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Former Hurricanes assistant to interview for Dolphins head coach job

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The Miami Dolphins have requested to interview Los Angeles Rams tailback coach Thomas Brown, who is familiar with South Florida from the three seasons he spent at the University of Miami as one of Mark Richt’s assistants.

Brown, who was named the Rams’ assistant head coach last offseason – in his second season with the team – is a former NFL tailback who has spent the past decade working his way up the coaching ranks quickly.

His coaching career began at the University of Georgia, where the former Bulldogs tailback was the team’s strength and conditioning coach in 2011.

He spent the next three seasons at three different colleges – Chattanooga, Marshall and Wisconsin – coaching tailbacks before returning to Georgia in 2015, a season before he’d join Richt in Miami as the Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator and running backs coach.

Brown left UM to join South Carolina’s coaching staff in 2019, and left the college ranks to join the Rams in 2020.

The 35-year-old, who spent two seasons as a player in the NFL on the Atlanta Falcons’ injured reserve and the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad in 2009, and has never served as a head coach.

But insiders around the league view him as a young, rising talent, and the latest fruit to be picked from the Sean McVay coaching tree, which has already produced Green Bay’s Matt LaFleur, Bengals coach Zac Taylor and Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley.

Brown becomes the seventh coaching candidate expected to meet with Dolphins owner Steve Ross, General Manager Chris Grier, and their search committee about the vacancy created to replace Brian Flores, who was fired on Monday at the conclusion of his third season.

Flores, who delivered a 24-25 record in his three seasons, was let go because of the Dolphins’ offensive struggles this season, and his troublesome relationship with Ross, Grier and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who all painted Flores as a difficult man to work with.

The other six known contenders are three offensive coordinators – Buffalo’s Brian Daboll, San Francisco’s Dallas’ Mike McDaniel, and Dallas’ Kellen Moore – and three defensive coordinators – Arizona’s Vance Joseph, Dallas’ Dan Quinn, and Buffalo’s Leslie Frazier.

Joseph, Quinn and Frazier have all been head coaches in the NFL.

Joseph, who spent the 2016 season as the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator, had a 11-21 record in his two seasons with the Denver Broncos.

Quinn, who also had a brief stint with the Dolphins during the Nick Saban era in 2005-06, produced a 46-44 record during his six seasons with the Falcons. And Frazier compiling a record of 21-33-1 with the Minnesota Vikings.

All seven of the known candidates are participating in the postseason, and won’t be available to interview until early next week.

Ross has leaned towards hiring the young, up-and-comer types during his previous searches, but the failures Joe Philbin, Adam Gase and Flores, who he hired as first-time head coaches, might encourage the real estate mogul to stray from his preference.

The Dolphins have one of eight head coach vacancies, and most teams are jockeying for the same candidates, so it’s possible that Miami will be forced to move fast. However, the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings are also searching for General Managers, so that domino might need to fall before they make a coaching hire.

That leaves Miami competing with the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans and possibly the Las Vegas Raiders, which advance to the playoffs with interim coach Rich Bisaccia as their leader, competing for the hot candidates.

Flores is supposedly in the mix for the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Houston Texans vacancy.

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Norwood’s Kristen McDonnell, Walpole’s Jenna Galster make MIAA history on sidelines of boys basketball game

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WALPOLE — In recent years, it has become more and more common to see women taking on lead coaching roles across the MIAA’s boys basketball landscape.

What we hadn’t seen, however, were games in which they’ve stood on opposing benches. That was until Thursday night, when Kristen McDonnell and Jenna Galster led their teams onto the court at Walpole High School.

In the first recorded MIAA game featuring two boys basketball programs helmed by female coaches, McDonnell’s unit emerged victorious behind the performance of Noah Beaudet. The junior captain erupted for 30 points, propelling Norwood (6-0) to a 66-54 victory over Walpole in front of a packed house.

“I think regardless of what it means, you just want to come out with a win no matter what,” said McDonnell. “But it’s nice. I have so much respect for Jenna, and what she’s done with this program, and what she did with her last program.”

Both coaches had embarked on long journeys to get to where they were last night. The paths there were drastically different, however.

Galster, for one, has only coached boys teams. She started her career guiding the freshman team at Holliston, before eventually working her way up to the title of head coach in 2013. She later went on to serve as an assistant on Rick Grady’s staff at Dover-Sherborn, before being selected to lead Walpole in 2021.

Meanwhile, McDonnell enjoyed years of success with Braintree’s girls basketball program, establishing a dynasty by capturing four state titles. She was later tabbed as Norwood’s newest boys hoops coach in June 2019.

Once McDonnell received the exciting news regarding her next endeavor, the legendary coach picked up the phone.

“(Galster) was the first person I called when I got the job,” McDonnell said. “Just to pick her brain about things. She’s a phenomenal coach and a phenomenal person. I think she has made it so much easier for any of us that are following to feel comfortable jumping onto the boys side.”

As for the game itself, Norwood used a 23-9 run to pull away in the second quarter, taking a 36-19 lead into intermission. The sequence proved to be the difference in the contest.

As the fans exited the gymnasium, Galster fondly looked back on the phone conversation she had with McDonnell a few years ago.

“She asked me, ‘Is there anything different?’” chuckled Galster. “I said, ‘Well, first of all, I don’t know. I’ve never coached the girls.’ She would have to tell me that, at the end of things. But you’re coaching an athlete. It doesn’t matter what the gender is. It doesn’t matter who it is. You are coaching an athlete, and an opportunity to do so is always a good opportunity. My God, has she seized it, and she’s run with it. I’m very happy for her.”

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Cape Cod Academy’s Jaeden Greenleaf joins the exclusive 2,000-point club

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Cape Cod Academy senior guard Jaeden Greenleaf became the 77th player in state history to reach the 2,000-point plateau earlier Thursday evening. The Boston Herald All-Scholastic scored 34 points, including a 3-pointer with 4:38 remaining to go past 2,000 points in a 79-50 win over Dennis-Yarmouth to improve to 7-0.

CAREER 2,000-POINT LIST
1. Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir New Leadership 2004-09 3,070
2. Rebecca Lobo Southwick 1987-91 2,710
3. Jermaine Watson L-S, Thayer, Tabor 1997-01 2,665
4. Kristin Feldman Learning Center 1993-00 2,659
5. Kelsey O’Keefe Quaboag 2000-06 2,650
6. Bryan Edwards Cohasset 1983-88 2,563
7. Sarah Behn Foxboro 1985-89 2,562
8. Wayne Turner Beaver CD 1991-95 2,542
9. Ronnie Perry Catholic Memorial 1972-76 2,481
10. Sean Connolly Bishop Fenwick 1994-98 2,473
11. Mike Bradley Worcester Burncoat 1993-97 2,444
12. Keri Flynn Rockland 1995-00 2,405
13. Ayla Brown Noble & Greenough 2000-06 2,358
14. Katie Kerr Marian 1992-96 2,352
15. Adam Harrington Pioneer Valley 1994-98 2,347
16. Robin Christian Jamaica Plain 1981-85 2,332
17. Kendall Currence Falmouth Acad. 2015-2018 2,310
18. Marvin Safford Holy Name 1969-73 2,289
19. Jake Jason Old Colony 2016-2019 2,273
20. Ron Teixiera Catholic Memorial 1961-65 2,250
21. Matt Palazzi St. John’s (S) 1980-84 2,239
22. Emmanuel Bangandozou, Bancroft 2013-17 2,236
23. Lekia Cowen Hopedale 2003-08 2,210
24. Nicole Boudreau Andover 2008-12 2,200
25. Jessalyn Deveny Westford Academy 1997-01 2,195
(tie). Luke Dagley South Shore Christian 2012-17 2,195
27. Carla Berube Oxford 1988-95 2,190
28. Scoonie Penn Salem 1991-95 2,189
29. Azar Swain Rivers 2014-17 2,185
30. Jillian Danker Minnechaug 1994-98 2,179
31. Casey Arena Bishop Fenwick 1988-92 2,166
32. Nicole Wolff Milton Acad./Walpole 1998-02 2,164
33. Shaquana McDonough Learning Center 2004-09 2,163
34. Jon Garrity Duxbury 1968-72 2,156
35. Gerry Corcoran Norwell 1999-03 2,155
36. Katie Benzan Noble & Greenough 2011-16 2,153
37. Maddie Mullin Beaver Country Day 2013-17 2,142
38. Brianne Stepherson Masconomet 1992-98 2,139
39. Naomi Graves Hampshire 1973-78 2,137
40. Lynne-Ann Kokoski Smith Academy 1999-04 2,124
41. Michelle Edwards Cathedral 1980-84 2,121
(tie). Gwendolyn Carpenter, Mt. Everett, 2013-19 2,121
43. Kevin Miranda Avon 2003-07 2,116
44. Fiona Mannion, Latin Academy, 2016-2020, 2109
45. Colleen Hession Williston-North. 1996-02 2,096
(tie). Lenworth Williamson Pingree 2005-09 2,096
47. Jen Moussette Hampshire 2000-05 2,094
48. Caroline Ducharme, Noble & Greenough, 2017-2021
49. Chris Vetrano Andover 2000-04 2,090
50. Anthony Taylor NCC 1990-94 2,089
51. Duane Anderson Worcester Voke 1986-90 2,086
52. Chris Herren Durfee 1990-94 2,083
53. Tajanay Viega-Lee Fenway 2009-13 2,082
54. Jimmy Sullivan Dom Savio 1974-78 2,081
55. Ghared Boyce Everett 2005-08 2,073
56. Glenn Gariepy Bellingham 1962-66 2,070
57. Jes Hambley South Hadley 1994-99 2,069
58. Menel Lamadzema Mystic Valley 2013-17 2,067
59. Heman Honore St. Clement 2002-06 2,056
60. Samantha Herrick Lenox 1987-92 2,055
61. Justin Bennett Learning Center 1993-98 2,047
62. Paul Moran Swampscott 1981-85 2,043
63. Shaleyse Smallwood O’Bryant 2000-04 2,037
64. Deric McCottrell Avon/St. Sebastian’s 2006-11 2,035
65. Steve Zieja Hopkins Academy 1995-99 2,033
66. Tom Donahue St. Mary’s (B) 1971-75 2,031
67. Saleek Marshall Avon 2006-12 2,027
68. Necole Evans Springfield Central 2002-06 2,025
69. Caitlin Fisher Beaver Country Day 1996-00 2,024
70. Kerri Downs Everett 1995-99 2,019
71. Anna Kelly Lexington 2013-16 2,015
72. Shante Dezrick Avon 2004-10 2,013
73. Karen Walsh Old Colony 1992-96 2,009
74. Thad Broughton St. Mary’s (L) 1997-02 2,007
75. Bruce Seals Natick/Ashland 1994-98 2,001
*(tie). Jaeden Greenleaf Cape Cod Academy 2019-2002 2,001
77. King Gaskins Catholic Memorial 1968-72 2,000

* – still active

 

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Brigham and Women’s research group finds ‘pleasant surprise’: Black patients 50% more likely to utilize telemedicine than white patients

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Telemedicine, which gained wider popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic and is likely to become a permanent fixture of the health care system, has become especially popular in two patient groups: Black patients and women, according to a new study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“Given the digital divide, we expected to see differences and the use of virtual care among these populations,” said Dr. Gezzer Ortega of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Center for Surgery and Public Health, who authored the study, of the Black patients in particular. “But it was a pleasant surprise when we noticed that there was over-utilization within these groups.”

Ortega’s study broke its data into two phases: March 24, 2020 to June 23, 2020, during the stay-at-home advisory in the state, and the rest of the year. The goal was to compare patient appointments for different groups during that time, and determine the breakdown of in-person, video and audio appointments for new patient consultation within the hospital’s Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Ortega said the research team chose to focus on surgeries because of the existing disparities in care and outcomes among groups for these procedures. He added that the team specifically chose to study the gastrointestinal division over other areas of medicine “because it’s one of the large divisions within our department, and it also reflects a broad population of care that we see,” he said.

During the early days of the pandemic, the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, found little difference in the races of the people seeking care in-person or remotely, though he noted that Hispanic and Latino patients used the audio-only feature at higher rates than average, as did older patients, those with lower education levels, and those with a primary language other than English.

In the second phase of the study, which stretched from June 24 to Dec. 31, 2020, the gap for Hispanic and Latino audio-only appointments declined, likely reflecting improved digital literacy and access.

Notably, these gaps remained for the other groups throughout the study. “It’s important for us to have the flexibility of audio and video because there are certain circumstances where a patient may not have broadband access to do video, or may not have the capacity or the privacy to do a video call,” Ortega said.

Still, he said anything is better than nothing, but video calls are even better because they provide doctors with nonverbal cues impossible to read over the phone. In-person appointments, he added, are the best option.

However, the rate of use of telemedicine for Black patients was double compared to white patients, though Ortega said more research is needed to determine what those those reasons are on “a cultural nuance and personal level,” he said.

Women were also more likely to use telemedicine throughout the study, he said, which likely reflects the reality that women took on additional caretaking roles during the pandemic.

Ortega said that the study results point to the need for expanded broadband access to close health care access gaps. Digital literacy training, patient outreach to enroll in telemedicine services, and user-friendly, multilingual digital health care platforms would also help, he said.

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