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Overview & Philosophy

Taft’s athletic program is an integral component of school life.

From participants in our intramural programs to elite athletes preparing for competitive careers at the college level, Taft students are taught the value of health and wellness, the importance of a lifelong commitment to fitness, and the enjoyment that participating in all forms of athletics can bring.

In building one of the most successful athletic programs in New England, our coaches encourage fair play, respect for opponents, a love of the game, competitive spirit, and team loyalty. As a result, our students leave Taft with an understanding of hard work and good sportsmanship, a sense of responsibility to one’s team and teammates, the ability to set goals, and an overall commitment to healthy living through physical activity.

Meet Our Varsity Coaches

Ryan Shannon '01

Head Coach

Boys' Varsity Hockey

Ryan Shannon '01 returns to Taft to lead the hockey team once again--this time from the coaches box.

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Ginger O'Shea

Head Coach

Volleyball and Girls' Varsity Golf

Ginger is the head coach of two highly decorated varsity teams at Taft. As a coach, she is as interested in modeling character and a commitment to service as she is to instilling a love of the game.

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Nicolas Bell

Head Coach

Boys' Varsity Lacrosse

Nic comes to Taft with a storied history as an exceptional prep school coach.

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Jon Willson '82

Head Coach

Girls' Varsity Basketball

Coach Willson's teams change from year  to year, but all have play unselfishly,smart, and with honor. 

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John Piacenza

Head Coach

Baseball

Taft's baseball team plays on one of the finest fields in the league, and is led by one of the finest coaches anywhere.

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Kate Pistel

Head Coach
Girls' Varsity Lacrosse
Boys' Varsity Squash

Assistant Coach
Girls' Varsity Soccer


A highly decorated athlete and scholar in both high school and college, Kate Pistel brings her talent and sportsmanship to Taft's playing fields.

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John Kenerson '82

Head Coach

Boys' Golf 

An accomplished and highly-regarded golfer, Coach Kenerson has led his teams to six Founders League championships.

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Greg Hawes '85

Head Coach
Wrestling

First as a student at Taft and now as a coach, Greg Hawes brings a love for the sport and a competitive spirit to the wrestling program.
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Lisa Klein

Head Coach
Girls' Cross Country

 

Lisa Klein's own experience as a four-time individual state champion in cross country helps her develop strong runners at Taft. 

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Tom Antonucci

Head Coach
Softball

Tom's academic focus is on history; his softball teams have made some of their own.

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Tyler Whitley '04

Head Coach
Varsity Football

 

A scholar, an athlete, and a Rhino through and through, Tyler Whitley returned to his alma mater in 2012 to lead the football team.

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Stuart Guthrie

Head Coach 
Boys' Cross Country

 

A celebrated and record-holding runner, Stuart Guthrie brings both his experience and his enthusiasm to Taft's cross country team.

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Jennifer Chandler

Head Coach
Girls' Varsity Squash
Girls' Varsity Tennis


Whether it is indoors in the winter or outdoors in the spring, Jennifer Chandler is at home on the court and with a racquet in her hand.
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Will Shotwell

Crew Program Director
Head Coach
Boys' Varsity Crew


Will Shotwell brings a world of experience to the water and to the classroom.
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Steve McCabe

Head Coach
Boys' and Girls' Track


Long-time track coach Steve McCabe and his family are deeply ingrained in the fabric of the Taft community.
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Kurt Johnson

Head Coach

Skiing

Coach Johnson has a lifetime of experience on the hill as both competitor and coach.

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Carly Borken

Head Coach

Girls' Crew


Carly comes from a long line of rowers and rowing coaches. She brought her family's passion to Taft, and changed the program in the process.

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Peter Frew '75

Head Coach

Boys' Varsity Tennis


Peter has taken to the Taft courts as both student and coach. His legendary coaching career now spans 30 years.

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Shavar Bernier

Head Coach

Boys' Varsity Basketball

Throughout his life and career, Shavar has been recognized as a leader, and celebrated for his sportsmanship.

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Robert Madden '03

Co-Director of Athletics

Head Coach

Girls' Varsity Soccer

Robert has a long history with Taft School, including time as a celebrated student-athlete, and highly respected coach.

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Rachael Ryan

Co-Director of Athletics

Head Coach

Field Hockey

Rachael is role model for her peers and players on the field and in the community.

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Ozzie Parente

Head Coach

Boys' Varsity Soccer

Ozzie is an award-winning coach who has earned tremendous respect both on and off the field. He was recently named 2016 Connecticut Large Prep School Coach of the Year.

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Gretchen Silverman

Head Coach

Girls' Varsity Hockey

You don’t have to be a sports fan to remember women’s hockey making its debut at the Olympic Winter Games in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. The U.S. would go on to win the first gold medal in women's hockey history, in game against Canada where Taft’s own Gretchen Silverman scored a goal.

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