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News & Announcements
A number of Taft athletes were named to 2023-23 Winter Season All-NEPSAC or All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention rosters.
Boys' hockey caps off their season with a championship, girls' hockey falls in final, girls' basketball loses in quarterfinal game, while girls' squash, wrestling, and skiing all finished their season's on a high note.
Robinson ’19 continues to be a standout on the court; named All-CC defensive player of the year, All-CC second team.
Fourteen student-athletes across seven sports participated in the second of three National Signing Days Wednesday evening, February 1, in Bingham Auditorium.
Overview & Philosophy
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.
Meet Our Varsity Coaches
Boys' Varsity Hockey
Ryan Shannon '01 returns to Taft to lead the hockey team once again--this time from the coaches box.
Girls' Varsity Hockey
Mackenzie comes to Taft to lead the girl's varsity hockey team.
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.
An accomplished and highly-regarded golfer, Coach Kenerson has led his teams to six Founders League championships.
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.
Girls' Varsity Squash
Jennifer Chandler is at home on the court and with a racquet in her hand.
Crew Program Director
Girls' 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.
Girls' Varsity Tennis
Alex brings her great tennis knowledge to Taft to lead to the girls' varsity tennis squad.
Girls' Varsity Lacrosse
A 2013 graduate, Morgan returned to Taft to lead the varsity volleyball team.
Varsity Ski Racing
Jeremy has been coaching at Taft for eight years, and it has been a highlight in his coaching career!
Girls' Varsity Soccer
Sam brings his soccer experience to Taft to head the girls' varsity soccer team.
Varsity Field Hockey
Girls' Varsity Cross Country
Boys' Varsity Cross Country
Al took the reins of the boys' varsity cross country team in the fall of 2021 after serving as an assistant for eight years.
Boys' Varsity Crew
Martin brings a passion for developing student athletes and for competitive racing to the Taft crew program.
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.
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.