Dartmouth roundup: Women’s lacrosse coach endowed in Harper’s name

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Published: 11/19/2020 2:39:37 AM
Modified: 11/19/2020 2:39:29 AM

HANOVER — Thanks to two alumnae donors, Dartmouth College has endowed the coaching position of its women’s lacrosse team. The endowment, announced in a Wednesday news release, will be named after former Big Green women’s lacrosse coach Josie Harper, who was also the first female athletic director in Ivy League history.

The two anonymous donors each gave $1 million and played for the women’s lacrosse program.

Harper served as the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse coach from 1981-92, compiling an 86-69 record and a 37-28 mark in the Ancient Eight.

The Big Green earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 1983 and also won the program’s first Ivy League championships in 1986 and 1987.

In 1987, Harper took on the role of assistant director of athletics while still coaching her team. After stepping down as coach in 1992, she was named the senior associate director of athletics in 1999. Three years later, she was elevated to director of athletics and recreation.

“Dartmouth opened many doors for me,” Harper said in the news release. “The people who came through those doors impacted my life in too many ways to explain.”

Big Green tops graduation success rate list

HANOVER — Dartmouth finished tied first in the nation with a 99% graduation success rate for student-athletes who began their college careers in 2013, the college said in a news release Tuesday. It’s the sixth time Dartmouth has earned the top slot in the 10 years that the Ivy League has been included in GSR data collection.

The NCAA also announced academic progress rates, which measures the academic performance and retention of each team. The Big Green was third in the nation in APR, giving the college a top-three ranking for the 15th consecutive year.

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