Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been on the radar for residents of western Florida since the Tampa Bay Times posted an article on Oct. 25 titled “Hobart College Alumni Love: Buc’s Ali Marpet Has Big Fan in NBC’s Pierre McGuire.”
In the article, Times sports columnist Tom Jones writes that NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire ’83 had discussed Buccaneer’s offensive lineman Ali Marpet ’15 while calling a hockey game on NBCSN. Jones notes that the two Hobart alumni played football at the College, and that McGuire, also a member of the Statesmen’s hockey and baseball teams, was Hobart’s last three-sport athlete.
Marpet became the highest Division III player that has ever been selected in the NFL Draft when he was taken by the Buccaneers in the second round in 2015. At Hobart, Marpet was a three-year starter at left tackle. The three-time first team All-Liberty League selection served as a team captain as a junior and senior. Marpet was named a 2014 All-American by the AFCA, the Associated Press and D3football.com. He was also the 2014 Liberty League Co-Offensive Player of the Year, the first offensive lineman to ever win the award. In his four seasons at Hobart, Marpet and his classmates posted a 41-5 record and captured four consecutive Liberty League Championships. He returned this fall to attend Hobart’s game against Union and sign autographs for local youth athletes. In October, he signed a five-year contract extension with the Buccaneers.
McGuire is an Emmy Award-winning analyst for NBC’s “Inside the Glass” and NBC Sports Network’s NHL coverage who returns regularly to the HWS campus to talk to students about careers and leadership. Most recently, McGuire returned to campus and offered a Professionals in Residence address on “Careers in Sports” with Jeremy N. Foley ’74, athletic director emeritus of the University of Florida. Following his graduation, he played professional hockey in Europe for a year before returning to Hobart to coach hockey. He also coached at Babson College and St. Lawrence University, and was a scout, coach and executive in the NHL. He has also broadcast from seven consecutive Olympic games.