Voulgaris chosen to lead Big Red football program

Experienced educator to join Exeter physical education and athletics departments as an instructor, coach.

Brian Muldoon
April 1, 2021
Phillips Exeter Academy Football Panos Voulgaris

The Exeter Athletics Department has announced Panos Voulgaris as the next head coach of the Big Red football program and as a new instructor in the Academy's Physical Education Department.

“I am both thrilled and honored to be selected as the next head coach and PE instructor at Exeter,” said Voulgaris. “I’ve always admired the Academy from afar, and I’m looking forward to getting immersed in the community and on the field with our student-athletes and coaches.”

Voulgaris, who earned his bachelor's degree and played football at Merrimack College prior to earning his master's at Harvard University, is an experienced educator. He has spent the past 14 years as a teacher, administrator and head coach at Noble & Greenough School, Episcopal High School and The Taft School.

“Panos has proven to be committed to supporting and championing all aspects of life on a boarding school campus,” said Big Red Athletics Director Jason Baseden. “He strives to enrich the total student experience, and I am confident his impact will reach far beyond the Physical Education Department and football field. We couldn’t be happier to welcome him and his family to our community.” 

Voulgaris joins the Exeter community after spending the past three years at Noble & Greenough School, where he served as an instructor in history, assistant director of admissions, dorm parent and head football coach. Voulgaris found success in his first season on the sideline at Nobles, leading the football team to an 8-1 season and a victory in the NEPSAC Conroy Bowl.

Voulgaris enjoyed similar on-field success at Episcopal, rebuilding the Maroon program into a regional power. Episcopal put together a string of five straight winning seasons and conference championships in 2015 and 2016.

He got his first head coaching opportunity at The Taft School in 2007 when he took over a program that had lost 51 of its previous 56 games. The trajectory of the program quickly reversed course as Voulgaris led Taft to an 8-0 season and a New England title just four seasons later.

Throughout his coaching career, Voulgaris has filled his programs with student-athletes from all over the country and helped place more than 100 former student-athletes into top collegiate programs in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, including programs in the Big Ten, ACC, Pac-12, Ivy League, Patriot League and NESCAC.

Panos (pronounced Pah-no) and his wife Shannon — a career teacher and coach — have three children: James (5), George (4), and Charley (2).