The End of an Era
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Scarnecchia entered the NFL as the special teams and tight ends coach on Ron Meyer's 1982 Patriots' staff. Scarnecchia served in that role from the 1982 season through the 1988 season, serving under both Meyer and Raymond Berry who assumed the head coaching job in 1984. Scarnecchia took his lone hiatus from the Patriots by rejoining Meyer in the 1989 and 1990 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts as the offensive line coach. He made his return to the Patriots in 1991 under Dick MacPherson, serving once again as the special teams and tight ends coach. Scarnecchia held this role through the 1992 season, but Scarnecchia also served as the Patriots' interim head coach for the final eight games of the 1992 season when Dick MacPherson took a leave due to illness. Following his service to the team in 1992, Scarnecchia was named the Patriots' special assistant for the 1993 and 1994 season under new Patriots coach Bill Parcells. In 1995 Scarnecchia was named the defensive assistant and held that role until the start of the 1997 season, when Pete Carroll took over as Patriots head coach. With the move Scarnecchia was named special teams coach again for both the 1997 and 1998 season before Carroll named him offensive line coach in 1999. Scarnecchia has served as offensive line coach since 1999, but added the told of assistant head coach starting in 2000 when Bill Belichick took over as Patriots head coach.
When asked about Scarnecchia's retirement, Bill Belichick said, "Dante Scarnecchia is a Patriot and NFL legend who defied the phrase ‘not for long. In an industry of constant change, Dante remained a fixture here for the simple reason that he helped every player reach his highest potential, regardless of who he was, how he was acquired or how much raw talent he had.
In whatever category a coach can be assessed - evaluator, teacher, motivator, problem solver, disciplinarian, team player, winner – Dante is as good as it gets," Belichick said. "As many games as he helped us win and as much as we would like to work with Dante forever, we are blessed with the opportunity to have been with him as long as we were."
Belichick's sentiment towards Scarnecchia was matched by Patriots' Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. "Dante Scarnecchia has been the only coaching constant since I purchased the team in 1994. Not coincidentally, he retires as the only coach to have been a part of all seven Super Bowl teams in Patriots franchise history. I want to thank Dante for his leadership, professionalism and always putting the team first.
For as long as I have known him, he was always the first to arrive in the morning and among the last to leave," Kraft said. "He didn't demand respect from his players. He earned it. I loved watching Dante lead by example, especially when he would run stride for stride with his players during their conditioning runs. He was a coach who always stressed technique and fundamentals and helped players reach their full potential. At training camp, his colorful, constructive, coaching critiques made him a fan favorite. His presence on the Patriots sidelines will be missed by our coaches, players and fans alike."
Scarnecchia's 30 years with the Patriots are the second most a coach has spent with a single team, trailing only Dick Hoak who served 35 years in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. In his time with the Patriots, Scarnecchia served under six head coaches, also serving a brief time as head coach. He has been a part of 18 of the Patriots' 21 seasons ending in playoff runs which included 39 or the team's 43 playoff wins. Scarnecchia was also the only member of the Patriots to be a part of all of the team's seven Super Bowl appearances.
The Patriots announced the addition of Dave DeGuglielmo as the new offensive line coach.
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With Stowe and Sugarbush nearby, finding challenging terrain is not an issue at colleges in northern Vermont. Students at Middlebury enjoy the Snow Bowl, owned by the college, for a quick few runs when they are not up for a car ride. In less than a half hour however, they can hit the slopes at Sugarbush or Stowe. You will need to be a top student to get into Middlebury though; with an acceptance rate of just 17%, the college is among a handful of the most selective liberal arts colleges in the country.
University of Vermont
Heading north, in the picturebook city of Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain, you will find the University of Vermont. Famous for producing both Alpine and Downhill Olympic skiers, UVM is a mecca for winter sports lovers. Buses head from campus to the slopes on the weekends, and students tune their skis in the dorm hallways at night. Sugarbush and Stowe are the most popular ski destinations for UVMers, but Smuggler’s Notch and Jay Peak also draw sports classes and snowboarders looking for slopes off the beaten path. UVM is different than most state schools in that 75% of students come from out-of-state, the university boasts an amazing honors college, it’s home to a ground breaking environmental studies program and a highly rated medical school.
St. Michael's College
Nearby in Colchester, St. Michael’s is a hidden gem among Catholic colleges in New England. St. Mike’s has a warm, pretty campus with a wide variety of majors, including business. Easy access to Burlington and all the same ski areas as UVM, make St. Mike’s a great option for students wanting a small college with reasonable acceptance rates and a nurturing academic environment.
For skiers and snowboarders who can make the Ivy League cut, there is really only one college: Dartmouth. Whether you race cross country or are a downhill enthusiast, Dartmouth’s long tradition of elite athletics will ensure top notch competition. Dartmouth has their own “SkiWay”, but it’s not on campus and most students prefer the challenge of a bigger mountain. Since Dartmouth sits close to the New Hampshire/Vermont boarder, there are quite a few options for big mountain skiing, with Killington and Okemo less than 45 minutes away.
New England College
New England College in Henniker is a tiny, ski lovers’ gem. For students who prefer a small college with very personal attention, NEC is a great choice. Those with learning differences will also find a warm and accepting environment with professor mentorships and all the tools necessary to succeed in college. Students at NEC form a tight knit community and can often be seen heading off with boards tucked under their arms in groups each afternoon to hit the slopes at nearby Loon or Waterville.
Plymouth State University
Plymouth State offers another option for boarders and skiers in central New Hampshire. With easy access to Waterville, Loon, Cannon and even the North Conway area, there are many choices for big mountain skiing. The college sprawls up the hillside in the quaint town of Plymouth, which is filled with shops and restaurants. With a medium size student body, reasonable acceptance rate and low tuition, Plymouth State is easily accessible for many students.