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August 3, 2010

Harry Sheehy to Lead Dartmouth Athletics

Courtesy of Dartmouth Athletic Communications

HANOVER, N.H. -- Harry Sheehy, a highly regarded administrator and former coach who has led Williams College to 17 Division III national team championships during his 10 years as the College's Chair and Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, has been named Dartmouth's Director of Athletics and Recreation, effective September 7, 2010. Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim and Acting Dean of the College Sylvia Spears announced Sheehy's appointment today.

Sheehy will oversee 34 Division I varsity sports at Dartmouth - 16 men's, 16 women's and two coed - as well as 34 club sports and an extensive intramural program. Three-fourths of undergraduates participate in organized sports at Dartmouth. The athletics department also includes physical education courses, the Fitness and Lifestyle Improvement Program (FLIP), and recreational activities serving about 1,500 individuals a day.

"I am delighted that Harry Sheehy is joining the Dartmouth community," said President Kim. "He has enjoyed tremendous success as a coach and administrator at Williams, and has clearly demonstrated that an elite academic institution can achieve sustained athletic excellence across the board. Harry and I also share the belief that what students can learn from physical activity and sports goes hand-in-glove with what our faculty teach in the classroom. I know Harry's insights and expertise will benefit our varsity, club sport, and recreational athletes. Dean Spears and I look forward to supporting him in our shared goals of taking Dartmouth athletics to new heights, and to making physical fitness an important part of everyone's experience here at Dartmouth College."

"I want to personally thank President Kim, Dean Spears, and the search committee for making this opportunity a reality," Sheehy said. "I'm excited about working at Dartmouth, a school that combines one of the country's premier undergraduate-focused educations with a storied history of Division I athletics. I look forward to continuing Dartmouth's tradition of excellence, both on and off the field of competition, and to working with Dartmouth's student-athletes, President Kim, Dean Spears, and the College's administrators."

Sheehy will report directly to the President, with a secondary report to the Dean of the College, restoring a historical relationship that is consistent with several of Dartmouth's peer institutions. The President will oversee issues related to administration and athletic compliance, while activities related to student issues and concerns, leadership development, and academic support will reside within the Dean of the College division. The Athletics Department staff will remain part of the Dean of the College's student affairs staff, and scholar-athletes will continue to have access to all of the services provided by Dean of the College division.

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