Pat Kavanagh ’19 starts the season off strong for Notre Dame lacrosse.
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.
Derek has coached a range of volleyball teams, from middle school to college, and Hawaii to Massachusetts, including the Boston University women's' club volleyball team, guiding the program to a New England Regional Championship and helping them climb the national rankings to as high as the 11th position.
Boys' Varsity Hockey
Ryan Shannon '01 returns to Taft to lead the hockey team once again--this time from the coaches box.
Girls' Varsity Golf
As a coach, Ginger is as interested in modeling character and a commitment to service as she is to instilling a love of the game.
Boys' Varsity Lacrosse
Nic comes to Taft with a storied history as an exceptional prep school coach.
Girls' Varsity Basketball
Coach Willson's teams change from year to year, but all have play unselfishly,smart, and with honor.
Girls' Varsity Lacrosse
Boys' Varsity Squash
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.
An accomplished and highly-regarded golfer, Coach Kenerson has led his teams to six Founders League championships.
Girls' Cross Country
Lisa Klein's own experience as a four-time individual state champion in cross country helps her develop strong runners at Taft.
Tom's academic focus is on history; his softball teams have made some of their own.
A scholar, an athlete, and a Rhino through and through, Tyler Whitley returned to his alma mater in 2012 to lead the football team.
Boys' Cross Country
A celebrated and record-holding runner, Stuart Guthrie brings both his experience and his enthusiasm to Taft's cross country team.
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.
Crew Program Director
Boys' Varsity Crew
Will Shotwell brings a world of experience to the water and to the classroom.
Boys' and Girls' Track
Long-time track coach Steve McCabe and his family are deeply ingrained in the fabric of the Taft community.
Coach Johnson has a lifetime of experience on the hill as both competitor and coach.
Boys' Varsity Tennis
Peter has taken to the Taft courts as both student and coach. His legendary coaching career now spans 30 years.
Boys' Varsity Basketball
Throughout his life and career, Shavar has been recognized as a leader, and celebrated for his sportsmanship.
Co-Director of Athletics
Girls' Varsity Soccer
Robert has a long history with Taft School, including time as a celebrated student-athlete, and highly respected coach.
Boys' Varsity Soccer
Ozzie is an award-winning coach who has earned tremendous respect both on and off the field. He was recently named 2016 Connecticut Large Prep School Coach of the Year.
Girls' Varsity Hockey
You don’t have to be a sports fan to remember women’s hockey making its debut at the Olympic Winter Games in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. The U.S. would go on to win the first gold medal in women's hockey history, in game against Canada where Taft’s own Gretchen Silverman scored a goal.