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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 Team

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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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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Shavar Bernier

Head Coach

Boys' Varsity Basketball

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

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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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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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