacrosse program has made represents everything our department values,” he said. “There has been an exponential change in progress with all the work and effort they put in to develop mental toughness and identify

real-time leadership responsibilities. “Even when they were not coming out with W’s the way they played against very, very strong teams is something we wouldn’t have seen without this change and growth. They have embraced everything we are trying to teach them about leadership and team building.” Callahan is confident the wins are coming, and no one has to tell him that’s important for his players and his program. But what matters even more to him is a result of the process that delivers those wins. “What we’ve said is we want to build a culture based on leadership and character,” he said. “My ultimate goal is that, as much as it will help us win games here, when the guys leave here they’re all going to lead their families, lead a desk at work, their communities. They are all going to be leaders in some area. “The hope is to this program helps develop the leadership and character that will see them go on and be good people for the next 40 years. That’s the most important reward for their hard work.”

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