Jiggity Jogging wrote:
You sir, are an idiot. That was his first year at a program which wasn't established. You clearly have no clue how good programs are developed. It takes time. His work at Stevens, where he coached for 6 years is what you should be looking at. He accomplished very big things at the D3 level (try reading Dartmouth's write up for yourself sometime). I'm guessing you were one of the folks who didn't get the job and are just pissed. Either that, or you are just dumb and chiming in. You pick.
He is not being hired to "develop" a good program...some will disparage the Ivy League on here, but it is a very high level of competition in the middle and long distances. The expectation is to lead a men's distance program that is relevant at the Ivy League/National level.
The reason eyebrows are raised is that this is a fairly high profile position that many felt would truly be open to the best candidate. Obviously Dartmouth and Dobson feel that have their guy, but you can not blame people for doubting an unknown entity, who has had limited DIII success. The Ivy League descending order list is substantially more competitive than the DIII qualifying list. I read the bio, he's probably a good coach, but like a few others I have my doubt as to his ability get the job done at Dartmouth.