Eric Hall Anderson '59 most remembers the Hobart College Air Force ROTC Football Marching Band, of which he was a member. His claim to fame? Never quite mastering the marching routines. “My parents were in the stands, and we were marching in single file. The whole band was supposed to make a 180-degree turn at the same moment. Everyone did except yours truly.”
William Smith Lacrosse Coach Pat Genovese recalls a lacrosse championship where the teams were so perfectly matched that there were 11 turnovers during the course of the game. As the action went back and forth, it was almost as if they were in, as she says, “The Zone. It was a beautiful thing to watch and remains one of my favorite memories.”
Dr. Roy Dexheimer ’55, an honorary trustee, speaks movingly of Joseph N. Abraham, the school’s athletic trainer. Abraham’s considerable skills took him to two Summer Olympics, 1968 and 1972, the 1980 Winter Games, and led to his induction into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. But to Dexheimer, Abraham was a friend and mentor that changed his life. “Great teachers have soul,” Dexheimer says. “Joe Abraham was a great teacher. He lived the notion that everyone deserved respect ... Little Joe taught me, by example, how to translate that knowledge into the life of a decent human being.”
A two sport athlete and current assistant football coach, Scott Yoder ’01 says that Hobart athletics changed the course of his life. “There is no doubt in my mind that being a student athlete at Hobart has enriched my life in ways I never thought possible. The teammates and friendships that were made on the athletic fields are some of the most cherished relationships I have. I cannot imagine where I would be today without my Hobart experience.”
Former Heron goalkeeper Colleen McDonough ’98 remembers the entire athletics experience fondly, saying “I benefited greatly from my experience in all the usual ways - I learned discipline, time management, teamwork, leadership, how to be a gracious winner and loser... It was a pleasant surprise when I realized that (nearly 15 years later!) I still benefit greatly from these skills and qualities in my daily life.”
Neil Silverstein, Ph.D. '82 fondly recalls Saturday morning rugby games on the Quad. Music blasting from a window in Medbery and dedicated fans lining the steps of Coxe Hall were all the ruggers needed to get going after a long night at the Oaks.
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