HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth Peak Performance (DP2) is pleased to announce the four newest staff members who will be helping Dartmouth student-athletes reach their full potential academically, athletically and personally. Brandon Harrington '09, Jeff Butler, Christina Rasnake and Katelyn Stravinsky all come to Dartmouth with the goal of building Big Green athletes into elite performers on and off the field.
Brandon Harrington '09 returns to Hanover in a newly created position as the DP2 Health Initiatives Coordinator. Harrington, a psychology major and member of the Big Green hockey team as an undergraduate, will be working with DP2 and Health Promotions to introduce BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) to all varsity athletes, as well as assisting in the coordination of wellness and leadership programming.
"Brandon is a tremendous asset to our program; the BASICS program will be one of the most important personal development resources we will use to help our athletes live healthy lives off the field," said Donnie Brooks, Assistant Athletic Director for Peak Performance.
Jeff Butler joins Dartmouth as an assistant strength & conditioning coach from the University of Arkansas, where he served as a graduate assistant in the Arkansas Human Performance Laboratory. A 2006 graduate and captain of the football team at Mississippi College, Butler will be responsible for program development and implementation for the Big Green lacrosse, soccer, tennis and volleyball programs, while also assisting with football.
"Jeff's strengths certainly complement our integrative health approach," said Drew Galbraith, Senior Associate Director for Peak Performance. "In addition to his research-based methods, it was apparent in the interview process that he is also a high energy coach who can communicate effectively with our athletes."
Christina Rasnake also joins the DP2 staff as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Having earned a master's in exercise science from Bloomsburg University in 2012 and assisted in the oversight of the university's strength and conditioning programs, Rasnake will now oversee program development and implementation for the Dartmouth field hockey, sailing, equestrian, swimming & diving, rowing, and golf teams, as well as assisting with football.
"Christina fits the DP2 Strength mold of coaches who are academically engaged and credible with athletes on the floor," said Bob Miller, Holekamp Family Director of Strength and Conditioning.
Katelyn Stravinsky joins the staff as the DP2/Varsity Assistant. A 2011 Colby-Sawyer graduate, she previously served as an intern with Anne Hudak, the Associate Director of Athletics for Peak Performance, which helped her decide to pursue a master's degree in higher education administration from Northeastern University. A four-year letter winner and senior captain of the women's basketball team at Colby-Sawyer, Stravinsky will provide support in academic advising, event management, social media and other DP2 programs."Katelyn was extremely ambitious and reliable during her time as an intern, and we are extremely happy to have her back in a more important role within DP2," said Hudak.