Lacrosse - Boys' Varsity
2022 Founders League Champions, 2021 Geico High School Lacrosse National 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 championship level teams with tremendous success against competitors such as Deerfield, Salisbury, Brunswick, Hotchkiss, Choate, Westminster, Loomis Chaffee, Avon Old Farms, Berkshire, Northfield Mount Hermon, Trinity-Pawling and Kent.
Most recently in 2022, Taft finished the season 16-3 and undefeated in the Founders League for just the second time since 2003 and finished the season ranked nationally in the top 10. In 2021, the team was the #1 ranked team in Inside Lacrosse's High School Power Rankings for seven consecutive weeks and concluded the season as the Geico High School Lacrosse National Champions. In the last four years, 40 players have matriculated to the next level and found homes in the ACC, Big 10, Ivy League, Patriot League and NESCAC among other conferences. The success of Taft lacrosse rests on the principles and tradition of hard work, selflessness, and dedication 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 Nic Bell
A graduate of Brown University with a degree in Modern American History, Nic serves as Associate Director of College Counseling and as Head Boys' Lacrosse Coach. Prior to joining Taft as an English teacher, Nic brings with him five years of college counseling experience as Assistant Director of College Counseling at Trinity-Pawling. He has significant experience working with related professional organizations — presenting at conferences, working with ACT and SAT on test administration, and liaison work with the NCAA. After receiving his degree, Nic joined the faculty of the Blue Ridge School, where he was recognized as the 2010 Virginia Independent Conference Coach of the Year. Nic joined the faculty of Trinity-Pawling School in 2011, where he served as an English teacher, college counselor, dorm parent and advisor, as well as the head coach of T-P’s highly competitive lacrosse program. In recognition of his success, Nic was honored as the 2012 New England West Coach of the Year. Since coming to Taft in 2018, the boys' lacrosse program has won a Founders League Championship and the Geico High School Lacrosse National Championship. He has been the head coach for Team New England and Conny for the Under Armour Underclass All-American games, is involved with various showcases including Juniors Open, Best in Class, Maverik Showtime, and the Prep School Summer Challenge. Nic lives on campus in the Carriage House with his wife, Ann, and their daughters, Mary Jo and Grier.