@DrakeUniversity September 28

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: Drake University

Location: Des Moines IA

I am a big fan of the TV show Seinfeld that runs continuously on reruns. I use quotes from the show to explain my thinking or to put something in context. One scene features conversation about a friend of Jerry, Elaine, and George on the show. The friend’s name is Drake and the scene includes the phrase Love the Drake”. A YouTube clip below highlights that scene:

Drake University was founded in 1881 and named for Civil War general Francis Marion Drake (Union Army).


Confronted with declining economic conditions, the Disciples of Christ in Iowa were faced with the decision to move their established Oskaloosa College, the first Christian college founded in Iowa, to another location.

In 1881, a zealous group led by George Thomas Carpenter journeyed to Des Moines where they found support for their proposed move. In March 1881, bolstered with a $20,000 pledge from General Francis Marion Drake of Centerville, Iowa, the educational institution became a reality. In gratitude, the University’s trustees named their institution after Drake, a Civil War general, former Iowa governor, banker, railroad builder and attorney.

Today Drake University boast 5,000 students from 40 different states and countries. The campus covers 150 acres in Des Moines Iowa. You can spot the blue track on Drake’s campus very easily.

Drake University

Drake is famous for the Drake Relays held on that blue track. That event has been going strong since 1910.

The campus also has another activity that has wide campus popularity. It is called Hubbelling a de facto winter downhill sport named for the trays from Hubbell Dining Hall, which for years took the place of traditional sleds.


Love the Drake (University)!


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