Local Roundup: Big Green Hires Rowing Coach
Hanover — Wyatt Allen was named the new head coach of the Dartmouth College men’s heavyweight crew, Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy announced on Tuesday.
A 2001 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was a captain and four-year member of the men’s rowing team, Allen also represented the United States at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympic Games. He won gold at the 2004 Athens Games, setting a world record in the process, before adding a bronze medal with the U.S. eight in Beijing four years later.
A nine-time national team member, Allen was named U.S. Rowing’s 2007 Male Athlete of the Year, an honor he had also shared in 2004. His achievements have also earned him induction into the halls of fame with the National Rowing Foundation and New York Athletic Club.
“Wyatt began rowing after he enrolled at Virginia and quickly rose to an elite level through his tireless work ethic, toughness, and passion for the sport,” Sheehy said in a news release. “He knows what it takes to achieve success and has a personal style that will engage and motivate our student-athletes.”
In addition to an outstanding career as a rower, Allen brings with him successful coaching experience both on the national and collegiate level.
Most recently, he served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Rowing Under-23 National Team in Oakland, Calif., this summer and competed successfully at the World Championships in Verese, Italy last week. His time in the Bay Area began in 2009 when he began a three-season stint as the freshman coach and recruiting coordinator for the men’s program at California. While at Berkeley, Allen led the freshmen eight to an undefeated 2011 season that included a victory in the Temple Challenge Cup at the Royal Henley Regatta in England, as well as the IRA National Championship. The previous season, Allen was an assistant as the varsity eight won the 2010 IRA National Championship.
Allen began his coaching career with the University of Washington in 2008, spending one season with the Huskies before accepting the position at Cal the following summer. While in Seattle, he helped lead the program to a historic three-boat sweep at the 2009 IRA Regatta and a team national championship.
Hartford Grad Toland Tied for Third
Augusta, Maine — Hartford High and University of Charlotte graduate Joe Toland produced the best finish in his short professional golf career on Tuesday. And he only had to work half as hard as he’d thought at the start of the week.
Toland shot a 5-under-par 65 to claim a share of third place at the rain-shortened Charlie’s Maine Open at Augusta Country Club.
A Lebanon resident, Toland finished three strokes behind winner Andrew Mason, whose 8-under 62 was good enough for a two-shot victory.
The tournament had been set for 36 holes. Rain, thunder, lightning and eventually standing water on several holes on Monday forced Maine State Golf Association officials to wipe out what few rounds were completed and start everyone from scratch on Tuesday.
Complicating matters was the fact that the Open couldn’t have gone past Tuesday.
The New Hampshire Open begins today, as does at least one other regional tournament to which some of the Maine Open’s competitors were committed.
Starting at 10, Toland made the turn at 1 under par and shot toward the top of the leaderboard a 4-under 31 on Augusta’s front nine. Toland’s run included consecutive birdies on 5, 6 and 7 to reach 5 under for the day.
Mark Purrington took second at 64. Toland shared third-place money with Jeb Buchanan, Eric Egloff and Bryan Bigley.
Former Lebanon High golfer and one-time Lake Morey Country Club assistant pro Pat Pelletier carded a 2-under 68 to tie for 15th place with four others. Both Toland and Pelletier are in the field at the New Hampshire Open, a 36-hole championship set for Owl’s Nest Golf Club in Campton.
Touchline IV 3, Chunnum 2
Norwich — A.J. Barre scored twice in the first half as Touchline defeated Hollis-based Chunnum in the New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division IV quarterfinals.
Noah Kahan added a second-half goal for Touchline, which led throughout the game. Asa Berolzheimer and Tim Alibozek had assists.
Touchline keeper Connor Edson made seven saves behind the strong play of defenders Sam Carey and Colby Richardson and midfielders Tomas LaPorta and Ian Caldwell.
Touchline advanced to Saturday’s semifinals in Henniker, N.H., where it will face the winner of today’s game between CRFC and White Mountains.