Softball - Varsity
Taft varsity softball is a highly competitive program, which prides itself on developing outstanding players and more importantly, outstanding people. The softball program has enjoyed a tremendous surge of talent over the last few years as the team has become regarded amongst the top teams in New England. Recently, many players have gone on to enjoy successful and fulfilling collegiate careers at both the Division I and Division III levels. The regular season consists of about fifteen games in the Founders’ League as well as a number of independent games with other private schools. The softball field underwent renovations in 2016, adding a new brick backstop and clay infield.
The team's recent success is a product of skill development and fostering a positive environment. Practices and training are built around improving individual skills and developing communication. More important than the skills, the coaching staff is dedicated to creating a family amongst the players and coaches and having fun on and off the field. Part of that "family" philosophy is designed to instill confidence, determination, and kindness—characteristics that will make for successful young women. It is the hope of the coaching staff that the softball players at Taft will enjoy many successful seasons independent of the final tally of victories.
2016 Western New England Semi-Finalist
2015 Western New England Finalists
2012 Western New England Champions
2012 Founders League Champions
2011 Western New England Finalists
About Head Coach Tom Antonucci
Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of New Hampshire, with a concentration in modern America. As an undergraduate student, he was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society; earned university honors; and was elected to the History Undergraduate Committee, where he attended history department meetings as a student representative. Tom’s thesis centered on the Navajo code talkers and their role in the military. Tom earned a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in European studies and worked as a paid intern at Souhegan High School, a member of Coalition of Essential Schools, in Amherst, New Hampshire. He taught freshman American Studies and served as junior varsity baseball coach. Upon graduation, Tom joined Kimball Union Academy, a Lakes Region school, to begin his teaching career. For the next four years, he taught Modern World History, U.S. History, and AP U.S. History. He served as dormitory head and coached football, ice hockey, baseball, and softball—winning a Lakes Region title in 2004. Tom also served on a number of committees, including the honor board and student life, which created the Statement of Inclusion. At Taft, Tom is a member of the history department, teaching AP U.S. History and Approaches to History, and coaches varsity softball. Tom lives on campus with his wife, Kristin, and their two daughters.
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