This past week history was made at one of this country’s most prestigious colleges. Schools in the Ivy League are no strangers to making history, however it is not frequently due to athletics. That changed on Tuesday, September 11th, when Dartmouth College hired the first full time female football coach in Division 1 history.
The hiring of Callie Brownson was announced on Tuesday, September 11th, on the Dartmouth Football twitter account. Brownson will work as an “offensive quality control coach” and was with the team during the preseason before her promotion to a full time position. According to Dartmouth’s website, Brownson played in a women’s football league for seven seasons and won two championships. She also served as a part time scout for the New York Jets during last off season.
In a video produced by Dartmouth about the new staff, Head Coach, Buddy Teevens, stated, “Callie is a coach who happens to be a female as opposed to a woman who is trying to coach. That distinction became very apparent to my players and coaches. We’ve hired a coach who will better our football program.”
The interview with Teevens revealed that Brownson has expressed an interest to coach football at both the college and professional levels. Brownson thanked the team for helping make her a better coach, prior to the announcement that she would be hired to a full time position. Following the announcement, the response from the team was very supportive as she received a standing ovation and handshakes from the players.
According to the Dartmouth website, “As the offensive quality control coach, Brownson will not be able to instruct the student-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.”
The Dartmouth Big Green will take the field for the first time this season on this coming Saturday when they host Georgetown. Dartmouth will look to follow up on last season’s impressive 8-2 record, and look to win their first Ivy League title since 2015.