Three alumni and their families have made gifts totaling $5 million to endow three head coaching positions at the College.
With these three gifts—supporting men’s soccer, women’s tennis, and men’s Nordic skiing—Dartmouth is $3.5 million away from its goal to raise $20 million in permanently endowed coaching positions to increase the school’s ability to attract and keep the best coaches and athletes in the Ivy League.
The new gifts will endow head coaching positions in women’s tennis, men’s Nordic skiing, and men’s soccer.
The three gifts, one of them from an alumnus who has chosen to remain anonymous, come from longtime supporters of the school:
- Gregg Lemkau ’91 and his wife, Kate, have established the Bobby Clark Head Coach of Men’s Soccer position—named in honor of one of Dartmouth’s most storied and successful soccer coaches—through a $2 million endowment.
- Russell Boss ’61 and his wife, Marjorie, have created the Marjorie and Russell Boss 1961 Family Head Coach of Women’s Tennis position through a gift of $1.5 million.
- The anonymous donor has endowed the head coaching position of the men’s Nordic ski team with a $1.5 million gift.
The generosity of these donors supports the goal of President Phil Hanlon ’77 to educate students to be leaders who possess the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and perseverance to take on many of the world’s great challenges.
“These extraordinary alumni donors and their families deeply appreciate how athletic competition develops our students’ leadership skills and how coaches, who are teachers and mentors to our students on and off the field, can have a tremendously positive effect on their lives,” says President Hanlon. “On behalf of the Dartmouth community, I want to thank these alumni and their families for investing in our students, our coaches, and the entire Athletics program, which plays such a vital role in building community at our College.”
Athletics Director Harry Sheehy says endowed coaching positions make Dartmouth more competitive with its peers and help the College recruit and retain outstanding coaches and student-athletes.
“Gifts such as these are powerful, both symbolically and practically,” says Sheehy. “First, it’s an unbelievable show of faith in what we’re doing here, and that’s a real morale booster. Second, the income that spins back to us is a difference maker. My athletic budget is approximately $23 million, with more than a third of that coming from endowed funds and annual giving. From a competitive standpoint, endowed funds are critically important.”
In addition, naming an endowed coaching position in honor of a former coach is a powerful way to recognize individuals who helped transform the lives of many Dartmouth students. Just recently, John F. Lundgren ’73 renamed the endowed men’s golf coach’s position in honor of the late Bill Johnson, who coached the Dartmouth men’s golf team for 34 years.
About the Donors
Lemkau is co-head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions for Goldman Sachs. Prior to his current role, he headed Mergers & Acquisitions for EMEA and Asia-Pacific; co-headed the Technology, Media and Telecom Group; and was chief operating officer of the Investment Banking Division. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1994, was named a managing director in 2001, and became a partner in 2002. Lemkau serves on the board of directors for Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit organization that uses soccer to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS in Africa.
Lemkau played Big Green soccer during the tenure of the Scottish-born Bobby Clark, who appeared in more than 400 games for Aberdeen F.C. before coming to the U.S. Clark coached at Dartmouth from 1985 to 1993, leading the team to three Ivy League titles and four consecutive seasons ranked in the top 10 nationally. He left Dartmouth to coach the New Zealand national team, and for the past 14 years he has coached the men’s team at Notre Dame, winning a national championship in 2013. His son, Tommy Clark ’92 Med ’01, founded Grassroot Soccer.
Boss is chairman emeritus of the Rhode Island-based A.T. Cross Company. Over the course of more than five decades, he has held several positions with the prestigious pen and watch manufacturer, including executive vice president, president, chief executive officer, and chairman. He and his wife were the lead donors of the Alexis Boss Tennis Center, named in memory of their daughter Alexis Boss ’93, a five-time All-Ivy tennis player at Dartmouth.
A member of the Dartmouth sailing team as an undergraduate, Boss is president of the Narragansett Bay Yachting Association and vice chairman of the board at Rhode Island Hospital. He has served as a director of the National Tennis Foundation and Hall of Fame, president of the Rocky Hill School and treasurer of the Moses Brown School. Marjorie Boss was chair of the board of trustees at the Lincoln School in Providence and serves as trustee of the Russell A. Boss Family Foundation.
All three teams supported by these new endowments will be able to use their funds to build on recent success:
- The Dartmouth men’s soccer team recorded an outstanding season in 2014, capturing a share of the Ivy League championship, advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament, and ending the season ranked in the top 25 nationally.
- The women’s tennis team this year—for the first time in program history—qualified for the NCAA Division I tennis championship.
- The Dartmouth ski team finished sixth at the national championships. Patrick Caldwell ’17—who won the NCAA individual championship in the 10-kilometer freestyle—was named Men’s Nordic Skier of the Year by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association.
As part of its current push to raise $20 million in endowed coaching positions, Dartmouth has now raised $16.5 million. Ten other coaching positions at Dartmouth are already endowed:
- The Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach (funded by a gift from Hank Paulson ’68, in honor of the legendary football coach)
- The Marjorie and Herbert Chase 1930 Head Coach of Men’s Track and Field
- The Marjorie and Herbert Chase 1930 Head Coach of Women’s Track and Field
- The Digger Donahue 1973 Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Squash
- The Betsy and Mark Gates 1959 Head Coach of Men’s Heavyweight Crew
- The Anny Jenny Head Coach of Women’s Alpine Skiing (made possible by Anny’s grandson Christopher Jenny ’77, his wife, Andi, and their children Alex ’10, Chris ’12, Lauren ’14, and Elizabeth)
- The Koenig Family Head Coach of Men’s Hockey
- The Bill Johnson Head Coach of Men’s Golf
- The Carolyn A. Pelzel 1954a Head Coach of Women’s Golf (endowed by a gift from Kathryn and Richard Kimball ’78)
- An anonymous donor provided an endowment for the head coach of women’s rowing
In addition, the Holekamp Family Coach of Strength and Conditioning was endowed by a gift from Kerry and William Holekamp ’70.
Dartmouth offers 34 varsity sports—soon to be 35 with the addition of women’s rugby. More than 1,000 undergraduates participate in nearly 700 intercollegiate contests each year, and more than 75 percent of all Dartmouth students are involved in a sport or fitness activity.