SPORTS: For the record
by Bob Cornell
Dick Biddle, an assistant coach at Colgate for a total of 10 years, replaces Ed Sweeney as head coach of football.
"It was an extremely difficult decision not to retain Ed Sweeney," said athletic director Mark Murphy '77. "He has done a number of positive things for the program. He instilled a sense of discipline and a good work ethic in the players. He also served as a good role model to the student athletes. Ultimately, however, a coach is judged by his success on the field. The program has not shown the type of progress I expected."
Under Sweeney the Red Raiders were 6-26-1 for three seasons and last fall suffered through the first winless campaign in the school's 106-year gridiron history.
Colgate's new football coach Dick Biddle at the news conference announcing his appointment
Biddle, who becomes Colgate's 29th football coach, brings 23 years of coaching
experience to his first head coach opportunity.
"I have great confidence in Dick Biddle," Murphy said. "He has been at Colgate for two separate stints under three different coaches and knows what it takes to win here. He has a real love for the school. He also has great knowledge of the game and is an outstanding teacher. In the past four seasons he has coached three different positions and in each season his position has been the strength of the team. The players have great respect for Dick. I believe he will turn the program around."
Biddle, 47, came back to Colgate in 1992 as defensive coordinator and
linebacker coach under Mike Foley '77. He had previously coached under Fred
Dunlap '50 1977-82, and he has coached at Navy, Virginia Tech and Minnesota.
"Of all the places I've coached, I always considered Colgate my best experience," Biddle said. "It's a great school and has a national reputation in regards to its academic and athletic programs. It is an honor and privilege to be the head coach of Colgate football. I feel that I'm representing all the great players and coaches who have worked at Colgate and I will put my heart and soul into righting the recent slump in the program."
A 1971 graduate of Duke University, Biddle was an all-Atlantic Coast Conference linebacker for three seasons.
Joining Biddle's coaching staff is former head coach Dunlap as offensive coordinator, quarterback and wide receiver coach. Dunlap, the second winningest coach in Colgate football history, retired as head coach in 1987 and as athletic director in 1992.
Biddle's other choices include Ed Pinkham, defensive coordinator and secondary coach; Dave Duggan, linebacker coach; and Marty Fine, offensive line coach. He has retained Ed Argast '78, defensive line coach, and Todd Williams, who will coach the running backs.
Colgate captured team championships in three fall sports and holds a 4 1/2-point lead over Bucknell in the 1995-96 President's Cup race. Colgate tallied 41 points during the fall, earning Patriot League titles in women's soccer, women's tennis and volleyball.
Army, the two-time defending President's Cup champion, captured the men's and women's cross country and golf titles and is currently in third place with 33 points, while Lafayette, the 1995 field hockey and men's soccer champion, is in the fourth spot with 31 points.
Track and field has added Matthew Belfield as assistant coach. A 1990 graduate of Catholic University of America, he comes to Colgate after spending three seasons at the University of Redlands. He coached the 1995 NCAA high jump champion at Redlands where he was an assistant coach for both the men's and women's track and field and cross country teams while also coordinating recruiting.
Five members of the Red Raider football team were named to the 1995 All-Patriot League team. The first-team selection is senior defensive end Joe Kasztejna; second team selections are senior tight end Jon O'Flynn, senior wide receiver J.J. Hope, sophomore running back Daymon Smith and junior offensive tackle Jack Durkin.
Sixteen other Colgate athletes earned All-Patriot League honors this fall. Senior back Jessica Tuthill led the women's soccer team as she became just the second player in league history to earn all-league status for four years. Joining her on the first team was senior forward Michelle Birgeneau, senior back Nica Goldmacher and junior midfielder Jen Hughes. Second team honors went to sophomore forward Nicole D'Orazio and senior Kerry Taylor.
Senior All-America soccer forward Bobby Newman earned all-league honors on the men's side for the third straight year. Joining him on the first team was senior back Matt Jones. Second team honors went to senior midfielder Hugh Jones and junior midfielder Nate Jackson.
A pair of field hockey players earned all-league honors for the first time: senior forward Brenda Baldanzi and senior back Jen Sparacio.
Sophomore Leslie Frank, along with freshman Samantha Kohn, Jamie Kohn and Alex Alton, were named all-league in women's tennis.
Recapping other fall highlights . . . junior Betsy Cunningham became Colgate's first-ever women's Patriot League cross country champion; head women's cross country coach Marie Cronrath was named Patriot League Coach of the Year; sophomore Leslie Frank was named the league's women's tennis tourna-ment's MVP; tennis coach Scott Thielke was the league's Coach of the Year.