Spring Outdoor Track & Field
“No one said it would be easy. They just said it would be worth it.”
Amazing facilities, motivated athletes and coaches who are dedicated to continual growth are the anchors of Exeter’s Track & Field program. Successful for decades, Exeter expects to be in the top three teams in New England every year. Dual boys and girls Champions in 2005 and Girls first in 2007 are the most recent team accomplishments. More than our fair share of New England Individual MVP’s and Gold medalists fill our hallways with hardware. There is even a National title from 2000 from which to draw pride and respect.
Coach Hilary Coder lists other areas of pride to include the numbers of athletes (12% of the school) who participate in Track at Exeter. She is also proud of the statistic that athletes leave the program motivated to continue their progress at the next level. But, most importantly, is the fact that virtually every athlete continues to improve within the structure of the program. There is always another layer of knowledge to disseminate to find the path toward faster times and longer distances if the athlete is also willing to put in the time and work.
The coaching staff at Exeter is deep and experienced. Our throws coaches are among the best in the business. One staff member is an Olympian! Another was on a team that held a world relay mark. All of us have a deep love for the sport. Coach Coder holds a USA Track and Field Level II certification for all event groups. Only a handful of high school coaches in the country hold that level and breadth of certification. A multi-eventer at Penn State University and a New England Champion High Jumper is a clue that she has been a track enthusiast for decades.
Coach Coder is also the head coach of Winter Indoor Track & Field and Soccer at Exeter.
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Coach Barbin began coaching football, hockey and baseball at PEA in the fall of 1987. He assisted the legendary Bill Dennehy in baseball for twenty-six years until Dennehy’s recent retirement in 2013. During that time Exeter Baseball won the CNEPBL Championship three times.
From 1989-1999, Barbin served as the school’s Athletic Director. In addition he is also the head coach of the Boys Varsity Hockey Team.
Barbin is married to Marianne Billing Barbin, Assistant to the Athletic Director. They have a 18 year-old son, Henrik.
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Fred Brussel beginning his second year as the Head Boys Varsity Tennis Coach at Phillips Exeter Academy after guiding the team to its first ever New England Championship. After having served as the Boys and Girls Varsity B’s tennis coach at various times at Exeter since 2001. He is also Exeter’s Head Boys and Girls Varsity Squash Coach. He brings over 20 years of coaching experience to racquet sports; having previously been the Head Men’s tennis (and Squash) coach at Colby College.
Exeter has sent graduate tennis players to many notable colleges and universities like Harvard, Brown, MIT, and Williams. Over the past 20 years Exeter has sent tennis players to every major Division 1 and Division III college program. Exeter has a proud history of developing tennis players who keep playing the sport for life. The 14 outdoor tennis courts give everyone at Exeter an ample amount of opportunity to play the game of tennis.
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Don Mills started with the water polo program in 2002 as an assistant under legendary coach and program founder Roger Nekton. Mills assumed the head job in 2005 of both the water polo and swimming teams and his teams have gone on to win three New England titles and earn eight all-American honors.
Mills is a member of the physical education department since ’02 and serves as the Director of the Ninth Grade Physical Education Program. The Plymouth State University grad is also the head coach of the varsity cycling team which has earned seven New England titles.
Coach Mills heads Wentworth Hall where he resides with his wife Susan, daughter Audrey and son Charlie. The three time all-American tri-athlete is a proponent of physical fitness for the entire Exeter community. Mills’ philosophy; "They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care".
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Sally Morris has coached rowing from 1985 to the present. She arrived at Exeter in 2006, and the girls have had tremendous success under her guidance, winning frequently in the first, second, and third eights event at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) Championship Regatta, along with the Team Point Trophy. The girls first eight has been moving towards top in the Youth Nationals, with finishes between fifth and second thus far. Her rowers nominated her to win USRowing's 1st Annual Fan's Choice Award for Best Junior Coach 2011. In 2012 the girls' first eight won the Peabody Cup at the Henley Women's Regatta in Henley on Thames, England. Morris attributes the success of the girls to the depth of the program and the dedication of the athletes, the strength of the coaching staff, and the support the Academy provides to Exeter Crew.
A native of Northborough, Massachusetts, Morris was a four year varsity letter-winner with the crew program at Trinity College in Connecticut where she graduated in 1985. As a classical languages teaching intern directly out of college, Morris joined the crew coaching staff at Brooks School, in addition to coaching field hockey and basketball, where she settled in as a teacher and a coach for the next twenty years. Under her guidance, the Brooks' fours enjoyed exceptional success, capturing four NEIRA Regatta Championships in 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2005 as well as two USRowing Youth National Championships in 2004 and 2005. Along the way, Morris has seen her rowers move on to successful college programs as well as to compete at the world class and Olympic levels. Department Chair and instructor in Classical Languages, Morris earned a Masters in Classics from Tufts University in 1990. In addition to co-leading the biannual Rome Study Tour for classics students and working for Exeter's Winter Term in Rome program, she is an active member of numerous classical societies.
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Girls varsity lax, led by Christina Doykos Breen and Shane Lapointe, is all about team. Win/loss records fluctuate, but the team ethics of determination, fitness, sportsmanship and skill-building remain paramount from year to year. Each season, between 5 and 10 players go on to play college lacrosse, where girls can continue to foster a love for the game that began at Exeter.
The program emphasizes speed, stick dexterity and disciplined strategy, making it fairly easy for new players to get on board and learn both our offense and defense. We study the development of the game at the college level and apply best practices to our approach to strength, conditioning, play-making, and team dynamics.
Christina Doykos Breen began working at Exeter in 2008, and was named head coach of the girls varsity team for the 2013 season. She has coached lacrosse since 1994, when she graduated as a four-year varsity athlete and record holder from Tufts. While at the St. Mark’s School, she lead the program to two undefeated seasons and a top ten national ranking, and played key roles in All-American and All-New England select teams. She teaches English at Exeter, is dorm head, and lives with her husband and three lacrosse-playing sons.
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Nancy Thompson came to Exeter in 2006 as Director of Nursing at Lamont Health and Wellness Center. She joined the Exeter Softball program in the Spring of 2007 as an assistant coach and became Co-head coach in Spring of 2008.
Thompson received her Bachelors degree from Boston College where she played both softball and field hockey, and did her graduate work at Simmons College.
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Tyler Caldwell was a tri-varsity athlete all four years at St. Andrew’s School, a boarding school in Middletown, DE where he grew up. He captained all three - soccer, swimming and crew - in his senior year. He graduated from Harvard in 2011, where he was a member of the Varsity Lightweight team for four years. Tyler’s senior year, he and his teammates won the Eastern Sprints title as his team reclaimed the Jope Cup as the most successful lightweight program.
Since arriving in 2011, Tyler has been a Club Crew coach, Head Coach of JV Boys Soccer, and Assistant Varsity Boys Crew Coach. In 2013, he was named head coach of the varsity boys program.
Crew is the ultimate team sport. Rowing in an eight successfully requires all eight bodies, nine including the coxswain, to move the boat together through perfect synchronization. Thus, the program emphasizes teamwork as well as technique, training and competition. A few members of the varsity team participate in club crew each fall, but we encourage students to participate and excel in other sports; these experiences in competitive sports are invaluable to a student’s development as an athlete. We also emphasize cross-training, strength and flexibility.
Caldwell teaches English at Exeter and lives in Soule Hall. Send email to Coach Caldwell.
Bruce Shang came to Exeter in 2008 with a passion for teaching, fitness and sports. Since joining the PE department he has had the opportunity to coach a multitude of sports, including his personal favorite, volleyball. He has been lucky enough to be head coach of girls' varsity volleyball since 2011. This year, Shang is thrilled to be coaching boys' varsity volleyball, a program brand new to the school in the spring of 2014.
Before joining the volleyball program, Shang coached boys' varsity soccer, junior varsity basketball, varsity winter track, and varsity spring track. During the winter seasons, Coach Shang works with varsity and junior varsity squash.
Bruce Shang has a B.S. in Exercise Science from Rutgers University and a M.A. in Health Education from The College of New Jersey. He served as an assistant coach to the Rutgers University women's volleyball team for 3 years. Coach Shang was the head coach of SF Juniors Volleyball Club, and participated as head coach for the following volleyball camps: Nike, University of San Francisco, Rutgers University, and Fairfield University. In the past he has worked as an ACE certified personal trainer at New York Sports Club.
Prior to coming to Exeter, Shang was teaching and coaching at The San Francisco School. At S.F.S. he was the athletic director, physical education teacher, and health education teacher. He also coached the cross-country team, junior varsity and varsity volleyball, junior varsity and varsity boy's and girl's basketball teams, and junior varsity and varsity futsal soccer teams.
Bruce Shang is a NSCA certified strength and conditioning coach. He's obtained a level 1 certification in Track and Field, a level 1, 2, and 3, certification in Goalkeeping, and received a NSCAA national diploma for soccer.
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