Girls Cross Country
Gwyn Coogan has been coaching Cross Country at Phillips Exeter Academy since 2004. The 1983 Exeter graduate took up track for the first time at Smith College, where she went on to capture two NCAA Division III Championships in the 3,000 meters. She represented the USA on 5 World Cross Country Teams and ran the 10,000 meters for the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
With their own all dirt 5K Cross Country course on campus and the Exeter Town Forest a mile from campus, the team can stay local for most of their training, which includes tempo runs, farleks, pool running, plyometrics, hills, some track work, distance runs and of course cross training to help prevent injuries. Though the team meets to train 6 days a week, all training is geared to each individual’s abilities and fitness. Twenty-eight girls’ make up the girls Cross Country squad with times ranging from 19 minutes for a 5K to 27 minutes for a 5K.
PEA Girls XC seeks out as competitive a schedule as possible each year including invitational events here at their own PEACC race, at Choate, and at Northfield Mount Hermon. They travel to Boston to race in the Cod Fish Bowl at Franklin Park, and have numerous dual meets both home and away.
A member of Exeter's math faculty, Coogan holds a bachelor's degree from Smith and a doctorate from the University of Colorado. She has three children, one who attends Georgetown University, one who attends Phillips Exeter Academy and one who was dubbed Mr. Baseball by the local press simply because of his passion for the sport both as a player and as a fan.
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Boys Cross Country
After serving in an assistant-coaching role for the last five years, Brandon Newbould assumes head-coaching duties this year alongside coaches Nicholas Unger and Bill Jordan. Since joining the coaching staff, Brandon has guided the boys to three consecutive Interscholastic championship titles.
Under Brandon’s guidance, the boys’ cross-country program espouses values of competition and training that are integral to its consistent success. Honoring the opponent in competition is stressed at all times, as is supporting the team as one part of the whole, which has led to consistent depth through the varsity and junior-varsity squads.
Brandon moved east from his home in Alaska, and brings his love for the outdoors with him. He established the boys’ signature workout as a rough hill fartlek through a brushy course north of town. Brandon also leads the boys through the extensive trail systems around Exeter, and starts each season off with a long wilderness run through nearby Pawtuckaway State Park. Brandon competes himself as a member of the Whirlaway Racing Team, winning the USATFNE individual marathon championship in 2009 and 2013. In 2010, he finished third in an international field at the Gore-Tex® Transalpine race in Italy. He was also the USATFNE Mountain Running champion in 2013 and a top-50 finisher at the Boston Marathon that year.
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A.J. Cosgrove began working with the Exeter Soccer program in 1994. After spending his first year as the head JV coach, Coach Cosgrove assisted Coach Bill Dennehy with Boys Varsity Soccer for 13 years before assuming the responsibilities of head coach in 2008. Our team goal is simple; "We want to win the next game". The team has made the New England Class A tournament 3 of the past 5 seasons.
"Character, work ethic, athleticism, and of course soccer talent are the traits that I value the most in my players. Although many of our varsity players play soccer year round, the majority of our players are active in at least one additional varsity sport at Exeter. This is something that I take pride in encouraging and maintaining."
A member of the Science Department at Exeter since 1993, Cosgrove earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Geneseo State University in New York, and his Masters in Education from UMASS - Amherst.
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In this the fall of ’14, Rob Morris enters his 23rd year at the Academy. In addition to his duties as head football coach, Rob serves as the Director of Athletics and Instructor in Health. In his first nine years at the school, Rob served as an assistant coach at the varsity level on the staffs of Ed Frey and Bill Glennon. He has coached every position and served as offensive coordinator including one year as co-head coach. Rob served the Junior Varsity Team as head coach for twelve years and says that the experience at at level made him a “better coach and teacher of the game.”
The Exeter Football program has been one of the most consistently successful football programs in New England over the last three decades. Rob believes strongly in the capacity of football to teach lessons in life. Rob is a 2001 recipient of the Brown Family Teaching Award in recognition of outstanding teaching.
Rob spent an influential post graduate year at Tilton School in Tilton, NH. before matriculating and graduating from Springfield College with a BS in Health Education. The youngest of eight children, Rob grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts a product of the public schools there. He points out many influential coaches from his past, in several sports, as role models: Bruce MacPherson, Emerson Dickie, Cliff Somerville, Glen Pires and Jim Buchert at Melrose, Ken Hollingsworth at Tilton School, and Mike Delong and Jack Holik at Springfield College. Rob says his favorite sport growing up was always the sport he was currently playing: Football in the fall, track in the winter and baseball in the spring – he is a proponent of multiple sport participation.
Rob is a voracious reader; a lover of music and a regular at lunchtime pickup basketball.
Rob lives on campus along with his wife of 25 years, Cindy, and their four children: a boy 18 and three girl’s ages: 16, 14, and 12.
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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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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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