@stjohnscollege @newyorkcroquet May 10

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: St. John’s College

Location: Annapolis MD

I will be going to Baltimore, possibly Annapolis,  and the Pocono Mountains (PA) this weekend for a family event. Part of what excites me each morning is what can I learn new as I write a new post. Since I was going to be traveling to these different places I pondered what was the oldest college in each area.

I guessed it would be Johns Hopkins and I was wrong. It actually is St. John’s College a institution located in Annapolis MD that quite frankly I didn’t know existed. What I learned about St. John’s was really interesting.

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St. John’s College is the third oldest college in the United States. Here is a timeline of the college’s history. In 1696 The King William’s School, the Maryland colony’s “free” school, is founded.

Sign at SJC

In 1784 the state of Maryland charters St. John’s College, merging it with King William’s School; four of the college founders signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In 1789 the former governor’s mansion, McDowell Hall, is completed and serves as the foundation for the college; it is now the third oldest academic building in continuous use in the country.

McDowell Hall shown below.


A second campus opened in 1964 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The college’s first graduate program was founded in 1967 in Santa Fe. St. John’s College has less than 1,000 undergraduate students.

One of the notable alums of St. John’s College is Francis Scott Key who wrote the lyrics to the United States’ national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.


One reason for me never hearing about St. John’s is the athletic offerings are how d Io I say it “unique”.  St. John’s College competes in a variety of intercollegiate athletics, from sailing regattas to the annual croquet match against the US Naval Academy.

The research for this post also had me discover that NYC has a robust croquet scene.


Great story at link below







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