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PAVILION EXPANSION Construction on the addition to the Sports Pavilion, which is located between ScullyFahey and Burnham Fields, has just been completed. The pavilion now houses yearround locker rooms for men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, and softball, along with stateof-the-art support facilities for all five teams plus field hockey - a new equipment room, DP2 Sports Medicine training room, and smart classroom.




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Williford, McManus, Currie, and Stone – these are all last names you’ll find across various rosters – and sometimes on the same one! These four sibling pairs talk about what it’s like to have a brother or sister share in their Dartmouth experience.


Mr. Dartmouth

From the ranch country of western Canada to Dartmouth, Ryder Stone ’18 is more than just a starting tailback for the Big Green – from an Undergraduate Advisor to managing the Dartmouth Bikes program – he’s done it all!


EDITOR Drew Galbraith SENIOR WRITER Bruce Wood ADVERTISING Sam Hopkins ASSISTANT EDITOR Karen Shu PHOTOGRAPHY Rob Bossi, Mark Washburn, Gil Talbot, John Risley, Mike Scott, Nate Barrett, Tom McNeill, Andy Mead, Rob Migliaccio, Joe Fairbanks and Karen Shu Problems or Accessibility Issues?

Drinks with the Shrink

Facilitated by Dartmouth Peak Performance’s Sport Psychologist Mark Hiatt, this program provides coaches an opportunity to learn from each other and gain valuable insight into improving student-athlete mental health, performance, and experience.


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DBI GamePlan 4.0

Geared specifically towards student-athletes, the Dartmouth Bystander Intervention program, GamePlan 4.0, empowers teams to make a positive difference across campus.

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ON THE COVER Sophomore fullback Becca Jane Rosko has been a key playmaker for the Big Green and in 2016, helped Dartmouth capture their second-straight Ivy Rugby Conference championship. Already taking down number one ranked Quinnipiac and number three ranked Army West Point in 2017, the women’s rugby team has their eye set on bringing another Ivy Rugby title and the national championship home to Hanover.

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“ No one has to

tell Beaner it is unusual being an athlete at a school where not one, or two, but a trio of brothers have been football players.”


Colleen McManus ’18

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s a young boy Chris Williford loved to sneak a peek at what twin brother Duncan was wearing and then dress in the same outfit for the sole purpose of annoying him. “Until age 13 we had bunk beds and shared a room,” Duncan said. “When you share room with somebody like that you can’t wait to get away from him. It was like that for a while. We didn’t think about it much, but we were pretty sure that we were going to split and do our own thing after high school.” Flash forward a few years and darned if Chris isn’t dressing up like Duncan again – although now only when they are competing for the Dartmouth sailing team. The Willifords are one of a handful or so siblings representing the Big Green on varsity squads this year. Meg and Steph Currie are alpine skiers. Ryder Stone is a football player and sister Rylee plays rugby. Danny McManus plays football and sister Colleen runs track. There are at least three common threads to their stories: • By and large the sibling already at Dartmouth tried hard to remain neutral and let the other one make up his or her own mind when choosing a college college. • In each case the sibling at Dartmouth let out a figurative sigh of relief when the decision was made. • None would have it any other way.

Duncan’18 and Chris ’19 Williford Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


The Willifords are twins although you almost have to read the fine print to know it. They don’t look alike and are a year apart in school, a result of Chris becoming sick in the fall of their junior year of high school. While a bone marrow transplant with a German donor at Boston Children’s Hospital and chemotherapy enabled Chris to make a full recovery from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, it cost him a year of high school and changed the twins’ college trajectory. A year ahead in school as a result of Chris getting sick, Duncan was the first to see Dartmouth. His mid-winter “official visit” to Northern New England was an eye-opener for someone who had been able to sail year-around with his twin ever since the two took up the sport.

“I only had one pair of long pants growing up in South Florida,” he said with a laugh. “My Vans were my only shoes, so that didn’t go very well on the snow. I was pretty much being shared between two guys on the team because nobody wants to have a recruit on Winter Carnival. “I kind of thought every weekend was like Winter Carnival because that was how it was when I visited so I was pretty much all in by the time I left.” Chris Williford’s recruiting trip? It wasn’t nearly as exciting. “I had a tiny little dorm on the river so they normally didn’t want me hosting recruits, but I could host my own twin brother,” Duncan said. “I had a project due the next day so we pretty much didn’t do anything. We just went to class and then to the library. “We both knew that I didn’t really need to sell the school to him.” For twins who once shared a room, sharing a campus has been perfect according to Chris, who said he is the better of the two with anything that includes numbers, while Duncan is the better with words. “We’re not really around each other as much at school as when we were at home,” Chris explained. “We don’t take any similar classes. We have only taken one together so far, so when we see each other it is because we want to do something together. It’s to go paddle boarding or hang out at the fraternity or something.” Beyond making it easier on Parents Weekend, there are advantages to having a brother as a Dartmouth teammate. “He’s one of my favorite people to compete against,” Chris said. “We’ve been doing it since we were eight. It used to get scrappy sometimes, but now it’s just good fun.” Of course they are still competing, with both being captains. “I can’t think of any time it’s been inconvenient having him here except for when he started over me last year on the sailing team,” Duncan said with a laugh. “There’s that.”

“I knew I was going to Dartmouth before senior year started, so I didn’t seriously consider any other schools.” For her part, Colleen – known by everyone as Beaner – thought about trying to walk on at home-state Minnesota, where she was interested in the nursing program. She also took an official visit to Johns Hopkins. “My whole life I have been Timmy or Ryan or Danny’s little sister, especially in social scenes,” she said. “As much as I am so proud of that, college is a new experience and I wanted to make sure I had my own identity.” Her official visit to Hanover helped sell her on coming to Dartmouth, a decision that pleased everyone in the family. “My brothers were super supportive whatever I wanted to do,” she said. “They were there to answer any questions that I had and share their experiences. But for the most part they were trying to let me figure it out on my own. “Once I told them I decided on Dartmouth they were pretty relieved and said it was what they were hoping for the whole time.” No one has to tell Beaner it is unusual being an athlete at a school where not one, or two, but a trio of brothers have been football players. “Sometimes people will say, ‘Don’t you have a brother on the football team?’ and I will explain, ‘Well, actually, I had three.’ People are definitely surprised. “I’m so proud of them and the impact they have had on the football team. I love being in the stands and hearing their names.” Of course, being the younger sister of a football player means having more than a hundred other “brothers” on campus. That’s why, although Danny and Beaner often attend church together, they don’t take as many meals with each other as they might otherwise. “When I sit with him I’m usually sitting with the entire Dartmouth football team,” Beaner said with a laugh. “So I don’t always do that.”

Danny ’17 and Colleen McManus ’18 MENDOTA Heights, Minn. Fifth-year senior Danny McManus knew the Dartmouth sibling drill long before his younger sister started seriously thinking about colleges. That’s the way it is when you’ve had two brothers go to Dartmouth before you, including one you called a Big Green teammate. “When I was thinking about schools, my brothers wanted me to make up my own mind and didn’t really encourage me to choose Dartmouth,” the defensive back said of Timmy ‘11 and Ryan ‘15. “We have similar tastes in a lot of things so I knew when they said they wouldn’t change their experience for the world, that was something I couldn’t pass up.” Although he gave Harvard and Penn a little thought, Danny had been in love with Dartmouth ever since coming to Hanover as an eighth grader to see Timmy star at wide receiver. “It was a beautiful campus and I liked the atmosphere,” he said.


Duncan Williford ‘18


“ I could definitely avoid her more than I do if I didn’t want to see her. But I definitely like her here. It’s a special opportunity.”


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Meg ’17 and Steph ‘20 Currie Toronto, Ontario Wanting to have Dartmouth for herself wasn’t of much concern for Meg Currie when sister Steph was thinking about colleges. Her concern was with something else. “I knew that she was a strong skier and that would mean it would be harder to make qualifying spots,” Meg said with a laugh. “But the more competitive we are, the harder we are pushed so it’s better in the end.” For her part, Steph knew from the outset that with only so many slots on the Carnivals teams it could be awkward if she bumped her sister from the lineup. “Our team is so talented that it is very difficult to get your spot,” she explained. “You really have to work hard and earn it. If it wasn’t me competing with Meg for a spot it was going to be someone else on the team. So I try to think of Meg as just one of my other very talented teammates I have to compete with to get a spot.” With Dartmouth being the premier skiing school in the Ivy League and there being a limited number of high academic Division I schools, it made sense that when it came to choosing a college the younger sister would be looking at the same school as the older. “I really tried to stay out of it and let her form her own opinions,” Meg said, “but of course I was there if she had any questions or if she wanted my opinion. I wanted her to go where she wanted to be.” She’s glad that ended up being Dartmouth. “After spending a year with her I would definitely have pushed her to come to Dartmouth because now I understand the value of having her here,” Meg said. “I could definitely avoid her more than I do if I didn’t want to see her. But I definitely like having her here. It’s a special opportunity.” In making her college choice, Steph took into account not just how she felt about following in the tracks of her older sister, but how Meg would feel about it. “I wanted her to be comfortable with me going to Dartmouth,” she explained. “I didn’t want her feeling like, ‘Oh, my baby sister is coming, now I have to take care of her type of thing.’ That was important.” While having two children at the same school makes it less difficult on family at drop-off time, it also makes it easier for the siblings at difficult family times. “The best part is just that she’s there and I can talk to her if something is going on, whether it be good or bad,” Steph said. “Our grandmother passed

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Ryder ’18 and Rylee ’21 Stone


away last year while we were both at school, and it was really comforting to have each other to talk about it and console each other. It’s nice not feel isolated and have family there to share experiences and comfort each other.” And as for one sister costing the other a Carnival slot? It never happened.

Turner Valley, Alberta Where it might have been a challenge for Beaner McManus following in her three brothers’ outsized footsteps, it was different in the Stone family. Freshman rugby player Rylee is actually a little taller than her football-playing brother, something that was painfully obvious when she wore heels at her high school graduation. “The pictures are a little embarrassing,” 5-foot-10 Ryder said with a laugh. Ah, but Rylee’s footsteps weren’t bigger just because she’s a little taller. It’s because her high school athletic career, Ryder said proudly, dwarfs his. He had to come east to go to prep school at Andover to get much of a recruiting sniff. Rylee, a national team rugby player who even saw action with her high school football team, didn’t have that problem. “She one-upped me,” Ryder said with a laugh. “She was the student-athlete of the year in high school and I wasn’t. I guess she followed in my footsteps and made them bigger.” Growing up on ranches largely in western Canada, the brother and sister were particularly close. After football coach Buddy Teevens tipped off the Dartmouth rugby staff that there was another Stone with outstanding athletic and academic credentials, it was pretty much a fait accompli that there would be two of them on campus this fall. “We have a great relationship, a best friend kind of thing and all I had to say to her was good things about my experience here,” Stone said. “So she was really excited when she found out the rugby coach was interested. She was all in. She didn’t really think about any other school.” And that was before her official visit. “The only other time she was here was when I graduated from Andover,” Ryder said. “We drove up to the campus for something like all of five minutes just to see it.” Although the football team was playing on the weekend of Rylee’s visit, the brother and sister still managed to get together. “We spent lot of time together, actually,” Ryder said. “She wanted to come and see what Dartmouth was like with me, but she definitely got her own experience because it was before a game, so I was busy. “After the game we went to Ice Cream Fore-U. We hung out and did all that kind of fun stuff. It was great, but she had made up her mind already.”

Ryder will finish up his classwork in November, two terms early, limiting his time on campus with Rylee. Still, he said, it should give him an opportunity to figuratively “show her the ropes.” Of course, he knows a little something about literal ropes as well, having tried his hand at rodeo as a boy. Ryder knows having a football-playing, rodeo-roping cowboy for a brother could be a little intimidating when it comes to Rylee’s social life on campus. But he doesn’t think that will be the problem for his rugby playing, “bigger” sister. “I’m not sure whether guys would be intimidated by me or by her,” he laugh. “I may have to lock her in. “But no, I will let her find her own way at Dartmouth.” Which is the approach each of those joined by a sibling at Dartmouth has taken.



MR. DARTMOUTH Regardless of the yards he gains this year, the touchdowns he scores and the honors he wins or doesn’t win for his contributions on the football field, RYDER STONE is the kind of person who will make you want to stand up and cheer.

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ut if you talk to him about his journey from the ranch country of western Canada to Dartmouth and what he’s done since he’s been here, he sounds anything but impressed with himself. He’s might be the only one. “He is the old term, salt of the earth,” said football coach Buddy Teevens. “Just look at where he came from and what he had to do to put himself in this position. He’s had some ups and downs with us, but never ever stops working. You ask for help and he’s the first one to line up. “There’s a real toughness to him but he’s just one of the nicest guys. He’s never met a stranger. He is friendly, thoughtful and humble, exactly what you want.” Stone would like to keep playing football after this season and while it would be a surprise if his number have the scouts flocking to Hanover to see him it would be foolish to bet against him. That’s because easy going-but-determined kid from the foothills of the Rockies has made a career of climbing mountains that would leave a lot of others shaking their heads. Seriously, how many kids who grow up wrestling steers on a ranch outside of Calgary with absolutely no idea about the eastern prep school scene end up on scholarship for a prep year at Phillips Andover? How many prep school running backs overlooked by college football coaches wind up playing at the Division-I level because they are recommended by a baseball coach? And even with generous financial aid, how many first-generation college kids whose parents work hard to scratch out an honest living find a way to put themselves through an Ivy League school by cobbling together a patchwork quilt of part-time jobs while still doing everything it takes to play a DI sport? How many kids who do all that would find a way to surprise their mother with a plane ticket to come across the continent for a game on her birthday, and put the bow on top by scoring a touchdown? How many would somehow pull together enough money for the long flight home to surprise their sister at her high school graduation? How many would sacrifice summer escapes from the Ivy League grind, as well as foreign study opportunities and off terms with mom’s home cooking to take classes for nine consecutive terms, finding a way to earn excellent grades while working all those parttime jobs? Sure, the odds are stacked against Ryder Stone getting into a pro camp, even back home in the Canadian Football League, few who know his backstory would put it past him. Ask Teevens if Stone is a guy he’d want beside him if he were going to war and he won’t hesitate. “He’d be the guy leading the charge,” the coach said. Stone’s story begins not in the land of three downs, 12 players and the 55-yard line but in Texas, where all of that would be sacrilege. Born in Stony Plain, Alb., Stone’s mother Lindsay moved in her 20’s to the Lone Star State where she met and married a cowboy named Shawn Stone. They welcomed a son named Ryder in Fort Worth in 1995 and a daughter named Rylee a few years later. Young Ryder was 12 the spring when his family hitched up a trailer and headed for a new life in Canada. The boy took the move north of the border in stride.

“I just kind of saw it as an adventure,” he said. “It’s always hard to say goodbye to people but it was fun. It was a 10-day road trip with horse and trailer. We had just had a litter of puppies as well, so it was something of a circus show.” His new friends and teachers north of the border didn’t speak with the drawl he was familiar with and the faces on the money might have been different but life on a ranch in Canada wasn’t all that different than it was in Texas for the cowboy’s son. “I would go out and help with fencing or occasionally we would move some cattle and stuff,” Stone said. “Every year I’d help with the brandings. I was always the designated steer wrestler. “The older I got the busier I got with school and football and stuff so that started to wane a little bit. But whenever I could, I would be out there.” While Stone was chosen for the Under-18 Team Alberta as a sophomore and junior, college coaches on this side of the border barely noticed. Even after running for 1,300 yards and being selected for the Alberta South team in a regional senior bowl the only offer he received was to walk on a Montana. Then fate stepped in. “I had a friend whose dad had a connection to Andover,” Stone explained. “He recommended it for his son, but his son didn’t want to go alone. We had gone to a bunch of football camps together so they reached out to me as someone who was from the States and might want to go back and play.” Tossed a life vest, Stone grabbed it and held on. “A coach flew out to interview us and everything,” he said. “I had the grades to get in but my friend didn’t. So I ended up getting accepted. I jumped on the opportunity, obviously.” The move to the elite Massachusetts prep school was a culture shock for the scholarship kid from Canada. “Big time,” he admitted. “I had never even lived in a town in my life. To me, I was living in a city and Andover is a small suburb of Boston. I adjusted quick, but it was not like anything I had experienced before.” Stone, who likes to say the librarian was his favorite person as an elementary school student, ended up doing fine in the classroom as well as on the football field, running for 1,224 yards and being named the NEPSAC Division I player of the year. Even gaudy numbers and postseason honors, however, didn’t see college coaches putting him on speed dial. “It was getting close to the end of the recruiting season and I was starting to think it wasn’t going to happen,” he recalled. “I had an opportunity to go to Amherst, but I decided I wanted to make it to either the Ivy League or a Division-I school. Otherwise I was going to go back home. I had a few offers back in Canada that were on the table.” Then, just as it had back in Canada after his senior season, fate stepped in. Bob Whalen’s son, Matt, was on the football team at Andover and the hard-working Stone caught the Dartmouth baseball coach’s eye. “It’s tough to get recruited after just one season and (coaches) pretty much discredited what I did in Canada because they don’t think Canadian football is very good,” Stone explained. “I had spoken to a coach about sending my film here and hadn’t gotten much of a response. “But Coach Whalen had been to a lot of our games and he knocked on Coach Teevens’ door and said to take a second look.” That led to an official visit to Hanover, which turned out to be PEAK | FALL 2017


the perfect fit. “This was everything I wanted,” said Stone, who could recall just one member of his high school class coming to the U.S. to study. “It was in the middle of nowhere, which is something I love about it. It was almost too perfect how everything lined up. It didn’t feel real when Coach Teevens offered me.” Discovered late, Stone paid dividends for Dartmouth early. Pressed into service toward the end of his freshman season because of injuries, he ran for 114 yards and three touchdowns in just the second half of a win over Brown game in Week 9. Making his first start a week later, he ran for 59 yards and another touchdown in a season-ending win at Princeton. Playing for the Ivy League champions the next fall Stone won the Doten Award as the sophomore contributing the most to the success of the team. Despite sharing the backfield with two seniors he led the Big Green with 375 rushing yards and eight touchdowns while also breaking a kickoff return for an 89-yard TD.

Saddled with injuries last fall as a junior, he still finished second in another crowded backfield with 277 rushing yards while scoring a team-high four touchdowns. His 17 catches for 176 yards led all Dartmouth backs. For all of his accomplishments on the field, however, football is just part of Stone’s story. In a Bleacher Report Q&A Josh Rosen, the standout UCLA quarterback, famously said, “(F)ootball and school don’t go together. They just don’t. Trying to do both is like trying to do two full-time jobs.” Rosen clearly never met Ryder Stone, who plays Division-I football, is doing quite nicely as an Ivy League studies environmental studies major, and yes, somehow finds a way to work not one but a dizzying array of jobs that started with managing the Dartmouth bikes program for the college’s Sustainability Office. The program refurbishes and sells bikes, offers rentals, teaches bicycle mechanics and offers runs pop-up bike shops. Stone signed on with the bikes program as a freshman and is a big believer in its mission. “Right now we’re working on ways to educate the freshmen on the best option for bringing a bike on campus so they don’t just show up on campus, buy a Walmart bike and then it’s trash in the first few weeks,” he explained during the summer. “I kind of missed doing stuff with my hands and found about doing it at a job fair freshman year and I’ve been doing it ever since.” But that’s hardly all. 14 PEAK | FALL 2017

“I was an UGA (Undergraduate Advisor) all of last year,” Stone said. “I’ve worked Reunions every year. I did a Safety and Security nightwatch job. This last year I did bartending for the two weeks of Reunions. “I do yard work just off campus. I do a little remodeling and landscaping and get to drive a tractor. I help a guy with a little farm, which I think is the best thing in the world.” He’s been hired to load up and drive a moving truck, he’s bagged candy for Novack Cafe on campus and has helped with marketing efforts for basketball games at Leede Arena among other things. Need something done? Stone is always at the ready. “He is on everybody’s list as a guy to clean out the garage, rake the lawn, shovel some dirt or dig a hole,” said Teevens. “Nothing is below him.” UCLA’s Josh Rosen might have a hard time believing it but the Dartmouth football player has found a way to make it all work. “Good time management is key to being a student-athlete,” Ryder said almost matter-of-factly. “I think anybody would say that. But for me, I kind of look at it like a sprint with everything that I am doing. “Wherever I am, whatever I am doing I am focused. You have to be all in, and then you have to give 100 percent effort. Then you know what you have to do next and you go on to that and dive into it.” Because football matters to him, he does cut back on his commitments during the season. “I give myself more free time so that I make sure that I sleep and eat and do all the essentials that sometimes take a back seat for a college student,” he said. “That’s probably the biggest difference between fall and any other term. Obviously, we are still training for the season after the fall. You try to never lose focus on that, but especially in the fall I try to dial myself in strictly to football. I only work one or two jobs and make sure that I have all the time I need to take care of myself. “I probably average about eight or nine hours of sleep a night during football season. The rest of the year? You can take a few hours off here or there depending on the time of week or term. As far sacrifices go I would say being busy just means less social time, but I am more than OK with that. It’s the sprint mentality.” It’s hard to imagine that Stone has any free time but he does. “I seem to usually find time to do just about everything I want,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons I like being here in the summer when I can be out on a canoe, go on a hike, or go mountain biking. “You have to make the most of the time you have, when you have it.” Which is exactly what Ryder Stone has done since the day he stepped on campus and began his sprint to the end of his senior fall, when he’ll finish classes two terms ahead of his classmates and turn his attention full-time to the dream of playing pro football. Among the legion of people in Hanover rooting for him will be Scott Hunt, the Dartmouth safety and security officer who helps keep the college’s fleet of Zagster bicycles going. “I don’t talk about many students with my wife but I’ve brought him up because he’s a kid who has the best work ethic I’ve ever seen,” said Hunt. “Between Dartmouth Bikes, what he does on the football field and everything else he does like working on a farm in Vermont, he exemplifies exactly what you would want your own kid to be. “He’s polite, friendly and outgoing, just a special kid. Every time I’ve ever asked him to me out with anything, bike-related or whatever, he’s been right on it. He’s just one really, really great kid.”






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hether it’s a handful of retirees who gather each morning at the local coffee shop, the regular afternoon tea group or friends sitting around a bar at night, a lot of the world’s problems are solved over a cup or a glass. If they aren’t solved they are at least discussed and better understood over a cup or glass. How to handle success in the stadium or avoid being swept away by failure on the field, fretting over the deadline for a big presentation, dealing with a problem roommate or fretting over a fraternity is hardly the stuff of the network news that keeps us awake at night. But those are exactly the kinds of issues coaches know Big Green student-athletes face on a daily and weekly basis. Drinks with the Shrink, a Peak Performance program that started in the spring of 2016, offers the College’s coaches a chance to bat around how to address those kinds of issues around with sports psychologist Mark Hiatt, Assistant AD for Peak Performance Ali Hart and, perhaps most importantly, their peers. All over a cup or glass in a comfortable and informal setting. Field hockey coach Amy Fowler has seen and heard and experienced a lot since arriving in Hanover in 1994. She’s a Drinks with the Shrink regular for a reason. “I think we all try to be counselors, but we are not trained clinically,” Fowler said with a laugh. “I think any time we can connect with Mark Hiatt he offers us ideas and resources different from anything we typically have access to. I know from having him work with my team that I really like his demeanor and the concepts he touches on.”


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As does Hart, a former assistant softball coach at Dartmouth. What she learned during a year-long research project dealing with the mental health of athletes while working on her Masters led her to propose formalizing what had been informal coach meetings with Hiatt that became Drinks with the Shrink. “We had done some one-off kind of programs with coaches that we got some really good feedback about,” said Hiatt, who holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia and joined the college health services in 2003. “We had groups of coaches in the room talking about mental health issues with students and that kind of morphed into performance issues and coaching issues. “What is great is having coaches talk with each other about their experiences. There are new coaches, old coaches, head coaches and assistant coaches who have all kinds of different perspectives and experiences. We have had some really great conversations and some informal feedback where folks said it would be great to do that kind of thing more regularly.” That idea has spawned Drinks with the Shrink meetings on a variety of topics. A glimpse at Hart’s calendar lists past titles like Fear of Failure, Communication, Difficult Conversations, Confidence and Injuries & Injury Recovery. “We get people asking questions, sharing experiences, talking about different things that come up,” Hart explained. “One of the consistent things we’ve heard is that it can be hard for coaches to sit down together and compare notes about their experiences. That’s been a great thing about this.


“It’s a chance for other coaches to hear how a lacrosse coach handles this particular situation. What is rowing doing in that situation? It’s helpful to be able to compare those notes.” The program is titled Drinks with the Shrink for a reason. “We thought it would be kind of catchy and would appeal to coaches more than ‘Coffee and Donuts,’ ” Hiatt said with a grin. “You can bring whatever drink you want. Everybody’s schedule is so busy we picked Wednesday mornings. Coffee, muffins and conversation. “We will put together a theme. It may involve a specific theme based on feedback that Ali might get during the course of the month. It might be what coaches are talking about or maybe something I am hearing a lot of. We will try to organize a bit around that theme. We might have some specific cases or scenarios. ‘Hey, what would you do in this situation?’ Just to get the discussion going.” It is when Hiatt is listening more than talking that he feels the program really takes off. “That’s when it’s great,” he said. “That’s when the dialogue really gets going. “We have done everything from confidence to communication. Managing emotions. Mental health issues. Coaches self-care and wellness. Managing the ‘D-Plan’ and academic demands. We’ve talked about different points in the academic term where you are dealing with social issues, different pressures and academic issues that may be coming up. Transitioning to summer. All those kinds of things.” Hiatt believes the monthly meetings are another example of the Dartmouth athletic program taking a forward-looking approach to improving the experience of its student-athletes.

“Not every kind of school would encourage this,” he said. “The support from the administration has been great in terms of encouraging coaches to get together and talk, and even some of our administrators have shared their experiences. “One of the really nice things is while it’s a competitive environment, there’s a willingness to open up and talk about things that are working well along with things that they are struggling with. They are all smart, engaged, dedicated folks. Being able to hear their perspectives and learn from them has been great for me.” Hiatt said he’s more of a facilitator at Drinks with the Shrink, but women’s soccer coach Ron Rainey feels he’s a lot more than that. “He might be being just a little bit humble,” the women’s soccer coach said. “He does a good job setting up the structure of it and always has handouts that are insightful. Some are about an initial topic, just to get get people thinking and talking, which is very helpful.” Hiatt’s office is in Dick’s House where he works with the college health services. His familiarity with the regular student body, Fowler believes, is an asset. “He’s helpful whether it is in a game situation or just the overall academic environment,” she said. “He has been at the college long enough to have seen a lot of things with non-athlete students. “He knows our student-athletes are no different, although they have a heightened awareness of how much time they don’t have that others might, and how they have to stay focused. He’s understands dealing with a lot of Type-A personalities, the character these kids have, and that a lot of them come here having never failed at anything.” For as much expertise as Hiatt offers, he and Hart both appreciate the value of coaches learning from other coaches, and hope to steer Drinks with the Shrink in that direction. “I would love to see coaches proposing topics for discussion,” Hart said. “We would kick it off and the coaches would take it from there with burning questions they want to talk about. Mark and I would be there more to offer support than be the leaders.” That would be just fine with Rainey, who said he always takes something away from Drinks with the Shrink, whether it be from Hiatt and Hart, or from his peers. “Mark has set up an atmosphere where we can talk about anything,” he said. “Things that work and things that haven’t worked, without judging what’s right or wrong. “After each session I find myself using two or things I’ve learned from Mark, from another team, or from another coach. It’s a pretty collaborative process.” For more visit

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DBI GamePlan 4.0

or Ben Bradley, who believes Dartmouth athletes can play an outsized role in reducing sexual assault and violence on campus, the spark that touched off his interest was ignited by a former big-name college quarterback. “I had no perspective or thoughts about sexual violence before I got to college,” says Bradley, a Syracuse graduate. “Then I heard Don McPherson, a Heisman candidate at Syracuse, speak about the issue. He explained how men are the vast majority of perpetrators are harming other people, and why men need to be involved in preventing it. I had never thought of it that way before, and a switch kind of flipped for me.” Bradley went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in social work at Syracuse and then his master’s of social work at North Carolina. After spending time as a social services specialist for the Fairfax County government in Virginia he came to Dartmouth in 2014 as a survivor advocate. A year after arriving in Hanover he took over the push to prevent sexual assault and violence as the manager of the Dartmouth Bystander Initiative. DBI, he explains, works on the premise that, “If we as a campus mobilize bystanders and provide opportunities for us all to be able to recognize situations where harm could occur and (develop) the ability and a confidence to intervene, that is going to prevent individuals from harming other people, and bring the number of people experiencing harm down.” Bradley and his team run 45-minute to one-hour workshops adapted for different groups around campus, everything from the Greek system to Freshman Trips leaders. Last year there were 2,781 “student interactions” with DBI according to Bradley’s figures. “That’s not exactly the same as 2,781 students because there is overlap, but we have reached a larger percentage than other institutions.” Among the populations that DBI is working with are the college’s student-athletes, who participate in a program titled Gameplan on a team-by-team basis. “What we have done is create a program specific to athletics, specific to the issues that athletes see,” said Bradley. “We want our athletes to be leaders in regards to making sure people are ‘stepping in and checking in,’ to make our campus safer.” Bradley has found the reception to the Bystander Initiative among athletes rewarding and effective. “Bystander intervention works,” he says. “Hearing our studentathletes and other students talking about times that they stepped in is incredibly inspiring. When we hear the word intervention it sometimes make us think of smashing a door down or punching someone when just checking in on someone or simply saying, ‘I think that person’s had too much to drink,’ will make a difference. “Interventions large and small add up. That’s what make our culture change. That’s what keeps people safe and decreases our rates of violence on our campus.” While DBI holds workshops with groups all across the campus, Bradley believes athletes can have a special impact both because of their profile at the College, and because of the nature of a team culture. “Our athletes from different sports have influence in different parts of campus,” he says. “One, they are group of students who

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spend a lot of time together. Creating and helping them establish norms is really important, because athletes roll together quite a bit. “Secondly, athletes on a team are comfortable talking to each other and that can be really helpful. We bypass a lot of the getting to know each other barriers that we have in other workshops because they are already familiar with each other, so we can kind of jump right into things. That’s really helpful.” As is the structure of athletic teams with coaches, captains and often a clear pecking order among team members. “Teams talk about and have mechanisms regarding accountability,” Bradley says. “From the coach, to the leaders and on down. Those are really great place for a culture change. “That’s helpful because our student-athletes are in a lot of different pockets of our campus culture. So they, as a large group learning skills to intervene and also valuing bystander intervention, will then very much so influence the rest of campus.” While Bradley believes athletes can make a positive difference on campus he’s not blind to the frequent headlines around the country about athletes in trouble for sexual assault and that, too, is a reason why he’s enthusiastic about the partnership DBI has developed with the College athletic department. “Athletics is really important to me,” he said. “The research shows that in groups of men where hyper-masculinity or toxic masculinity is sort of the norm, it increases the likelihood of engaging in sexual violence. Those are the groups we need to be making a difference as well, setting a tone and stepping in and interrupting.” The first exposure to DBI for fall athletes usually comes through their team. For others it is when Bradley gives an orientation talk to all first-year students. “We get voices of upperclass students talking about the kind of campus we have and want to have, and normalizing stepping in and checking in as a value,” he says. “Then, depending on when their sport happens, we will have a DBI workshop with their team, with upperclass and team leaders saying, ‘These are the values of our team.’ That is important. They are hearing students of influence saying what we do on our team.” To assure that the workshops are relevant and impactful on the student-athletes who might have attended them several times before, Bradley will meet with team leaders beforehand to walk through the approach he will be using and make sure it is fresh. A rigorous feedback system helps him evaluate both the programming as well as his role as facilitator. “Focus groups are important, too,” he says. “We just did a focus group with student-athletes (during the summer) about our new workshop, getting input from them about what areas that they are seeing that it would be good to talk about, what activities are good or bad and what ways can I be more relevant and approachable.” Although it’s still in the relatively early stages, Bradley has been pleased by the reception Gameplan has generated among athletes and teams. “Both from the evaluations that we are doing anecdotally, and from what we are hearing from students, I am very hopeful about the direction that we are going. We still have significant work to do but I think we are in the process of changing our campus culture, and our athletes are playing a gigantic, important part of that.”



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