Basketball - Girls' Varsity
2022-23 New England Class A Quarter-Finalists
2018-19 New England Quarter-Finalists
2017-18 NE8 Finalists, New England Quarter-Finalists
2016-17 New England Quarter-Finalists
2015-16 Northeast 8 Finalists
2014-15 Northeast 8 Finalists
The Taft girls' varsity basketball program is one that reflects the culture of Taft more broadly; just as Taft seeks to educate the whole student in a caring environment, the girls' basketball coaches seek to help players develop their basketball skills and understanding within a strong and supportive team framework. While the team’s defenses and offenses vary from year to year based on the players' talents and experience, the common denominator is an emphasis on team defense and unselfish offense, as well as on playing hard, playing smart, and playing with honor.
Recent graduates who played or are still playing college ball are Lauren Pelosi '18 (Amherst College '22), Amara Chidom '18 (Pomona-Pitzer '22), Kayla Robinson '19 (Haverford College '23), Mya Hicks '23 (Bates College '27), Petra Kuncz '23 (Bates College '27), and Skye Shepherd '23 (Kenyon College '27).
About Head Coach Morgan Manz '13
A Connecticut native, Morgan was a three-sport athlete during her time at Taft, excelling in volleyball, basketball, and golf. During her time on campus, she won two Founders League titles in basketball, and was named a Founders League and NEPSAC All-Star.
After Taft, Morgan attended Quinnipiac University, where she majored in health science studies and was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team. A three-time member of the MAAC All-Academic team, Morgan was a key contributor on Quinnipiac’s team that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 during her senior campaign.
After graduation, Morgan served a two-year residency at Northfield Mount Hermon while earning her master of science in education from the University of Pennsylvania. While at NMH, Morgan served as an assistant coach for the girls’ volleyball and basketball teams. After completing her residency, Morgan returned to Quinnipiac for stint as the director of program development and operations for the women’s basketball team. In this role, she managed all off-court activities for the program, while also assisting with the team’s community development program. Currently, Morgan serves as a member of the science department.
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