N.H. News Roundup: Dartmouth loses legenday hoops coach, was this winter too snowy?
Darmouth Womens' basketball Head Coach Chirs Wielgus center holds a piece of the net, as her assistant coaches, Courtney Banghart, left and Chris Leazier hold the ladder, after their team defeated Princeton 68-43 in New Haven, Conn., Sunday,March 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey)
Dartmouth head coach Chris Wielgus gestures as she talks to her team during second half action of their first round NCAA Tournament game against Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. Sunday afternoon March 20, 2005. Connecticut defeated Dartmouth 95-47. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
I’m a huge sports nut, especially when it comes to basketball. That’s why it’s always a sad day when a coach leaves a program after nearly 30 years running the show – no matter what league the team is playing in.
That’s exactly what happened yesterday when Dartmouth women’s coach Chris Wielgus announced her resignation after 28 seasons as head coach of the Big Green.
She had a 393-342 (.535 mark) overall record, and she boasted 227-122 record in the Ivy league.
She is the winningest basketball coach in Dartmouth history. For men and women.
She also won 12 Ivy League championships.
Wielgus is also leaving the program in much better shape than when she found it.
These aren’t signs of a good coach. These are signs of a great coach. Wielgus’s teams struggled recently (four consecutive losing seasons and a loss to Columbia to end the season), but that shouldn’t diminish what she gave Dartmouth. She should be remembered as a winner and a coach who brought success to – and became the face of – a program.
Don Mahler, sports editor at the Valley News, wrote a piece on Wielgus’s legacy and how she should be remembered.
In other news:
∎ Former N.H. Poet Laureate Donald Hall gave an in depth interview with the Paris Review – “Everything important always begins from something trivial.”
∎ If you think this winter was too snowy, it was actually supposed to be considered usual.
∎ New Hampshire’s Northern Rail Trail is Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s trail of the month
∎ Proctor Academy’s boys’ lacrosse team is in Florida this week. Members are writing journal posts about their trip.
∎ UNH Law School jumped 23 spots and is now 119th in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 rankings.
∎ Want to look fly this prom season? Portsmouth High will have a prom fashion show tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m.