History Department Chair
Head Crew Coach
B.A. Williams College 1986,
M.A.L.S. Dartmouth College 1994
I grew up in Rochester, NY and thus I am a Buffalo Bills football fan; I think my endurance and tolerance for pain flows from this part of my personal history. Growing up through high school I was a nerdy kid and found my identity through academic pursuits. That identity changed for me in college when I tried the sport of rowing and found out I could do well at it -- it was a simple formula of the harder I worked at it, the better I became, and so I kept striving. Immediately after college I began teaching at St. Andrew's School in Delaware, but I had a nagging feeling that I could continue to grow as an athlete, and so after one year of work I took the next 15 months off to pursue this dream. I lived in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Cincinnati to name a few places, working part time jobs, sleeping, eating, and rowing. I made it on to the 1987 U.S. Pan American Games team and the 1988 U.S. Olympic team. Rowing has been an essential part of my adult life, and I now love coaching and mentoring young athletes who are discovering that part of themselves.
The nerd in me is still there too, and I enjoy reading, games, puzzles, and talking about issues and ideas. Teaching history, seeing connections between the past and the present, and helping young people learn about distant places and long ago times is always exciting. Being a teacher and a coach allows me to engage with both elements of my identity and thus is deeply fulfilling.
I returned to St. Andrew's after the Olympics, met a beautiful woman, fell in love, married, and we raised a family of two boys who have both now launched into the world. After thirty years in one place, we decided it was the right time to make a change and seek out new challenges. My wife is an Episcopal priest and a family and couple therapist, and she will be working with a local church and counseling center. I am so excited about starting work at Dublin and getting to know this great community.
What book has made you think the most? Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Lowen and Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts by Sam Weinberg. These two books changed the way I approach my teaching.
What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Throughout my life I had many exceptional teachers who were dedicated not only to their subject matter, but also to their students. They had such a profound impact on my life that I decided that I needed to give back and work with young people myself.
How would your friends describe you in three words? Thoughtful, strong, and loyal.
What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? I took a course in my graduate program on the intellectual history of early America, and I began to see connections between what I had already studied about this time in history and the ideas that moved people to action. It opened a door for me to see how influential ideas can be in shaping the world.
I am most happy when... I'm with my family, cooking a meal and hanging out in the kitchen. I also like eating!
What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love hiking and road cycling. The area around Dublin has so many opportunities for outdoor exploration, and the views from high ridges or from the winding back roads are soul enriching.