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Drew Galbraith came to Dartmouth in 2004 and moved into the role of Senior Associate Athletics Director for Peak Performance in 2011. As head of Dartmouth Peak Performance, he coordinates programs designed to position student-athletes to achieve the highest levels of physical, intellectual and personal growth during their Dartmouth career. Galbraith also serves as a liaison to health professionals who work with Dartmouth student-athletes, including Dartmouth Health Services and physicians from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Galbraith arrived as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Administration and filled additional roles before being named Senior Associate Athletics Director in 2008. He has overseen the compliance and student services areas since his arrival.

He also serves as sport administrator for 13 varsity teams and is a member of the department’s senior leadership team.

Galbraith recently finished a six-year term on the NCAA Skiing Committee and serves on the NCAA Administration Cabinet. After starting his professional career in media relations and broadcasting at William & Mary then Virginia Commonwealth, Galbraith then completed stints in compliance at both William & Mary and Nebraska-Omaha.

He earned both his B.A. (1995) and J.D. (2002) from the College of William & Mary.

Katelyn McPherson: Assistant AD for Peak Performance

McPherson joined the Dartmouth staff as the DP2/Varsity Assistant in 2012 and was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Peak Performance in 2013. In her role, McPherson provides academic, curricular and life skills advising to individual student-athletes and athletic teams as part of DP2. McPherson works alongside Dartmouth’s Academic Skills Center, the Undergraduate Deans Office, and faculty members to develop and deliver programs with a particular emphasis on academic and personal development commitments. She serves as an advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and coordinates the Team Faculty Advisor Program.

A 2011 Colby-Sawyer College graduate, McPherson previously served as an intern for Dartmouth Athletics, which helped her decide to pursue a master's degree in higher education administration. She was a four-year letter winner and senior captain on the women's basketball team at Colby-Sawyer. In addition to her undergraduate experience at Dartmouth, she also served as an operations assistant with the Bay State Games of Massachusetts. She recently finished her coursework for her master’s of education from Northeastern University.

McPherson is currently a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA). 


Steven Spaulding: Assistant AD for Leadership

DP2 introduced Steven Spaulding in the newly created role of Assistant AD for Leadership in the summer of 2012. Spaulding is responsible for the development and oversight of a four-year leadership model for Dartmouth student-athletes.

Spaulding is a 1995 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. While in the Army, Spaulding served as an Airborne Ranger and also served in Iraq. “DP2’s new leadership curriculum will focus on development of future leadership imparting current leaders with the skills to make decisions under pressure, which is what great leaders do,” said Spaulding.

“Dartmouth Peak Performance is committed to help our athletes become better leaders,” stated Drew Galbraith, Senior Associate AD for Peak Performance. “Through both a didactic and experiential leadership curriculum, we hope to provide Dartmouth student-athletes with the necessary tools for success on and off the fields of play.”
Most recently Spaulding led the Dartmouth College Fellowship of Christian Athletes program, helping student athletes make healthy choices and promoting responsibility. “Steven really stood out in the pool of strong candidates because of his experience in outdoor leadership, his understanding of the challenges facing Dartmouth athletes, and the articulation of his vision for a four-year leadership plan,” said men’s hockey head coach Bob Gaudet.

Ali Hart: Assistant Athletic Director Peak Performance

Hart joined the Dartmouth staff in 2015 as DP2/Varsity Assistant. A first-team NCAA All-American at Williams College on the softball Field, Hart spent the past three seasons helping lead the Dartmouth softball team to two Ivy League titles.

Ali will now take on the responsibility of providing support in academic advising, event management, social media and other facets of the DP2 program.



Clinical psychologist Mark Hiatt, Ph.D, has partnered with Dartmouth Peak Performance to provide one-on-one sports performance counseling to student-athletes. As part of Dartmouth Peak Performance's goal to position our students-athletes for maximal physical, intellectual and personal growth, we have integrated the resource of sport psychology. It operates under the assumptions that psychological factors affect athletic performance and conversely, participation in athletic competition affects the psyche. The science of sport psychology blends the concepts of both psychology and kinesiology.

With the integration of sports psychology, Dartmouth student-athletes will have a resource for becoming trained in the psychological skills of performance improvement.  These skills include concentration, goal setting, imagery, visualization, confidence, leadership, communication, team building and anxiety control. Sports psychology can also help train student-athletes to deal with the adverse aspects of being a collegiate athlete, such as injury, rehabilitation, time management and specific transitions throughout an athletics career. 

Mark Hiatt has been on the staff of Health Services since 2003.  He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia in 2001 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Dartmouth Medical School, Department of Psychiatry in 2002. 

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Dr. Charles Carr, Director of Sports Medicine, Team Physician


Jeffrey Frechette, Head Athletic Trainer. Jeff received a bachelor of science degree from West Chester State College and master of education degree from James Madison University. Jeff is beginning his 31st year at Dartmouth College. He has served as the Head Athletic Trainer since 1994. In addition to the administrative responsibilities of Head Athletic Trainer, Jeff works closely with the men’s ice hockey team, and also oversees the men’s and women’s golf teams. He has recently completed courses in functional movement screening and postural restoration techniques. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society. He is an avid golfer, frequently walking Hanover's course completing “safety checks” as part of his responsibility to the golf teams. Jeff and his wife, Jeni, also an athletic trainer, live in Wilder, Vermont.


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