Volleyball - Varsity
The Taft volleyball team is regarded as one of the top teams in New England's Class A Division. Prior to Coach O'Shea's arrival in 2001, the Taft volleyball team had never qualified for post-season play. Since then, the team has logged an impressive tournament record, with 13 New England Tournament appearances as quarter finalists, semi-finalists, and finalists.
Taft was the first private school to receive the Sportsmanship Award from the Connecticut Officials' Association. The team has been honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for academic excellence and has received the AVCA Team Academic Award for the past 12 years.
In addition to their dedication to excellence on the court, in the classroom, and across the campus, volleyball players at Taft commit their time and energy to supporting various community service organizations, such as Project Window, a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for girls living in low-income housing. Wearing pink uniforms, players have raised breast cancer awareness, and contributed more than $8,500 to the Dig Pink organization. The team also hosts clinics for Special Olympians in the community throughout the academic year.
About Head Coach Ginger O'Shea
Ginger taught at Boca Raton Academy, now a Pine Crest School, for five years before moving back to the north to earn a master’s degree in psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She then taught and coached at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York, for 14 years before joining the Taft faculty. Her duties at Taft now include teaching adolescent psychology to upper mids and seniors as well as working as a full-time admission officer. Ginger is also head coach for the girls’ varsity volleyball and golf teams. As a volleyball coach, Ginger has a career winning record of 74 percent with a tally of 464-166 and 22 tournament appearances at three schools. In 2000 and 2004 Ginger was recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for her tremendous contributions to the athletic community. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Victory Club Award for achieving 400 career wins. Ginger’s team is the only one in the New England Prep School League to be presented the All-Academic Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The girls’ varsity golf team was started in 2004 under Ginger’s direction, and the team has already posted an undefeated season. Ginger lives on campus with her husband and children. She is also a triathlete and a competitive golfer.
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