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Athletics

Coaching Staff

Cross Country

Brian Cook
brian.cook@danahall.org
Varsity Cross Country Coach
What sports do you coach at Dana?
Cross Country

How many years have you coached at Dana?
Cross Country: 7 years; JV II Basketball: 1 year

Team accomplishments at Dana?
EIL - 2nd place ( 2015 ); EIL - 3rd place ( 2016, 2018 ); NEPSTA DIII - 2nd place ( 2016 ); 3 league MVPs

What else do you do at Dana (teach, job,etc.)? 
Social Studies Dept. Head

What are your personal ( non-athletic ) interests?
Reading historical biographies and cooking

What sports did you play in college?
Track and Field ( High Jump )

Why do you coach? What makes coaching at Dana Hall special to you?
The spirit and camaraderie of the athletes, the positive sporting attitude of all teams in the EIL, the opportunity to see young people challenge themselves to do things they didn't think they could do.

Field Hockey

Ceilidh MacNeill
ceilidh.macneill@danahall.org
Varsity Field Hockey Coach
What sports do you coach at Dana?
Field hockey, Squash, Lacrosse

How many years have you coached at Dana?
Field Hockey: 4 years. Squash: 4 years. Lacrosse: 4 Years

Team accomplishments at Dana?
Squash New England Champions 2016-2017 Season 

What are your personal ( non-athletic ) interests?
Cooking, crafts, my cat Lila 

What sports did you play in college?
Field hockey and lacrosse

Why do you coach? What makes coaching at Dana Hall special to you?
I coach because I love my sport and hope to pass this on to my players along with the feeling of being part of something larger than themselves working towards a goal together. My sports in high school formed my best friendships and memories. Coaching at Dana is special to me because of the spirit the Dana students bring to the field.

Soccer

Sean Napier
sean.napier@danahall.org
Varsity Soccer Coach
What sports do you coach at Dana?
Soccer

How many years have you coached at Dana?
Soccer: 3 years

Team accomplishments at Dana?
Developing a team that finished towards the lower end of the league in year one to reaching the playoffs in year three. 

What are your personal ( non-athletic ) interests?
Tough one as my life revolves around sport. I would say food, traveling, and business.

What sports did you play in college?
Gaelic Football

What are your certifications (sport, fitness, etc.)?
Irish F.A. Grassroots Award, UEFA 'B' License, UEFA 'A' License 


Why do you coach? What makes coaching at Dana Hall special to you?
I coach because it gives me the platform to have a positive impact on young people's lives. Soccer is much more than a sport; it helps develop skills that athletes can use during everyday life and can be used as a catalyst to instill change by uniting people regardless of their race, religion, or socio-economic background. Coaching at Dana is special as I feel part of a wider school community each time I am on campus.

Basketball

Tori Bauer
victoria.bauer@danahall.org
Varsity Basketball/Volleyball Coach
What sports do you coach at Dana?
Volleyball and Basketball

How many years have you coached at Dana?
Assistant varsity softball coach: 3 years;  Assistant varsity basketball coach: 1 year; Varsity basketball head coach 4 years. Jv volleyball coach: 2 years. Varsity volleyball coach: 1 year 

Team accomplishments at Dana?
1st place EIL- 2016-2017

What are your personal ( non-athletic ) interests?
One of my interests that goes beyond athletics is helping students reach their full potential in other areas of their life. I am in the counseling department for Newton Public Schools and believe that coaching is not only about helping students become better athletes, but also succeed academically and socially. 

What sports did you play in college?
Basektball and Softball

Why do you coach? What makes coaching at Dana Hall special to you?
I like the community at Dana Hall. The girls are all very supportive of each other, and the athletic department is very supportive of all athletes and coaches as well. We all share a common goal to work together to create better athletes, teams, and the community as a whole. 

Ice Hockey

Sarah Jacobs
sarah.jacobs@danahall.org
Varsity Ice Hockey Coach
What sports do you coach at Dana?
Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Softball, Fitness

How many years have you coached at Dana?
JV Field Hockey - 2 years, Ice Hockey - 2 years, Softball - 2 years

What else do you do at Dana (teach, job,etc.)?
Teach Upper School Science

What are your personal ( non-athletic ) interests?
Camping, playing games with family, reading, playing music in the Faculty Jug Band

What sports did you play in college?
Women's Ice Hockey at Northeastern University

What are your certifications (sport, fitness, etc.)?
CEP Level 4 USA Hockey


Why do you coach? What makes coaching at Dana Hall special to you?
I coach because sports were a huge part of making me who I am and I want to provide the same atmosphere of hard work, risk, and reward for my players that my coaches gave me. Coaching at Dana Hall is special because it gives me an avenue to connect with my students outside the classroom. 

Swimming

Alden Derr
alden.derr@danahall.org
Varsity Swim Coach
What sports do you coach at Dana?
Swimming

How many years have you coached at Dana?
Swimming: 6 years; Assistant JV Volleyball: 1 year

What are your team accomplishments at Dana? 
Swimming: EIL Champions in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010. Eleven athletes scored points for the team at the 2019 New England Championships for Swimming and Diving (we finished 5th overall). Dana Hall swimmers hold seven of the 11 Division II records for New England Championships in swimming. The Robertson Award is given out to the top female swimmer at New Englands (as voted on by coaches); Dana Hall swimmers won in 2017 (M. Wallis), 2016 (M. Wallis), 2015 (A. Benkert), 2014 (A. Benkert), and 2013 (A. Benkert) - I could only find data going back to 2012. Our team is made up of swimmers from 5th to 12th grade. Fun fact - our JV team swam 80,000 yards and our varsity team swam 124,000 yards last season in practice!

What else do you do at Dana (teach, job,etc.)?
Math Department Chair. I teach in the Upper School (Geometry and AP Statistics)

What are your personal ( non-athletic ) interests?
I love traveling to new places, getting lost in a good book, and cooking.

What sports did you play in college?
Swimming

What are your certifications (sport, fitness, etc.)?
Lifeguard and CPR certification.

Why do you coach? What makes coaching at Dana Hall special to you?
I coach because I love swimming, and I want others to develop the same life-long love of the sport. What I love about coaching at Dana is that I get to see Dana swimmers support each other on and off the pool deck. I love watching girls cheer each other on at the end of a lane in a race, or encourage each other in practice during a hard set. The team plans fun dress-up days and team dinners before big competitions, and it's fun to watch the bonds that are formed on the team. 

Lacrosse

Janet Sullivan
janet.sullivan@danahall.org
Varsity Lacrosse Coach
What sports do you coach at Dana?
Lacrosse

How many years have you coached at Dana?
Varsity Lacrosse: 20+ years ; Varsity Soccer 10+ years

What are your team accomplishments at Dana? 
E.I.L. League Championships, consistently finishing in the top four in the league. 

What else do you do at Dana (teach, job,etc.)?
Associate Director of Athletics

What are your personal ( non-athletic ) interests?
Watching my son play ice hockey and lacrosse. Playing with my dog.

What sports did you play in college?
Lacrosse and Ice Hockey

What are your certifications (sport, fitness, etc.)?
US Lacrosse Level 1, 2, 3

Why do you coach? What makes coaching at Dana Hall special to you?
I love playing sports, watching sports and I want to instill my love and passion for playing to student-athletes in hopes that they have a great experience while playing. The Dana Hall student-athletes work hard, have fun, and have a strong desire to build camaraderie within their team and I like to be a part of that environment.

Tennis

Maureen Sumner
maureen.sumner@danahall.org
Varsity Tennis Coach
What sports do you coach at Dana?
Tennis

How many years have you coached at Dana?
Varsity Tennis: 2 years

What are your team accomplishments at Dana? 
EIL Champions 2018


What are your personal ( non-athletic ) interests?
Family and travel

What sports did you play in college?
Tennis

Why do you coach? What makes coaching at Dana Hall special to you?
I love teaching and instilling a love for the game in others. The people at Dana Hall make it such a nice place to work.

JV and MS Coaches

List of 11 items.

  • Instructional Volleyball

    • Jackie O'Neill
  • JV Field Hockey

    • Deb Neary
    • Sarah Jacobs
  • JV Soccer

    • Colleen Barnett
    • Carlton Omiunu-Wheeler
  • JV Volleyball

    • Chris Day
    • Melissa Palmer
  • MS Cross Country

    • Lisa Robbins
    • Laura Adams
  • MS Field Hockey A

    • Courtney Callahan
    • Jennifer Salamone
  • MS Field Hockey B

    • Beth Bagley
  • MS Soccer A

    • Tessa Stevens
  • MS Soccer B

    • Brett Elwell
  • MS Volleyball A

    • Jackie O'Neill
  • MS Volleyball B

    • Mike White

List of 3 items.

  • Math Modeling

    Favorite Assignment
  • Varsity Tennis

    Favorite Activity
  • Winning the EIL Championship

    Favorite Memory

List of 1 items.

  • Audrey

    "My absolute favorite Dana Hall memory of all time is winning the EIL Championship for tennis! Dana Hall Varsity Tennis faced our toughest rival for our last match. Everyone was watching that match; I remember the moment when I won my match and the whole team came out running and screaming onto the court. We were all hugging and smiling at each other. I was so proud to be a Dana Hall student-athlete."
    -Audrey