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Graupe Back in College Coaching

Mark Graupe served as Dartmouth College's interim men's basketball coach during the 2009-10 season. (Dartmouth Sports Information photo)

Mark Graupe served as Dartmouth College's interim men's basketball coach during the 2009-10 season. (Dartmouth Sports Information photo)

Mark Graupe, who became the interim Dartmouth College men’s basketball coach during the 2009-10 season, is back behind the bench, guiding NAIA member Dickinson (N.D.) State University women’s team. The North Dakota native took the gig in September, also on an interim basis, after predecessor Caleb Harrison, a New Zealand native, resigned in September following one year on the job. Harrison’s visa expired and he was unable to get it renewed in time to remain at DSU for his second season.

Graupe had returned home to teach junior college math when he wasn’t hired to coach full time at Dartmouth after his lone campaign in Hanover. Paul Cormier, now in his fourth season, got the job instead and declined to hire Graupe as one of his assistants.

Graupe has not only had just a few weeks to get acquainted with the DSU program, he’s had to cope with a roster still grieving the loss of former Blue Hawks starter Janae Moore, who died in a one-car crash in Montana during July. The Montana Highway Patrol ruled that speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash and that Moore had been wearing her seat belt. She was an all-conference player and an academic standout.