Winter Coaches

Winter Indoor Track & Field

Coach Coder

Coach Hilary Coder has coached track and field at Exeter for 25 years. Her approach and key to success has been simple: Take great kids who want to learn and work and find coaches whose love for and knowledge of the sport is apparent and combine the two.

Indoor Track at Exeter continues to grow and thrive. A combination of track specialists and other serious athletes training for other spring sports creates a formidable group which competes against a variety of opponents throughout the winter months. There is competition for JVs against other comparable athletes as well as the highest level of challenge (open meets at colleges and the National High School Scholastic Championship in New York) for our most serious and accomplished athletes.

Supported by a number of experienced coaches, Coach Coder is a USA Track and Field certified Level II coach in all event groups. Only a handful of high school coaches in the country hold that level and breadth of certification. One step away from Level III recognition, Coach Coder loves indoor track for the chaos and energy that only indoor track can duplicate. She was a New England Champion high jumper in high school and was also an athlete at Penn State before coming to Exeter.

Coach Coder is also the head coach of Spring Outdoor Track & Field and Soccer at Exeter.

Send email to Coach Hilary Coder.


Coach Hudson

This is Dave Hudson's second tenure at Exeter. This time he's back as chair of the physical education department and wrestling coach.

Hudson also coached Exeter wrestling from 1982 to 1991. He then moved on to St. Lawrence University, where he coached wrestling from 1991 to 1995. He spent the next four years at Governor Dummer Academy as athletic director and wrestling coach. In 1999 Hudson returned to Exeter.

After serving as an assistant wrestling coach under Ethan Shapiro for two years, Hudson took over as head coach six years ago. Shapiro, now the Director of Summer School, stayed on as an assistant coach. "We have the exact, same philosophy," Hudson said. Either Hudson or Shapiro has coached the team since 1985. During that time, Exeter has won 12 Class A championships and eight New England titles.

Send email to Coach Dave Hudson.

Boys Swimming and Diving

Coach Mills

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”. 

Send email to Coach Don Mills.

Boys and Girls Squash

Coach Brussel

Fred Brussel is entering his third year as the Head Squash Coach at Phillips Exeter Academy after having served as an assistant squash and tennis coach at Exeter since 2001. He brings over 20 years of coaching experience having previously been the Head Squash Coach at The United States Military Academy at Westpoint and at Colby College. In addition to coaching, he was a squash instructor at the Uptown Racquet Club in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Club.

Exeter has sent squash players to Harvard, Brown, MIT, and Williams in the last 4 years. Over the past 20 years Exeter has sent squash players to every major Division 1 and Division III college program, Exeter has a proud history of developing squash players who keep playing the sport for life. Fred notes that the Fisher Squash Center is one of the premier squash facilities in the whole country. Its outstanding design makes it ideal for playing, coaching, and hosting competitions. Indeed, since we celebrated the completion of the Fisher Squash Center in October 2005, Exeter has hosted the Annual New England Interscholastic Squash Championships every other season.

Exeter remains grateful to the Fisher family for their support of the Fisher Squash Center where every day students advance in athleticism, sportsmanship and skill.

Send email to Coach Brussel

Boys Basketball

Coach Tilton

Entering his 13th season with the Big Red, Coach Tilton has guided multiple playoff teams to the prestigious NEPSAC tournament. In 2012-13, Exeter amassed a 25-1 record—the most in school history—and celebrated the program's first NEPSAC Championship. In 2013-14, Big Red basketball followed with 17 victories and celebrated its 2nd consecutive Class A title. Eight players have received All League recognition over the past 3 years. In 2012-13, Tilton was awarded Class A Coach Of The Year.

Phillips Exeter basketball continues to serve as a springboard program for aspiring collegiate athletes. Since 2007, Exeter has produced 16 Division 1 and 32 Division 3 players at many of the elite academic colleges and universities across the country, including two All-Ivy players and a Division 3 National Rookie of the Year.

A 1992 graduate of Hobart College, Tilton served as the men's Assistant Basketball Coach at Dartmouth College in the Ivy League from 1997-2001. Tilton also coached an Exeter alumni team to a 6-0 record versus professional teams in Iceland, Sweden and Denmark in the summer of 2013.

Tilton serves as the Associate Director of Admissions and lives on campus with his wife Darcy.

Send e-mail to Coach Jay Tilton.