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Pursuing her U.S. Ski Team dreams, senior Foreste Peterson deferred her Dartmouth enrollment twice before becoming a Big Green student-athlete. To her pleasant surprise, her experience at Dartmouth has done wonders for her skiing as she competes to nab a spot on the U.S. National team for the upcoming Winter Olympics.

EDITOR Drew Galbraith



Talking About Mental Health

Women’s basketball senior leader Andi Norman doesn’t shy away from talking about a very personal topic: her struggles with mental health. Sharing her story with other student-athletes, she has created an open dialogue on mental health issues and the resources DP2 is able to provide.


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Big Green Fuel

Launched in the Spring of 2017, the Dartmouth Peak Performance Fueling Station is the key to making sure Big Green student-athletes have the energy they need for a workout or recovery. Similar to a snack bar and available to all varsity student-athletes, the new resource has made refueling a quick pit stop.


ON THE COVER Dartmouth women’s squash started the 2017-2018 season strong, ranked tenth in the nation. Senior captain Zainab Molani looks to build upon last season’s success when they took home the Kurtz Cup in the Division B College Squash Association Team Nationals.

Strength, Speed, and Conditioning

Their faces may not be familiar and their names don’t always show up on the team web pages, but make no mistake, the Dartmouth strength and conditioning coaches are their own tight-knit group, a team integral to the success of Big Green athletes.







he narrator’s sigh in the final stanza of The Road Not Taken is a subtle warning from onetime Dartmouth student Robert Frost that we can never know what would have happened if we had gone the other way when two roads diverged. Foreste Peterson certainly doesn’t know how things would have gone if she had chosen to continue with the U.S. Ski Team instead of opting in 2014 to finally start her twice-postponed Dartmouth education. But she does know a couple of things.

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She knows she has thoroughly enjoyed her three-plus years as a Big Green student-athlete. And, to her pleasant surprise, she knows it did wonders for her skiing. “Last year I had the best season of my life,” the first-team All-American said. “It was a huge breakthrough year for me, and totally unexpected.” An environmental studies major who hopes one day to combine that interest with skiing, Peterson grew up in Berkeley, Calif., and fell in love with the snow at Squaw Valley, about a

three-hour drive from home. Her father did a little ski racing in college and her mother skied at Stratton Mountain School so it’s little surprise that the cabin her grandfather built above Lake Tahoe shortly after the 1960 Olympics became almost a second home to the family each winter. “We would commute every weekend when I was growing up,” Peterson said. “We would drive up on Friday night and ski Saturday and Sunday before driving back home.” Always a strong student and a precocious skier, Peterson spent one year at International High School of San Francisco

and then did an independent study program through Berkeley High School the next three years after being chose for the U.S. Ski Team. When it came time to college she knew from a young age where she wanted to go, if not when she would get there. “Ever since I was a little girl, I had this thing for Dartmouth,” she said. “Maybe I overheard family members talking about it, even though nobody in my family had gone there. I just liked the way it sounded. “I liked it even more when I found out about its skiing



history, that a bunch of U.S. Ski Team members went there and that the quarter system was accommodating for them. When I learned you could race in the winter and go to school in spring, it all clicked. I thought, ‘Wow, this place sounds awesome. what could be better?’ Then when I visited Dartmouth, I fell in love with it.” Peterson applied and was accepted at Dartmouth but twice deferred enrollment, both to continue with the U.S. Ski Team and to make sure she was ready to appreciate everything the college had to offer once she did finally arrive on campus. “During that time I didn’t feel ready for college at all,” she said. “I was totally in U.S. Ski Team mode and mindset. I had really big goals and all I wanted was to achieve those goals. For me, going to college at that time didn’t feel right. I just wanted to keep pursuing ski racing.” Two years out of high school, with the results she longed for not coming, she decided the time had finally come to transition from athlete to student-athlete. “I wasn’t really achieving goals,” she explained. “I wasn’t that happy and was pretty burnt out. I knew that I needed a change of pace. Dartmouth was right there for me. “I realized going to Dartmouth and skiing for the college was a very good option. That’s when I knew I was totally ready and excited to start school.” As a Dartmouth freshman Peterson made the All-East team after recording five podium finishes. She reprised that honor as a sophomore and added first-team All-America honors with a fifth-place finish in the giant slalom at the NCAA Championships. Last winter she won three of five giant slalom races and earned All-American in the slalom with a third place finish at NCAAs. Even she has been surprised by how well she has performed. “It was very unexpected,” she admitted. “For the last few years I felt like I was plateauing. My skiing was good, and steady across board but last year was totally different. I had never done that well at North American Cup, and I had a very good Carnival season, too.” Heading into her senior winter she has earned a spot on the All-East first team all three years with the Big Green and finished in the top 10 in 28-of-29 races she has finished, the lone exception the 2016 NCAA slalom when she just missed, placing 11th. Most importantly, she has been having fun on the snow again. “There is nothing like being part of a college team,” she said. “The amount of support you get from your teammates is like no other. You are all going after a common goal. In a way there’s more pressure at times because maybe the whole team is riding on your shoulders, but I’ve always thrived off pressure. “I just love the college team culture. It’s so different from racing for yourself. You are racing for something much bigger and almost more important I think. It’s been incredible.” There’s something else that has been incredible as well. That she has been skiing better as a full-time student than

when all she did was train and compete with the U.S. Ski Team has not gone unnoticed. A second place at the U.S. Alpine Championships in the giant slalom and a fourth in the slalom earned her an invitation from the U.S. Ski Team to race in the World Cup opener in Solden, Austria in late October alongside three others, including someone named Lindsay Vonn. In so doing, Peterson became the first “rostered” collegiate skier to earn the right to represent the United States at the highest level of skiing in recent memory. Peterson is quick to credit Dartmouth coach John Dwyer for encouraging her to pursue her skiing dreams and chase a potential Olympic berth knowing it could have cost him his best skier. “I can’t say enough good things about John Dwyer,” she said. “He has done so much for me. He wants the best for me as an athlete. He clearly saw what I did last year. He even came to me to ask if I’d consider taking fall off because he wants me to achieve everything I can as an athlete, whether it’s doing it for the Dartmouth ski team, or if I am not able to race for Dartmouth. He totally supports me.” As do others on campus. “My professors have been extremely accommodating and supportive,” the Academic All-Ivy League selection said. “Athletically we have so many resources available to us. Our strength coach Joe (Gilfedder) has helped us get strong and fit and Floren is an incredible facility. I guess it goes to show that it can be done while you are in college. “Last year was huge breakthrough year for me. It was the best season of my life. Granted, I did take the fall term off last year, and that had something to do with it because I had extra time on snow. But in years past I always skied in summer. Before last year I didn’t.” Instead of spending the summer prior to her junior year on the snow, she did her Sophomore Summer on campus. “I think it was my favorite term at Dartmouth,” she said. “I totally enjoyed it. Hanover was so nice that time of year. I got to know a lot more of my class and really enjoyed the classes I took. I didn’t feel like I needed to be anywhere else. I was still training hard in the gym but I was happy to be at school, and glad I got to experience it like a normal Dartmouth student. “Back when I was in high school and deferring Dartmouth, I always thought I wanted to do what a lot of U.S. Ski Team members do. Be on U.S. Ski Team and then just go to school one term a year. I thought that was so cool and the best of both worlds. But ever since I realized the U.S. Ski Team wasn’t the end all for me and decided to go to Dartmouth full-time and race for them, I have been so, so happy. Getting an Ivy League education year-round, and being a part of an incredible ski team, has been the full package, the change of pace I needed. My life became a lot more balanced.” Added Peterson, “Certainly, the big goal has always been to qualify for the Olympics. I’ve been wanting that ever since I was a little girl. But at the end of day I’m going to be happy if I qualify for NCAAs, too. I am happy right now and I have found I’m most successful when I’m happy.”

Peterson became the first “rostered” collegiate skier to earn the right to represent the United States at the highest level of skiing in recent memory.

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It took Dartmouth forward Andi Norman 55 games in a Big Green uniform before she finally scored in double figures, dropping in a career-high 26 points against Maine one month into her junior season. With the lid off the basket she went on to hit double figures five more times that winter, including a 22-point outing against Brown, and she picked up where she left off when she popped in 14 points against Army this November. But even if Norman never scored a point or grabbed a rebound for coach Belle Koclanes’ team, the would-be filmmaker from Upper Arlington, Ohio would have made an invaluable contribution to the women’s basketball team, to the athletic program and to the Dartmouth student body as a whole. Well before she was elected one of the basketball team’s two senior “leaders” – think captain – Norman joined with a former teammate in assuming a lead role in the Dartmouth athletic department’s push to make sure mental health issues are addressed in a timely and effective manner. “I worked very closely with Mark Hiatt (clinical psychologist in Dartmouth health services and the DP2 sports psychologist) to help inform student-athletes about the resources and options available if they are struggling, or if a teammate or just a peer at Dartmouth is struggling,” Norman said. “We spoke at the freshman dinner to kind of share experiences and resources. “I worked with Katelyn (McPherson) and Donnie (Brooks) of DP2, and with Mark to kind of figure out how we could best share this message about the importance of maintaining better mental health.” For Norman, the interest in mental health is deeply personal.

“I struggle with mental health,” she said without selfreproach. “I am not shy about it. My freshman year was above and beyond the darkest year of my life. Coach Belle was my rock. I was very fortunate to have her and the resources that we have here.” According to Norman she began to turn a corner after spring break of her freshman year. “It took me a long time to kind of come to terms with the fact that this is who I am and what I am going through,” she said. “It still is really hard to be so open about it because on bad days I can’t hide it. So many people in athletics know. That’s a good thing and it’s a bad thing. “Selfishly it’s a bad thing. But it’s also a very good thing if I can help one other person. Then telling my story is worth it.” And it has helped others. “Since sharing my story I have had students reach out to me, whether it is someone in my year or someone in the class of 2019 that I spoke to,” she said. “I’ve had them kind of share their story and say, ‘This is how you helped me. I want to be where you are in coming to terms with dealing with mental health. How do I get there and what can I do? What did you do?’ “There are days when I wish I hadn’t shared such an intimate part of my life, but in the grand scheme of things it really was for the best. Even teammates on my team who have gone through similar things feel comfortable talking to me because I am not shy about my struggle with mental health and the battles that I’ve gone through, especially here, and the experience I’ve had here.”



DARTMOUTH COACH BELLE KOCLANES HAS AN ASSISTANT COACH AT AMERICAN TO THANK IN PART FOR ANDI NORMAN ’18 WEARING A BIG GREEN UNIFORM. The American coach’s name in question? Belle Koclanes. A three-time selection to the All-Ohio Capital Conference first team and third-team allstate pick, Norman first got to know Koclanes when she was at the Washington, D.C. school. “She was recruiting me and we had built a little relationship,” Norman recalled. “I had planned a visit to American but they had to cancel because they lost in their tournament when they didn’t think they were going to, and all their players had gone. So Coach Belle actually called and said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to waste your time. The coaches are going recruiting and the players aren’t here, so it really would not be the best use of your time to come for a visit.’” In other words, Koclanes punted her. Sort of. “She did and she didn’t,” Norman said with a laugh. “The decision wasn’t hers. She made the call, but she was really pleasant about it.” Good thing because after Koclanes was hired at Dartmouth and started recruiting she made another call to Norman, who the former Big Green staff had been courting before the coaching change. “I’d gotten a few calls from Dartmouth before, but after the staffing change I hadn’t heard from them,” Norman said. “It was the end of June going into my last AAU season so I had kind of written Dartmouth off because I hadn’t heard anything. “Then Coach Belle was hired here. When she called me, my dad said, ‘Belle Koclanes, that sounds really familiar. Wasn’t that the coach from American who told us we shouldn’t waste our time coming out?’” It was, and Norman couldn’t be happier that Koclanes gave her another chance. “I have met so many incredible people and had so many amazing experiences in basketball, in school and in life here,” she said. “I just have learned so much about myself through these past 3 1/2 years now. “It’s been up and down but I wouldn’t trade the experience I’ve had here for anything.”

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Norman is effusive in her praise for the role her head coach and the athletic department played not only in helping her address her mental health issues but for providing the tools that have allowed her to grow as an athlete as well as a person over the past four years. “We have so many resources here,” she said. “You come in as a freshman and you don’t know what it’s like until you get here. There is an adjustment for nearly every single freshman that walks into a college program. You just have never competed at this level. For example, you might think you are in shape but trust me, you are not in shape.

and through improved nutrition. During her career she’s used the NormaTec Pulse Leg Recovery System compression units, foam rolling, ice baths, whirlpools, massage therapy and hydrotherapy to deal successfully with the rigors of a fourmonth, 27-game season and the arduous back-to-back Ivy League schedule. With help from her head coach, the college’s sports psychologist and others in the athletic department and the college she came to grips with her mental health, and with help from DP2 leadership expert Steven Spaulding she has developed into an accomplished team leader who helped the Big Green jump out to the best start of

Even teammates on my team who have gone through similar things feel comfortable talking to me because I am not shy about my struggle with mental health and the battles that I’ve gone through, especially here, and the experience I’ve had here. “I remember in the weight room watching my teammates doing pull-ups and I couldn’t even bend my arms. I was just hanging. After all the work in the weight room I am so much more aware of my fitness and I’m so much better than I was. I can play a whole game of basketball, which is important this year because we have a smaller team and there’s not a whole lot of subs. We had to be able to run and run in those first practices. Everything we did was to make sure we were fit enough to beat teams up and down the floor for 40 minutes.” Norman, who lost 30 pounds her freshman year, has tapped into DP2 resources since arriving on campus to build her strength and improve her fitness both in the Floren weight room

her career this winter. “I am having the most fun I’ve ever had my whole life,” she said. “I am still battling with my mental health but I am so lucky I play for Coach Belle and for the staff we have here. My co-team leader is my best friend in the whole world. “As I finally start to see the end of my career I’ve fallen in love with basketball more every single day. This is so different from my freshman year. I get to the gym and all of a sudden I’m like, I’m at the gym, I get to hang out with my best friend in the world, and I get to play basketball. I feel very lucky.”

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hen the John W. Berry Sports Center opened it had a matched set of concession stands serving things like hot dogs, Rice Krispies Treats, M&Ms and Coca-Cola. Thankfully for those of us who go to Dartmouth games, one of the two stands still sells traditional refreshments to fans taking in the action in Leede Arena. And thankfully for those who play in Dartmouth games, the other concession stand is no longer peddling salty pretzels, cotton candy, kettle corn, Mountain Dew and the like. Instead it has been reborn as the Dartmouth Peak Performance Fueling Station. Overseen since its opening last spring by Shira Evans, DP2’s nutritionist and certified sports dietitian, the Fueling Station is stocked with fruit and nuts, cheese sticks, hard-boiled eggs, transfat-free, heart-healthy peanut butter packets, Kind Bars, fruit and nut Lärabars, chocolate milk, fruit juice and more. Best of all, it’s free for the taking for Dartmouth’s varsity skiers and runners, basketball players, hockey players and the like. It is another valuable tool in the athlete’s tool box according to Spencer Brown, the Big Green’s head strength and conditioning coach. “We have a graphic we made up that shows, ‘You are on empty, go get fuel,’” Brown said. “Really, that’s what we are trying to do. Give our athletes who need something to eat between meals an opportunity to make good choices, and to educate them on what they should be putting in their bodies.” 16 PEAK | WINTER 2018

BIG GREEN FUEL The Fueling Station is open Monday through Friday from 7:30-9:30 in the morning and again from 2-4 in the afternoon. “We are hitting close to when the strength and conditioning workouts are, and practices as well,” said Evans, who works three days a week at the college’s Dick’s House infirmary and does outreach with Dartmouth teams. “That way we can be here right before or right after the athletes train or practice, when it is most convenient for them to stop by.” Evans has put together a selection of healthy snacks designed to provide Dartmouth athletes with an energy boost heading into a workout, or replenish them afterward to help in recovery. “Athletes are so busy they will sometimes sacrifice a meal or eat an inappropriate snack just because it’s handy,” she said. “So this is a game changer for them, improving their energy availability and giving them more longstanding nutrients for longterm health, and so they can perform better. With improved energy availability we know that they are able to train the way they should be able to, and that’s when they grow and develop as athletes.” Prior to the opening of the Fueling Station, access to energy bars, chocolate milk and the like could be a hit-and-miss thing for the college’s athletes. “It wasn’t really meeting the needs of all of our varsity athletes,” said Evans, who was involved in the planning of the new facility. “After surveying what was available, this is the best location because it is central to a lot of different teams.”

Located on the first floor of the Berry Center, the Fueling Station is an easy walk from the Floren Varsity House weight room, with direct access through the doors at the west end of Berry. It features grab-and-go snacks on the counter behind signs reading “carbs,” “milk” and “protein,” along with other refrigerated items and 3.5-ounce smoothies available by request. Also available is information from Evans, and during the fall from Lauren Dodge, the sports nutrition intern from Keene State College who handled most of the Fueling Station shifts and answered questions when they came up. “The most common question was an athlete standing about four feet away from the counter, just staring at the options,” explained Dodge. “This was a dead give away that they were new to the Fueling Station. I always loved this because it allowed for a fresh first impression, and Shira and I would sneak some nutrition education in, too.” To Dodge’s eyes, there was probably a 50-50 split during the fall term among athletes stopping by pre-practice or workout and post-practice or workout. “Their choices often reflected their needs, though sometimes I tried to do a little coaching,” she said. “This was only when they seemed on the fence about different products. I would ask, ‘Are you coming from or going to a workout?’ and then assist them to a choice.” As part of her internship Dodge regularly produced handouts demystifying food choices for athletes. “If we hear an athlete saying, ‘I don’t think I should be eating carbs,’ I had her make a sheet on carbs,” said Evans, herself a former college distance runner. “That’s probably the biggest misperception, that they don’t need as many carbs as they do. That has been put out there by media. Low-carb diets are very popular right now, but the truth is any varsity athlete needs carbohydrates, even if they’re trying to lose weight.” According to Dodge there isn’t much variation by sport in what the athletes like to choose for snacking. “Cross-country usually stuck with non-dairy, carb snacks like a Lärabar or a Kind bar – probably because they would come in the afternoon right before a workout. Other sports like rugby always came after lift and would grab a balance of protein and carb snacks for refueling.” Printed on a whiteboard on the Fueling Station counter is a question of the day such as,“What is your fav way to eat peanut butter?” designed to stir nutrition conversation. “We’re always open to suggestions,” said Evans. “Sometimes athletes will ask for certain things and I’ll do research on what they want and see if it is a good idea and is budget friendly.”

In addition to the items available each day there has been a Thursday “test kitchen,” where the Fueling Station staff blends up different kinds of smoothies featuring a carb-to-protein ratio optimized for recovery. Evans’ wish list as the Fueling Station becomes more popular would include a little more refrigeration capacity, but that’s not all. “I’d love to see an athlete kitchen with a working stovetop, oven, microwave and refrigerator,” she said. “I actually taught a sport nutrition class for athletes here for Sophomore Summer. We would go through sports nutrition topics like hydration, snacking and recovery meals, and then make related recipes. “Having something like that would be awesome. A lot of athletes don’t have experience cooking for themselves because a lot of them have to be on the meal plan. It would be something to help enhance their knowledge of food and nutrition as well as athletic performance. It would tie together all the concepts that they should be aware of.” In the meantime, she’s just glad the Fueling Station is there to provide healthy snacks to hungry athletes. So is Brown, the strength coach. “If you get three meals a day, guess what? There are two other opportunities that you have to eat something,” he said. “This gives us more good options as far as proteins, carbohydrates and fats to help keep weight on, or give them the energy they need for the day. “It’s a way to help keep them healthy. People think they know about nutrition. ‘Carbs are bad.’ Or, ‘Fats are bad.’ Or now, ‘Protein is bad.’ Well, what do you eat at this point? That’s why I think that the education piece of this is huge.” Of course, there’s another benefit for the athletes as well. They got healthy, helpful and even tasty treats like yummy fruit smoothies, sometimes nicely trying to convince Evans or Dodge to give them a little more than the usual demo servings. “And if we said no because we were super slammed and trying to make sure everyone got a sample, they would just grab two-to-three cups,” said Dodge. “Often they would ask for two of something. If they were new to the Fueling Station, I would sometimes look around (checking if the coast was clear) and then lean and say, ‘I think that’s fine. I won’t tell.’ They would grin and think they were getting away with something, but really they were always allowed two of something, like a Kind bar and cheese stick. They all eventually caught on, but this was still fun.”

Athletes are so busy they will sometimes sacrifice a meal or eat an inappropriate snack just because it’s handy. So this is a game changer for them, improving their energy availability and giving them more longstanding nutrients for long-term health, and so they can perform better.

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f you’ve been to a Dartmouth game or contest perhaps you’ve seen them standing on the sidelines, behind the bench or a few feet from the huddle as they study the athletes they train in action. Their faces may not be familiar and their names don’t always show up on the team web pages but make no mistake, the Dartmouth strength and conditioning coaches are their own tight-knit group, a team integral to the success of Big Green athletes. Dartmouth introduced its first full-time strength and conditioning coach in 1984. Today there are five members of a staff headed up by Spencer Brown, Dartmouth’s Holekamp Family Director of Strength, Speed, & Conditioning. What follows is a brief oral history of each in their own lightly edited words, to help you get to know them a little better both as coaches and as people.


Football, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s Nordic skiing Brown came to Dartmouth in the summer of 2014 as the Big Green football strength and conditioning coach and assumed his current role as head of the S&C staff in the summer of 2016. As a high schooler in Florida he was an all-state football player and two-time state qualifier in weightlifting. After committing to play football at Navy, he earned the team offensive MVP award as a fullback at Naval Academy Prep School in Rhode Island before doing an about-face and enrolling at Lafayette. He went on to earn three letters as a linebacker for the Leopards. Prior to his arrival at Dartmouth he worked on the strength and conditioning staff at Lafayette and then headed up his own department at Moravian College, a Division III school in Bethlehem, Pa. He enrolled at Lafayette site unseen. “I came back to (Naval Prep) from Christmas break and we had an inspection in 15 minutes. I didn’t know if I would make

it. You’ve got to get your shoes ready. Your uniform has got to be ready. A lot of stuff. I passed inspection but at that moment I realized I was so tired of it all. So I called one of my buddies at Lafayette and said, ‘Do you like it?’ He said, ‘Yep.’ I said, ‘Good. Get me out of here.’ ” He chose a path not taken for most strength coaches, majoring in anthropology and sociology. “When I was at Navy I really enjoyed physics but Lafayette is a liberal arts school so you have to take humanities courses and the social sciences. I realized I really like that stuff. It’s not, This is right and that is wrong. It’s, Here’s the information and, How can you interpret it?” He thought he would end up as a teacher and coach before one person’s influence led him to pursue his chosen career. “I wanted to have an impact on others. I wanted to be able to help people, not just in whatever course I was teaching, but by helping them develop skills that they would carry with them throughout their lives. Our strength coach at Lafayette was the person who had the biggest impact on me as a football player and on my development as a person. I realized that’s what I wanted to do. That’s how I could reach people and try to help them, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.” He became a father while at Lafayette and already had two young children when he was offered an assistant strength position upon graduation from Lafayette. “It didn’t pay much at all, but I was able to make it work. My wife was going to night school at the time. I remember having



some teams late and her bringing me the kids. I had my daughter in a carrier and the women’s soccer and field hockey team fussing over her.” His holistic approach to strength and conditioning isn’t tied to the amount of iron his athletes lift in the weight room. “It is about intangibles. The unmeasurables. Those things you don’t measure are more valuable to a program, to a sport, to the individual than any of the numbers. Because guess what? At some point they’re going to get bumped and bruised up, and whatever vertical jump or amazing number they put up isn’t going to mean anything. What’s their foundation? What do they value? What makes them take one step after another? Those are the intangibles that make them the real athlete that they are, or can be.” He sees his staff as part of a collective team effort working to give Dartmouth’s athletes the best chance to have success. “The majority of our sports spend a lot of time with us and we are a large part of the student-athlete experience. I have gotten a huge amount of support from the administration and from coaches to help us make our teams better. I don’t think I have ever been told a flat-out no when I was trying to get something done that we needed to get done. I think that says a lot about the way that Dartmouth College looks at their student-athletes. We work with the coaches, the sports medicine staff, nutrition, leadership and all the components to help make everyone here better.”

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Men’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s alpine skiing, sailing, football assistant Gilfedder came to Dartmouth as an intern in the summer of 2015 before being promoted to associate director of the staff a year later. The New Jersey native was a four-year letterwinner as a linebacker on the Ithaca football team, earning all-conference selection as a senior. While doing his graduate work in exercise science with a concentration in strength and conditioning at Springfield College, Gilfedder worked with the football and women’s lacrosse teams as well as the sprinters and jumpers on the track squad. He did internships with the Rutgers and Western Michigan football teams and was head strength and conditioning coach for the American International College football program from 2013 until coming to Dartmouth. In addition to strength training, he holds certification as a sports nutritionist with the International Society of Sports Nutrition. “I thought about double majoring in nutrition at Ithaca but it was a little too much, too late. Nutrition is such a part of changing the body and performing at an optimum level. It is so simple and so fundamental that what you put in your body is going to make an impact on what you get out of it. I try to stress to the athletes how big a role nutrition plays and being mindful about what we are eating. It is important what we do the 22 hours of the day when we are not training.” He has competed as a body builder, and took a run at being a professional wrestler. “I’ve always been a fan of wrestling. I know it’s scripted and it’s silly but it’s entertaining. I tried out for the WWE while I was in grad school and I actually got a call back. That’s like Vince McMahon wrestling on TV. I had an interview with them, unfortunately, I didn’t make the show.” He has brought a little bit of wrestling to his current role. “I actually have a fake championship belt that we use in basketball. Whoever’s the worker of the week has the belt. It’s the challengers’ job to take the belt away from him. It’s a way to get the kids to compete. To make it entertaining so they enjoy the time in the weight room because if it’s just humdrum, they come in, they lift weights, and they leave. It can be monotonous. It’s not everybody’s thing. I love training but not everybody is me.” Should he move on at some point, his direction may surprise you. “If the New England Patriots called tomorrow and asked me to be their strength and conditioning coach, I would certainly have to consider it. But I actually think some day down the road I would like to coach younger kids. I think the high school strength and conditioning side of things is going to grow tremendously. I know it changed my life forever, strength and conditioning in

high school. I think I can make a big impact on giving young kids confidence, teaching them the right way to exercise and setting them up for a life of strength and good health.” He doesn’t think that day is coming any time soon. “If you asked me while I was in graduate school I would probably say I wanted to be the head strength coach at Notre Dame University. But I’ve come to understand it’s really about the people you are working with. If you told me a couple of years ago that I was going to be in New Hampshire, I would have been like, What? Why would I ever want to go to New Hampshire? Now it’s hard for me to picture leaving because I work on a great team under Spencer who is one of the most amazing friends, colleagues and bosses I have ever had.”


Baseball, softball, heavyweight and, lightweight men’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s rugby The newest member of the Dartmouth strength and

conditioning staff, Cosgrove grew up on Long Island and earned a degree in applied exercise science at Springfield College with a minor in health studies. Cosgrove worked with 17 varsity teams as an intern at the University of Connecticut. She also did an internship at Gaglione Strength in Farmingdale, N.Y., working in resistance training programs. Before coming to Dartmouth she worked at the Professional Athletic Performance Center in Garden City, N.Y. She comes from an athletic background. “My mom was a basketball player and coached my CYO team. My dad was a baseball and basketball player at Pace University and my brother was a track runner who went to Fordham for it. It definitely runs in the family.” She concentrated on gymnastics growing up. “I did a bunch of sports before it all became too much because gymnastics was taking over. I competed in USA Gymnastics until I was maybe 16 or 17, and from 9th to 12th grade I did high school gymnastics at the same time. My favorite event was floor. I was more of a power gymnast than an artistic one. When I was younger my favorite gymnast was Carly Patterson. When I got older I was a big fan of Alicia Sacramone.” Although she was a gymnast in high school she did her first real lifting in college. “I didn’t have much experience with lifting in general coming from a bodyweight work background. I went to a very jock school so everybody went to the gym and I kind of picked it up through that, and then through classes. I did my first internship junior year at private powerlifting facilities which is where all my lifting really started to get going. I got into powerlifting and competed in powerlifting meets. It wasn’t my favorite thing, competing, but I like powerlifting in general, so I still trained that way. As a powerlifter.” Being a young coach with a gymnast’s build instead of an exfootball player’s body could be an advantage or a disadvantage in her current role. “It’s a little bit of both. I think women will take advice from me because they see, ‘Wow, she lifts but she’s not huge, so I am not afraid to be lifting heavy weights because she’s not bulky’. Guys are much different. I felt like sometimes I had to prove myself to them to show that I know what I am talking about. For baseball I used to lift right before they came in so they would see me finishing my lifts and see the stuff that I was giving them is stuff I had done before.” Her final stop before Dartmouth was at a private gym with a wide-ranging clientele. “It was a large facility that trains athletes in large groups but also does personal training with professional athletes, college athletes and younger kids, so it was a little bit of everything. We worked with a lot of baseball and hockey players from the Mets and Islanders. José Reyes is there regularly.” Prior to Dartmouth she thought she might one day want to own her own gym. “I thought that when I first started out, but I definitely want to stay at the college level now for sure. I think maybe, eventually, I would like to find one sport to work with instead of being all over the place with six different sports. I would want to travel with them and they would be my main focus.”




BOWLING GREEN ’13 Men’s lacrosse, women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s squash and golf, equestrian and assist with football Kulbis walked onto the football team at BGSU and played two years at defensive end while earning a degree in kinesiology and exercise science. He went on to get his masters in human health and performance at Austin Peay University. He spent seven months as a football only strength and conditioning intern at Ohio State before taking an internship

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at Dartmouth in January of 2016. In July of that year he was promoted to a full-time position. His introduction to training was a little unusual. “I started lifting when I was maybe 11 or 12, doing bodyweight stuff. I had one single dumbbell, a 15- or 20-pound dumbbell. It’s funny because I only trained my right arm. My left one was weak so I didn’t want to train it. So it started with a dumbbell and doing bodyweight stuff, using stuff like my book bag and pressing it overhead. Then my neighbor actually garbage picked me a bench. It was the most uncomfortable thing with just a tiny piece of padding over it. I started using that until I kind of maxed it out.” His high school offered community college classes that allowed him hit the ground running at BGSU. “Because I had my basics mostly out-of-the-way when I got there I was able to go pretty much right into my introduction to kinesiology classes. There was no doubt in my mind what I was going to study. Don’t get me wrong. I love football but I always loved training more. I love going into the weight room, getting big, getting stronger, getting faster and more flexible. I knew from a very early age that I craved the training more than the practice. The self-improvement. Seeing that firsthand.” Between college and graduate school he worked two months at Arby’s before moving on to a factory that made turbine blades for jets and huge electrical units. “It was a very tough job. I think I worked six weeks straight at one point. I started out on the line and got promoted pretty quickly to where I ran a whole room with this big robotic machine. Everything I worked with, all the chemicals, all the powders that we had to mix had warnings: May cause cancer. I had a chronic cough for about six months. My parents were like, Look, you’ve got to get a different job or you are going to have health issues.” His chances of ending up in grad school at Austin Peay were a lot better than at Xavier or Youngstown State for one very good reason. “Wikipedia has an alphabetical list of all the Division I colleges in America. I started with ‘A’ and told my mom the first place that offers me I am going to go for a grad assistantship. It was kind of egotistical for me to think I was going to get one with no experience except a couple of internship opportunities. That’s all the experience I had.” People in Hanover may not know his name but they recognize his face. At least the part of it visible behind the Duck Dynasty beard. “Being in my profession I can get away with it because the typical strength coach is bald with a beard. Hopefully, people can see beyond that and see the athletes that I have helped achieve their goals.” It has taken two years for the beard to reach its current length and while it might be an asset to a strength coach it might not win him a spot on The Bachelor. “I’m not sure how long I’ll keep it. I just had my brother’s wedding Labor Day weekend. I had a date for that and she didn’t mind. I am sure my mom would like me to get rid of it, but she doesn’t really voice her opinions and wouldn’t force anything on me.”


COLORADO STATE ’15 Men’s and women’s ice hockey, volleyball, women’s crew, men’s and women’s swimming and diving Strah came to Dartmouth from Sacred Heart University where one of his main responsibilities was working with the men’s and women’s ice hockey programs. He also served as a volunteer assistant at the University of Denver in his home state of Colorado, working with the powerhouse men’s lacrosse program and the Pioneers’ Elite Eight men’s ice hockey team. He earned a degree in Exercise Science from Colorado State University after beginning his studies at Framingham State in Massachusetts. He played ice hockey at both schools and figures he’s accumulated close to 200 stitches thanks to hockey. Like many ice hockey players, he left home to pursue his passion while still in high school. “I played junior hockey in Missoula, Montana my senior year of high school. I also took classes there until the season ended, and then I moved back home and finished at my high school in Colorado. So I was only back home for probably a couple of months at the end of the year. I spent the following year out there playing junior hockey.” The misdiagnosis of two herniated discs in his neck that left his arms essentially numb from the elbows down at the end of his freshman year at Framingham State would play a huge role in his career plans. “I literally rehabbed the wrong injury my whole sophomore year. That spring break I went home and got the right diagnosis and did some different treatment methods to get back on track. That’s what really sparked my passion for strength and conditioning. It got me back to being fully functional after everyone I had seen told me I should never even work out again.” Having played serious ice hockey helps him in his current role. “I can take players on the ice and condition them. Skating is such a unique skill and I think players appreciate that I am able to relate to them. When I work with them in season I know what kind of stress they are going through and what their bodies feel like. Hockey is such a unique sport and knowing how to interact with the players and how to interact with their culture is helpful.” He feels the strength and conditioning program at Dartmouth is a win-win for both the athletes and the strength staff. “I loved my time at Sacred Heart and became a better strength coach because of it, but our athletes there had to train

in the same facility as the rest of the student body. In that kind of situation it is nearly impossible as a strength coach to effectively plan, but because of that experience I feel like I could program anywhere now. When I came here it was like a dream come true because not only do we have all the technology that most schools don’t have but equipment that most schools can’t provide.” The most important resource Dartmouth strength and conditioning has is each other. “We are a very close-knit group who want to see each other do well. I think it helps you not only be better at your job but also to learn more and be a more effective coach when you know that you have a strong support system from the people you work with. It makes coming to work an enjoyable experience.”

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