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Letter: A Great Coach and Teacher

To the Editor:

It is hard for me to understand how a coach who has won several Ivy League titles and who has proven herself to be one of the best could be let go after only four losing seasons, especially when those four years followed four Ivy League titles. That is way above the average and the expectation of any sport. Have we lost sight of why people choose to go to an Ivy League school when they could get full scholarships at another less academically prestigious Division 1 school?

Why are we here? We are here because students want to learn. It could be said that we learn from our losses. Whoever became a better person by winning all the time? Chris Wielgus was more than a coach; she was a teacher. And she was the best basketball coach, and maybe the best coach, except for me, of course, that Dartmouth ever had. She was a teacher and a coach, the ultimate for an Ivy League college.

I wish her the best. Perhaps Dartmouth Athletic Director Harry Sheehy did her a favor by letting her go. She may now get a life back.

Agnes Kurtz

Former Dartmouth Associate Athletic Director

Hanover

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Hanover — Dartmouth College women’s basketball coach Chris Wielgus resigned yesterday, ending a 30-year career in the collegiate ranks after four consecutive losing seasons. A suburban New York native who was one of the first half-dozen women hired by Dartmouth’s athletic department, Wielgus led the Big Green to 12 Ivy League titles and 393 victories during 28 years, broken into …