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Alumni endowments bolster Dartmouth sports

Union Leader Correspondent

April 29. 2014 7:41PM

HANOVER — A group of Dartmouth College alumni has committed $7 million to endow head coaching positions in the college’s varsity athletics programs.

In an announcement Monday, the college said that with the additional commitments, Dartmouth has been able to raise $11.5 million toward a $20 million goal to increase the competitiveness of its varsity teams.

With the new endowments, Dartmouth will have 10 endowed coaches, with 20 head coaching positions left to endow.

“These extraordinary alumni donors and their families know that coaches are the backbone of Dartmouth’s varsity program, critical to its competitive success as well as the strong athletic community that supports student-athletes on and off the field,” Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon said. “We are profoundly grateful for their leadership in committing so generously to our coaches and our teams.”

The endowments are going to four athletic departments — the head coach of men’s hockey, head coach of men’s heavyweight rowing, head coach of women’s rowing and head coach of women’s alpine skiing.

The Koenig family, including 1980 Dartmouth graduate Brad Koenig, his wife, Lauren Koenig, and their children, Austin Koenig, a 2013 Dartmouth graduate, and Kyle and Jessica Koenig, will endow the head coach of men’s hockey.

Brad Koenig is the inaugural chairman of Dartmouth’s Athletics Advisory Board, created in 2011 to lead an initiative to strengthen all areas of Dartmouth athletics, including coaching, facilities, training, injury prevention and academic support.

“Our mission is to help Dartmouth’s athletic programs be the best in the Ivy League, and even the country. Coaches have had a profound impact in our own lives. We’re proud to support the coaches who are helping Dartmouth’s students perform at their best, day in and day out,” Koenig said in the announcement.

Mark Gates, a 1959 Dartmouth graduate, and his wife, Betsy Gates, will endow the head coach of men’s heavyweight rowing.

The Jenny family, including 1977 Dartmouth graduate Chris Jenny, his wife, Andi Jenny, and their children, 2010 graduate Alex Jenny, 2012 graduate Chris Jenny, 2014 graduate Lauren Jenny and Elizabeth Jenny, will endow the head coach of women’s alpine skiing.

An anonymous donor will endow the head coach of women’s rowing.

“At its core, great coaching is simply great teaching,” Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy said. “Dartmouth coaches serve as leaders and mentors who, through the vehicle of athletics, teach life lessons that are transformational to students who are passionate about their sports and about learning through experience. These new coaching endowments will increase Dartmouth’s ability to attract and retain the best coaching talent, which will bolster the competitiveness of our teams. It’s a wonderful vote of confidence from some of the Big Green’s biggest fans.”

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