A gift from a 1968 Dartmouth graduate and former football star endowed the college’s head football coaching position in honor of his former coach.
Henry M. (Hank) Paulson, of New York, N.Y., gave $2 million to establish the Robert L. Blackman Endowed Coaching Position at Dartmouth. The gift was announced in November 2000 during a reunion of players from Bob Blackman’s 16 Dartmouth teams.
“As much as he wanted to win and as intensely as he cared—and no one who knew him ever doubted that he was absolutely driven to win—Bob Blackman always stressed clean, honorable play,” said Paulson
Blackman died in March 2000. He is remembered as Dartmouth football’s most successful coach, a master of recruiting, innovation and strategy whose imprint on Ivy League football is indelible.
From 1955-70, Blackman's teams compiled a record of 104 wins, 37 losses and three ties. Those teams, representing the most successful era in Dartmouth football history, won seven Ivy League championships. Three teams—in 1962, 1965 and 1970—were undefeated and untied. The Big Green squads of 1965 and 1970 were also awarded the Lambert Trophy as the outstanding team in Eastern major college football.
As a member of Blackman's teams from 1965-67, Hank Paulson was an integral part of Dartmouth's football success. As a sophomore in 1965, he led the team in minutes played. In his senior season of 1967, Paulson was named All-Ivy, All-New England and All-East and received the New England Football Coaches Award as Offensive Lineman-of-the-Year.
Paulson’s success on the gridiron was matched by his success in the classroom. A citation-winning English major, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded an NCAA Scholar-Athlete postgraduate fellowship. He was chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs, a leading investment banking firm until being named by President George W. Bush to be Secretary of the Treasury in 2006.