Among the foreign dignitaries and athletes striving for gold, Dr. Allyson Shirtz Howe ’94, Pierre McGuire ’83 and Dave Schwartz ’01 arrived in South Korea this week, ready to leave their marks on the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Shirtz Howe will serve the members of the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team as their head physician. A key member of the USA Hockey organization since 2010, Shirtz Howe traveled to Sochi in 2014 as a general physician for the U.S. Olympic Committee staff, high-level donors, former Olympians and family members. Her role this year is an ambition realized.
“Every time I wore USA, I couldn’t wait to do it again. My ultimate goal was to go with a team,” Shirtz Howe told the Portland Press Herald. “I’m excited to be with a team. It’s going to feel much more focused to be part of a team with a goal of a gold medal.”
Before joining USA Hockey, Shirtz Howe served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, including eight years on active duty. She then joined the sports medicine division at Maine Medical Center in Portland. A graduate of SUNY Buffalo Medical School, Shirtz Howe was inducted into the William Smith Heron Hall of Honor in 2016 for her achievements on the Herons’ soccer and basketball teams. At the Colleges, she majored in biology, studied abroad in Mexico and was honored for outstanding achievement as a pre-med student with the Blackwell Award.
This is the seventh time that Emmy award-wining analyst for NBC Sports McGuire has provided coverage for Olympic games. The “Inside the Glass” NHL correspondent will deliver commentary and interview hockey players competing for the gold when ice hockey events begin on Saturday, Feb. 10.
“Covering hockey at the Olympics is a dream come true,” said the former Hobart hockey defenseman, during the 2014 Olympics. “The passion and the skill level of the players are so intense at this level, and it’s a great privilege to be a part of it.”
McGuire won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality- Sports Reporter for his work at NBC in 2013. When McGuire is not covering NHL hockey, he is an analyst for collegiate hockey on NBCSN. A former scout, coach and executive in the NHL, McGuire helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups as an assistant coach. His coaching career began at Hobart after a year as a professional hockey player in Europe. An English major at the Colleges, McGuire was a member of the hockey, football and squash teams, as well as Theta Delta Chi.
Fellow Statesman Schwartz, a sports correspondent for NBC’s affiliate in Minneapolis, Minn., first hit the world stage for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. “It’s an opportunity to cover the world’s biggest sporting event with some of the best in my profession,” he said in 2014.
Schwartz won an Emmy for on-camera talent at the 2011 Upper Midwest Emmy Awards in Minneapolis and won the 2012 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Award for Minnesota. After graduating from Hobart with a bachelor’s in economics, Schwartz earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Prior to joining KARE-TV as a sports multimedia journalist, Schwartz was a sports director at KTAL-TV in Shreveport, La.