Sept. 24, 1924 – Thomas J. Dent named coach at Dartmouth College
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Tommy Dent was a captain in the Black Watch Regiment that was gassed during World War I, and had moved to Hanover, N.H., as part of his recovery. Dent compiled a 143W-111L-22D record from 1924 to ’59 and also coached the Big Green lacrosse team. Dent was chairman of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission.
Bobby Clark, another Scot, had coaching success at Dartmouth from 1985-93. Clark, whose son, Jamie, coached Harvard from 2008-09, was a goalkeeper for the Scotland national team and starred for Queen’s Park, Aberdeen and in the North American Soccer League. Before Dartmouth, Clark guided Bulawayo Highlanders in Zimbabwe and has gone on to coach the New Zealand national team, Stanford and Notre Dame.
Both Dent and Clark guided players who went on to bigger things. Nelson A. Rockefeller played for Dartmouth from 1928-30, Andrew Shue for the Big Green in the late ‘80s.
Oct. 26, 1928 – Harvard 1:2 Dartmouth at Soldiers Field
From The Boston Globe: “With Nelson Rockefeller, son of John D. Rockefeller Jr., a sophomore at Dartmouth, playing his first year of soccer, cast in a stellar role, the Dartmouth varsity soccer team yesterday afternoon defeated Harvard on Soldiers Field, 2 to 1, in a closely fought match.” Schmetz opened the scoring, a Starke own goal equalized for Harvard, then Schmetz broke the deadlock “in the final period, making a snappy dash down the field.” Rockefeller is listed at right back. Game played in four 22-minute periods. Harvard’s Vogel credited with a goal in the box score. Leonard S. Schmitz is listed as Dartmouth’s leading scorer with two goals in 7 games during the 1928 season.
Sept. 17, 1988 – Dartmouth 3:1 Penn
Andy Shue scored two goals in the Big Green opener, according to the Globe. The team had dedicated the season to Shue’s brother, Will, who had played for Dartmouth in the early ‘80s and died in a swimming accident on Block Island in August, 1988. Shue totaled eight goals in 53 matches in a four-year career.
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