Coach Biography: Richard Lansdale
Head Coach, Boys' Thirds Squash
Rick holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from Middlebury College. During his sabbatical from Taft in 2005-06, Rick began the M. Ed program at Columbia University and finished that course of study in 2009. His professional interests include early 20th century American poetry, 19th century British novels, modern environmental literature and educational leadership. Rick began his teaching career at the Mercersburg Academy in 1980 and joined the Taft faculty in 1989. At Taft, Rick has taught English at all four grade levels and has been the director of the Independent Studies Program since 2000. Rick coached soccer and lacrosse at Taft for many years and is currently coaching in the squash program during the winter. An avid cyclist, he bicycled across the country in 1992. An amateur beekeeper, Rick watches anxiously over four hives of bees and is the adviser to the school’s nascent beekeeping club. Rick and his wife Jessica, a health care architect in New York City, live on campus in the Parents' Association Field House.