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College Roundup: Big Green Football Makes History With Female Coach

  • Dartmouth football offensive quality control coach Callie Brownson. (Dartmouth College photograph)



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Hanover— Callie Brownson was named as offensive quality control coach for the Dartmouth College football team, making her the first known full-time female football coach at the Division I level.

“Callie is as good as anyone I’ve ever had in terms of her skill set, preparedness, attention to detail and passion,” Big Green coach Buddy Teevens said in a news release. “Players came up to me after a few days of preseason wondering if I would consider hiring her. She is a forward-thinking individual, very broad-minded. We had an opening, the preseason was kind of like a tryout and she excelled — on and off the field — every day.”

Brownson originally came to Teevens’ attention at the Manning Passing Academy, where she served as one of the 16 female coaches for the first women’s clinic held at the camp.

In that short period of time, she made a strong impression on Teevens, so much so that he invited her along with Chenell “Soho” Tillman-Brooks to come to Hanover for a two-week internship during the preseason.

The idea was to have them take part in all of the team activities, from meetings on the recruiting process, strength and conditioning, practice and game planning, and film evaluation, as well as staff meetings and personnel discussions to learn the ins and outs of being a collegiate coach while also exposing them to the technology and safety regimen the Big Green utilize.

Brownson, a native of Alexandria, Va., played for the D.C. Divas of the Women’s Football Alliance from 2010-17. She was a five-time team captain and four-time All-American as a free safety and a running back, helping the Divas win national titles in 2015 and ’16.

Brownson is also a two-time gold mer coaching background extends to the high school level as she spent three autumns with Mount Vernon (Va.) High, where she went to school, as an assistant coach, and last summer was a college/professional personnel scouting intern with the New York Jets.

During her internship with the Jets, she helped evaluate current college upperclassmen that could potentially enter the draft, broke down film and set up workout drills for free agent tryouts, among many other duties. At Mount Vernon High, she created daily practice itineraries, built scouting reports and led film study and breakdown sessions for schematic assessments. Brownson earned her bachelor’s degree in sport management from George Mason University in 2015.

“I am extremely grateful to Coach Teevens and the Dartmouth football program for this opportunity to join the staff this season,” Brownson said in the news release. “The preseason alone has been an incredible experience, but now I look forward to learning and growing in the game of football with this great group of coaches and players throughout the year.”

As the offensive quality control coach, Brownson will not be able to instruct the athletes on the field, but she will have a presence on the field during practices. She will support and help organize drills, provide offensive and defensive looks to give context, and offer feedback to the staff.

Women’s Rugby

Big Green Ranked No. 1

Hanover — Following a huge win over defending national champion Quinnipiac on Saturday, the Dartmouth is ranked No. 1 in the most recent NIRA rankings.

Harvard, which also has a 2-0 mark, is sitting in second. The Crimson also defeated the Bobcats, who slipped to third on the list. The top five is rounded out by Army (No. 4) and AIC (No. 5).

The Big Green will host No. 9 Brown at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Men’s Soccer

Dartmouth 2, BU 2 (2 ot)

Hanover — Boston University scored two goals in the final 11 minutes of regulation as the Terriers (1-2-2) tied Dartmouth (0-3-1) in the Big Green’s home opener.

Sophomore Tiger Graham scored two goals for Dartmouth, which led, 2-0 early in the second half before BU knotted the game on a Kari Petursson goal in the 79th minute and an own goal in the 87th minute. Each team received two yellow cards in overtime.

Dartmouth was outshot by BU, 18-14, and both teams finished with six shots on goal. BU had two corner kicks compared with zero for Dartmouth.

Dartmouth greets New Hampshire on Saturday night in a rematch of last year’s NCAA Tournament second round game, which UNH won on penalty kicks.

Colby-Sawyer 5, Suffolk 1

New London — Colby-Sawyer senior Kevin Tracy scored 37 seconds into the match and the Chargers (2-3 overall, 2-0 GNAC) never looked back in a victory over Suffolk (1-4, 1-1).

Ryan Kresco scored two goals for Colby-Sawyer, while Ethan Sweet and Mason Galbato added one apiece.

Freshman Lucas Boetsch made five saves in his first collegiate action in net for the Chargers.