Dartmouth roundup: Softball, track assistants added

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Published: 8/18/2021 9:24:34 PM
Modified: 8/18/2021 9:24:39 PM

HANOVER — Dartmouth College softball has hired Sydney Benz as an assistant coach, rounding out its staff for the coming season.

Benz spent the last two season as a volunteer assistant at East Carolina University. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2018 after playing for the Razorbacks for three seasons. She began her collegiate career at the University of Louisville.

In Dartmouth’s news release last week, head softball coach Jen Williams said she’s excited about Benz joining the Big Green.

“She’s a great fit for our team and will be an asset to the staff,” Williams said in the release. “We look forward to having her work with our infielders and know she will share her experience and growth with all of our players.”

The Big Green went 13-27 in 2019, its last full season. Dartmouth played five games and one scrimmage last spring after the Ivy League loosened COVID-19 restrictions, going 4-2.

CROSS COUNTRY Dobson adds to staff

HANOVER — Dartmouth director of track and field and cross country Porscha Dobson has added Kendra Foley to her staff.

Foley will serve as women’s cross country head coach and assistant coach for distance and mid-distance with track and field.

Foley comes to Hanover after three seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Notre Dame for mid-distance and distance. A 2017 alum of Grand Valley State, she spent one year as a volunteer assistant at GVSU. She was a 17-time All-American at Grand Valley State, winning two NCAA cross country individual championships and one NCAA outdoor track and field championship. She qualified for the 2020 Olympic marathon trials.

“Kendra is one of the best young distance coaches in the country, and I’m thrilled we get to welcome her as our women’s cross country head coach,” Dobson said in Dartmouth’s release. “Coach Foley is a talented recruiter and has proven the ability to develop athletes to the highest level in the NCAA. Her enthusiasm and competitive attitude will have an immediate impact with our team and coaching staff.”

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