Lacrosse - Boys' Varsity
2016 Founders League Champions
The boys' varsity lacrosse team is steeped in tradition and prides itself in developing outstanding lacrosse players. Founded in 1962, lacrosse has always been highly regarded at Taft, and the legacy today is as strong as ever. Competing in some of the most competitive lacrosse leagues in the nation, The Founders League and New England West - Division I, Taft has consistently fielded strong teams with tremendous success against competitors such as Deerfield, Salisbury, Hotchkiss, Westminster, and Choate.
Taft has witnessed many fine lacrosse players come through the program and subsequently enjoy success at some of the top Division I and III college programs in the nation. Since 2000, the year Taft was voted Tri-National Champion and ranked #1 in the country, student-athletes have consistently matriculated at schools in the Ivy League, ACC, Patriot League, ECAC, NESCAC and Centennial Conferences. The success of Taft lacrosse rests on the principles and tradition of hard work, dedication, and teamwork in the true spirit of the game. The program continues to attract some of the finest scholar-athletes, building upon this excellent tradition and ensuring its future success.
About Coach Bender
Jon Bender has taught Spanish at Taft since 2011. Before Taft, Jon worked at St. Edmond's Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, where he taught English and Spanish, served as head of the Spanish Department, and coached JV soccer and lacrosse. He studied Spanish and education at The University of Arizona and Wilmington College (DE). Jon holds a Master’s degree with a concentration in linguistics from Middlebury College. Jon has taught all levels of Spanish, from I to IV.
At Taft, Jon has served as both the lower mid and mid class dean. He has lead student trips to Spain and Guatemala and served as an admissions officer for Taft in Latin America. He has coached boys' fourths and JV soccer, boys' thirds hockey, and boys' JV lacrosse. He has served as an assistant coach on the boys' varsity lacrosse team since the 2012 season, and as the assistant coach of the boys' JV hockey team since 2013. Jon has been a dorm head in CPT, and currently serves there as an adjunct faculty parent. Jon lives off campus with his wife Debi and daughters, Elsie and Tish.
About Coach Madden
Rob graduated from Amherst College after four years at Taft. While in college, he captained the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams and was selected to the Second-Team All-NESCAC soccer team. Graduating with a degree in Spanish, Rob rejoined the Taft community as a Spanish teacher and sports information director in 2007. Rob served as head coach for girls’ varsity soccer for three years and assisted boys’ varsity lacrosse for four years. He then left Taft to pursue a Master of Science at the Mark H. McCormack School of Sports Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. While at UMass, Rob assisted the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team, working primarily with the defense. Rob returned to Taft in 2012 as a member of the admissions team, and assumed his current role of co-director of athletics in 2013. He currently head coaches girls' varsity soccer and assists boys’ varsity lacrosse. Rob lives on campus with his wife, Kara Zarchin, two children, Conor and Laurel, and dog, Quinn.