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Winter Athletes Honored

Athletes from Taft's winter sports teams were recently honored at the annual sports banquet. Captains for the next season were also recently named.

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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 Team

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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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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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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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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