There is no question that athletes from northern New Hampshire fly under the radar and don’t get as much coverage and recognition as those from the southern part of the state. Hanover High’s Dan Gorman definitely falls into that category, as he is a three-sport varsity athlete and was a first team all-state player in both football and basketball this year as a senior.
Fortunately for Gorman, he is very well known in the Upper Valley, and especially in the town of Hanover. So it’s fitting that the 6-foot-5 Gorman will be close to home and attending Hanover’s own Dartmouth College.
“I committed to Dartmouth and I am walking on to the football team” Gorman informed the NH Notebook. “I have talked with Coach Teevens and he has given me a spot.”
Not only did Gorman play three sports at Hanover High, but he played all three ways for the marauders football team. Gorman was an all-state wide receiver on offense, a starting strong safety on defense and he was also the team’s kicker and punter on special teams.
“I am coming in as a wide receiver” explained Gorman. “I also will try kicking some, which I did all of high school for Hanover, because Dartmouth is not tremendously deep at the place kicking and punting positions. I am coming in as a walk-on, having not earned anything yet except a spot on the team. I need to work hard to get bigger, stronger, faster, and just overall a lot better, and the amount that I work at it will determine my role on the team.”
Dartmouth is an Ivy League school and one of the best academic institutions in the entire country. Getting into Dartmouth is a tremendous accomplishment for Gorman, who will be set up nicely once he graduates.
“My GPA through 1st semester of my senior year was a 3.95/4” Gorman said. “My parents have always stressed the importance of getting work done and doing my best in school, and I have had great teachers along the way. Also, with my time commitment to athletics year round, I am forced to spend time wisely. I am undecided on what I will major in or focus my studies on, but it is possible that I will take a pre-med or engineering route, though I really feel as though I could go any number of different directions.”
Gorman got recruited by colleges for both football and basketball, as he was also a standout power forward for the Hanover boys basketball team.
“I struggled early on with which of the two sports to pursue” Gorman explained. “I really would have loved a shot at either, and I went to some camps for both but received more interest for football at the level I wanted to play at. I pursued it some more, but I wanted to make certain that when choosing a school academics were the first piece I was looking at and that they were the main reason for which I chose a school. For this reason, I went regular decision a bunch of places to try to keep my options open even more, still never ruling out basketball.”
Although Gorman is staying very close to home for college, that was not always his plan.
“Around a month before I heard back from all of my schools, I felt as though I had almost ruled it out because I needed to get away somewhere” said Gorman. “But when it came down to it I just loved the school so much and I decided the upsides and the downsides of being so close to home really would not matter as much as the school I was actually attending. It will be nice to not have to travel to see my family when I need to and want to, but I don't plan on living at home by any means, and my parents firmly believe that they will see me about as much as they see my sister who goes to school two hours away at Amherst! Maybe I will even be able to catch the occasional Hanover High football, basketball, or baseball game, too.”
Congratulations to Dan, and best of luck at Dartmouth!