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SPR-SUM 2017

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22 PIERCE / SPRING 2017 "I met Bruce during my sophomore year, which makes it 48 years since I have known him, as both a close friend and colleague," says Steve Dasaro '72. "We played together on Franklin Pierce's first baseball team and it was there that I first saw Bruce's competitiveness and determination. It's hard to believe how far the University's athletic department has come. But given Bruce's dedication and hard work, it's easy to see why Franklin Pierce athletics have come to be recognized worldwide." "We both married Franklin Pierce women," Dasaro adds, "and our friendships continued over the years with births, graduations, weddings and, unfortunately, loss of loved ones. All the while, Bruce has continued to be a strong, loyal dedicated friend." Current students concur. "The first time I met Bruce was after our first tournament, where I had placed second overall," says Camden Morrison '18, a Sports Management major and varsity women's golfer. "I was walking past the tennis courts and Bruce was there with [assistant athletic director] Dan Blair. Dan saw me and said, 'What are you doing shooting a 76?' I replied, 'Being a savage.' And Bruce laughed. I knew of him at the time but did not know that was him. I don't know if I would have responded like that if I had known." Not long after, Kirsh introduced himself to Morrison at a basketball game. "He said he was impressed at how hard I worked and how I had improved," she recalls. "That meant a lot that the athletic director paid attention to an individual athlete, and one not on one of the high-profile sports. Later, when we hosted the NE-10 tournament, he came out for both days. That showed great support." In addition to being athletic director, Kirsh has been a prime mover in charge of buildings and grounds. He has overseen the additions of many important structures: Petrocelli Hall, Cheshire Hall, Lakeview Apartments, Lakeview Educational Center and Boathouse, Sodexo Stadium and Pappas Field. CUTTING BASEPATHS WITH A TILLER "Rindge was a sleepy little town when I got here in 1969, as a transfer student," says Kirsh. "The school was only founded in '62. So the early students were the pioneers." The rural environment was an eagerly sought change of pace for Kirsh, who was born in New York City and reared in the bedroom community of Fair Lawn, N.J. In high school, Kirsh was a pitcher and third baseman, and played offensive line on the football team. "Fair Lawn [High School] had a long tradition of success in sports," Kirsh says, instilling in him a sense of competition, sportsmanship and skill. "As a high school graduate, I was still young and PREVIOUS SPREAD: RYAN E. HULSE Given Bruce's dedication and hard work, it's easy to see why Franklin Pierce athletics have come to be recognized worldwide. — STEVE DASARO '72 " " Facing page, clockwise from top left: The men's soccer team celebrating after capturing its first NCAA Division II National Championship in 2007; Bruce speaking at the 2010 NCAA East Regional Women's Basketball banquet; with the basketball team in 1979; on campus in 2010; with the baskeball team in 1980; NCAA Women's Elite trip to San Antonio (2010); with Jennifer Leedham '09; cutting down the net at the women's basketball regional in Philadelphia; with the FPU Hall of Fame induction class of 2015; the 1977 baseball team. Facing page, middle, top to bottom: sitting with a group on the bleachers; Women's Basketball senior night

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