Boys’ thirds tennis is the final tier of tennis teams that has an interscholastic roster. There are usually about ten competitions in the season against Taft’s rival schools, with a fairly even split between home and away matches. In the beginning of the season, it usually takes about two weeks for the team to form as cuts are made from the varsity and junior varsity squads. Most of the players on the thirds team are advanced beginners to intermediate level players, but as Taft has a competitive tennis program, the level of play is serious—as many players hone their game in anticipation of continued participation in Taft’s tennis program. The boys’ thirds tennis team carries between ten and twelve players, with nearly all members of the squad seeing play during matches. Competitions are decided on a best-of-seven-point system, with six singles matches counting for one point each and the collective doubles matches (of which there are three) counting as a single point. In 2016, the team finished with a 7-2 record.
After graduating from Taft in 1984, Joe attended Wesleyan University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics. He later received his master’s degree in mathematics from Rhode Island College. Joe comes to Taft with a wealth of experience in teaching mathematics to high school students, most recently teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, Precalculus, and AP Calculus AB & BC at Guilford High School. Joe introduced BC Calculus to the Guilford High School curriculum and co-authored the Guilford district mathematics curriculum. Prior to teaching at Guilford High School, Joe taught at Friends Seminary in New York, as well as The Alperin Schechter School and The Wheeler School, both in Providence, Rhode Island. Joe is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honor Society, and he is the recipient of the 2012 Guilford Fund for Education, the Beinecke Memorial Scholarship (one of seven awarded nationally), and the Ford Foundation Research Grant at Wesleyan. Joe teaches mathematics, coaches intramural squash and boys’ thirds tennis, and serves as a dormitory associate on CPT2. He lives in Watertown.