By: Pat Salvas
HANOVER, N.H. – After 37 years of service to Dartmouth, head athletic trainer Jeff “Jazzy” Frechette announced that he will be retiring at the end of the academic year.
Frechette began his nearly four decades at Dartmouth in 1981, joining the department as an assistant athletic trainer. He was promoted to head athletic trainer in 1994 and then again in 2014 to the associate director of sports medicine.
An innovator in the field, Frechette implemented ImPACT testing for concussion management in 1995, long before it was at the forefront of sports safety. Under his guidance, the Sports Medicine Program at Dartmouth has grown exponentially and have developed an incredible reputation in cultivating young professionals in the field.
Frechette has worked with many teams during his time with the Big Green, including men’s soccer, football and baseball, winning Ivy League championships with each.
However, he will be most remembered as a member of the men’s hockey program, a team he worked with for the entirety of his Dartmouth career and gave him the nickname “Jazzy” in the early 1990s that has not only stuck, but defined him in the nearly three decades that have followed.
An avid golfer, Frechette was regularly atop the leaderboard for many local tournaments as well as Dartmouth outings. If you could find “Jazzy” in his Thompson Arena office from October to March, you could also find him in his other office on the fairways of Hanover Country Club from April through September.
During his time at Dartmouth, Frechette also found time to raise a son, Gregory, who has followed in his father’s footsteps and pursued a career in medicine. Gregory is now in his second year of residency based in New York City.
In retirement, he will now get to spend more time with three of his most beloved things: his wife Jeni, his dog Duke and his golf clubs.
Frechette graduated with his bachelor’s degree from West Chester University in 1980 before receiving his master’s from James Madison University in 1981.
Dartmouth is grateful for all of Frechette’s contributions to athletics, sports medicine, his co-workers and, most importantly, the student-athletes he has worked with as an invaluable member of the Big Green family.