Dartmouth Names New Soccer Coach
Hanover — Ron Rainey was named Dartmouth College’s new women’s soccer coach, Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy announced Tuesday.
Rainey spent the last eight seasons at the helm of the women’s soccer team at the University of Iowa. This past fall he guided the Hawkeyes to their third straight season of double-digit victories and claimed an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the first invitation ever for Iowa to the NCAAs.
“We have hired a gem in Ron Rainey to lead our women’s soccer program,” Sheehy said in a news release. “He has consistently improved every team he has coached, did some truly outstanding work at Iowa and will build upon the recent successes of our team here at Dartmouth. The athletics department and college as a whole are excited to have Ron, his wife Margaret and three children join our family here in Hanover.”
During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, Rainey steadily improved the team, winning 15 games last fall and advancing to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament. In 2006, he inherited a team that had won a total of nine games over the previous three seasons. During his first three campaigns, Iowa won 23 games.
Rainey is the all-time winningest coach in Iowa women’s soccer history, amassing a record of 80-67-17 during his tenure. His teams featured 34 academic all-Big Ten honorees, five Big Ten tournament appearances and five Big Ten all-freshman team members.
“I want to thank Harry Sheehy, (Senior Associate Director of Athletics) Megan Sobel and all the wonderful people I met on my visit to Hanover,” Rainey said in a news release. “I was totally impressed with how the department spoke in one language to give the student-athletes the best opportunity to succeed on-and-off the field. It’s exciting and humbling to be the next women’s soccer coach at Dartmouth.”
From 1999-2005, Rainey served as the first head coach at Ball State, posting a 70-52-17 mark. At Towson (1996), he propelled the Tigers to the America East title in his only season.
Rainey graduated from Wilkes University in 1992 with degrees in mathematics and English. He received his master’s degree in education from Trenton State (now The College of New Jersey) in 1994.
Dartmouth Junior Honored
Hanover — Dartmouth junior second baseman Thomas Roulis was named Ivy League player of the week.
Roulis went 10-for-26 (.385) in six games last week with a double, triple, five runs and five RBIs.
Dartmouth (10-17, 5-7 Ivy) was rained out on Tuesday against UMass Lowell, but will play four key Ivy League games on the road this weekend at Brown (8-17, 2-10 Ivy) in an attempt to gain ground on Rolfe Division-leading Yale, which leads the Big Green by a single game in the standings. The Bulldogs (13-18, 6-6 Ivy) play host to Harvard (8-20, 3-7 Ivy) for four games on Saturday and Sunday.
Lee Ties for Fourth
East Providence, r.i. — Dartmouth junior Jane Lee followed up an opening-round 80 with a 7-under-par 78 — the third-lowest score of the final round — to finish in a tie for fourth at the Brown Bear Invitational at the Metacomet Country Club on Monday.
Harvard’s Tiffany Lim won the individual medal with rounds of 73-79—152. The Crimson also won the team title in the 12-school event with a two-round 628, beating runner-up Boston University by 20 strokes. Dartmouth took sixth at 677.
Big Green senior Sarah Knapp tied for 15th at 164. Freshman teammate Tara Simmons shared 37th place at 173.
Abu in All-Star Game
Meriden — Kimball Union Academy basketball senior Malik Abu will play in the Jordan Brand Classic, a top national high school all-star game, on Friday at the Barclays Center in New York, according to a school news release.
The appearance will cap Abu’s career at KUA, which included 1,284 career points and selection as the NEPSAC Class AA player of the year this season. Abu also made the all-NEPSAC first team for his division in leading the Wildcats to the New England finals, where they dropped a 78-70 decision to Cushing on March 2. The Classic is a three-game showcase; Abu will play in the Regional contest, which features top prep players from the New York City area.
Abu has committed to playing and studying at North Carolina State this fall.
New NHIAA Head Named
Jeff Collins, principal at Portsmouth High School, was selected as the next executive director of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association, President Scott Fitzgerald announced in a news release on Tuesday.
Collins will replace Patrick Corbin who will retire on June 30.
Collins has been principal at Portsmouth since 2006. He serves on the NHIAA’s executive council, is the chair of the golf committee and is a member of the football committee. Collins is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he was a four-year member of the football team, and he received his masters in secondary education from UNH.
All-Star Games in Summer
Hanover — The Hanover Lions “Byrne Cup” Twin State All-Star Lacrosse Games will be played on June 21 at Hanover High School. The 19th annual girls game will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the 22ns annual boys game will begin at 3.
All participants are graduated/graduating high school seniors chosen by their respective coaches’ associations as outstanding players from their respective states of Vermont and New Hampshire.
The Games are sponsored by the Hanover Lions Club, and all net proceeds will go toward funding charities and programs the Lions support.