The Taft girls' cross country program aims to be an inclusive program for both competitive and beginning runners. The coaches work to develop each runner to her fullest potential and foster a strong sense of teamwork in what is often perceived to be an individual sport. Workouts are stratified to meet the training needs of each runner, challenging those who aim to be collegiate athletes and encouraging those who are new to the sport. Our daily runs vary in their format, including distance runs, hill repeats, track workouts, and fartlek running, and the team takes one day per week to cross train with weights, yoga, or Zumba. The coaches' overall goal is to instill a life-long love of running in each graduate of the program.
Steve began teaching at Taft in the fall of 1985 and has taught a variety of courses from lower mid English to a range of senior electives. He is a longtime coach of cross country, ice hockey, and track, having played hockey throughout his life and having competed every season in cross country, indoor and outdoor track throughout college. A Class Dean for ten years, he now serves as the Associate Dean of Faculty, working closely with new faculty and teaching fellows during their first two years at Taft. Nearly every afternoon, Steve can be found in the office with students conducting paper conferences, giving grammar extra-help, or out on the fields and local trails with the cross-country team. Steve and Karla (math department) live on campus and spend their summers in the woods of southern New Hampshire, working on their 1834 house, running the trails, and supporting local conservation.