Dartmouth announced last week that Interim Head Football Coach Sammy McCorkle will lead the Big Green through the 2023 season. McCorkle was elevated from his position as associate head coach to acting head coach on April 4 to lead the football team through spring practice.
In a statement put out by the school, Mike Harrity, the Haldeman Family Director of Athletics and Recreation announced the decision last Monday.
“Sammy has done a remarkable job leading the team during this challenging time,” Harrity said. “He has kept everyone within the program focused and purposeful as we prepare to compete for another Ivy League title this fall and make Buddy proud.”
McCorkle has been on the staff for the past 18 years, coaching in a variety of roles. McCorkle has coached defensive backs, special teams and was named Associate Head Coach in 2014. He takes over for his friend and mentor Buddy Teevens who was injured in a bicycle accident in March.
Prior to Dartmouth, McCorkle spent two seasons as the head coach at Martin County High in Stuart, Florida. He then spent three years as an assistant coach at UT-Martin. McCorkle began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Florida, where he was a defensive back. McCorkle played on four SEC championship teams, competed in four bowl games (Gator, Sugar twice and Fiesta) and a national title game. He graduated in 1996 with Florida’s single-season and career records for blocked punts. McCorkle was named Florida’s special teams player of the year two times.
McCorkle is honored to be stepping in for the legendary Teevens.
“I appreciate the confidence and the support from Mike and the Senior Administration,” McCorkle said. “At the start of the spring, I made a promise to Coach T and Kirsten that I would give 100 percent every single day to this football program. I am extremely proud of the effort and commitment our staff and players have made these past two months and our expectation is for that to continue. I am honored to lead this team as we move forward preparing for the 2023 season.”
The Big Green open their season at UNH in their annual rivalry game on September 16th.