New Hampshire Football Report

McCorkle named Ivy Coach of the Year

HANOVER — Dartmouth’s Sammy McCorkle was selected by his peers as the Ivy League Coach of the Year after his first year at the helm of the Big Green, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Picked to finish sixth in the preseason media poll, Dartmouth was coming off a 3-7 season and a pair of tragedies in March — one a bicycle accident that ultimately led to the passing of long-time head coach Buddy Teevens in September; the other the death of Josh Balara following a lengthy battle with cancer.

McCorkle, who had spent 18 years on Teevens’ staff in Hanover, started out as the acting head coach during spring practice, became the interim head coach prior to the fall campaign and was elevated to the endowed position mid-season. In the face of all the swirling emotions, McCorkle was the Big Green’s rock, guiding the team to a share of the program’s 21st Ivy League title (most in conference history) with a 5-2 record in the Ancient Eight. He also became the 10th person in conference history to win the crown in his first year as a head football coach in the league.


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