@ThirstyBearBrew @stmarysca August 27

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. Mary’s College of California

Location: Moraga CA

I have a friend in Georgia who reads the blog regularly and he recently sent me a couple of articles that might come in handy when  I have a case of writer’s block. I am going to use both of them to frame my profile on St. Mary’s College of California.

I have learned that the best ideas usually come from one of two moments in life; inspiration or desperation. St. Mary’s College owes it origins in my mind to the latter.

In 1849 the gold rush fever was rampant in California.


By the 1850s, tens of thousands of Irish Catholics who were searching for gold at the end of the continental rainbow in the Sierra foothills mining camps had struck out. Most of those failed miners moved to the port city of San Francisco. Before long, California’s Catholic Church leaders realized that they needed to provide priests for this temptation-laden frontier city by the bay.

Those leaders included Joseph Alemany, a Spanish priest who had success in other Catholic settlements on the American frontier and was appointed archbishop in 1850. His archdiocese — which included 260,000 square miles of territory between the Colorado River and the Pacific Ocean — had only 22 priests serving an estimated 60,000 Catholics.

The desperation for more priests led to a Catholic center of higher learning being established in San Francisco — the school we know today as Saint Mary’s College.

The school got started in 1863 and today has over 4,000 students on the beautiful campus seen below.


One of St. Mary’s graduates Brendan Dobel ’92 is a brew master in California at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company.


His name came to me from a link Wendell Staton my friend from Georgia had sent me-that link is below


As mentioned above in 2014 I drank a different beer each day for the entire year and blogged about it. That list is below and unfortunately for me it does not include a beer from Thirsty Bear. One day I hope to get to taste the handiwork of a St. Mary’s College grad.



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