Fay’s coaching staff is composed of Fay faculty and staff as well as outside specialists, and most teams have at least two coaches to ensure a 10:1 ratio for our athletes. All of our coaches are committed to meeting the needs, interests, and abilities of the athletes – not just in terms of teaching rules, strategy, and sport-specific skills, but also to build self-confidence, teamwork, leadership skills, and a love of the game. Meet a few of our coaches below!
Before coming to Fay, Kelvin served on the coaching staff at Maritime College and participated in training and recruiting efforts for the Privateer soccer program. He has also worked as a coach and director at numerous soccer organizations throughout New York state, and he has coached at the competitive level for the last seven years. A former Western New England Prep School Soccer Association (WYNEPSSA) All-Star selection while at Northfield Mount Hermon, Kelvin later played for Union College, where he was one of the team’s scoring leaders during his time with the Dutchmen. He played for the Blackwatch Professional Development of the PDL for one year. Kelvin holds a USSF “E” License Certification and is currently pursuing his USSF “D” License. He also holds a NSCAA National Diploma, Director of Coaching Diploma and Goalkeeping Level 2 Diploma. A member of Fay’s World Languages faculty, Kelvin teachers Lower and Upper School Spanish; he and his wife, Nora, reside on campus with their children.
“For me, it’s incredible to be part of this community as an advisor, a teacher, a dorm parent, and a coach. I get to see students in so many different contexts—and there are so many opportunities to interact and create connections.”
Nell is a Fay trustee, the parent of three Fay students, and a Fay Parents’ Association volunteer. She has also coached field hockey and lacrosse for the past 20 years at various levels. She has played field hockey since she was in the fifth grade and has been a member of many successful teams. She captained Choate Rosemary Hall's field hockey team and was voted MVP twice; she also participated in the USA Futures field hockey program and was elected to play in the Junior Olympics. During college, she played field hockey for Dartmouth, where she helped her team win an Ivy League Championship during her sophomore year. Nell is also an experienced lacrosse player: she served as captain of Choate’s team and played for Dartmouth’s JV team.
"Teaching kids to love the sports they participate in and to love being on a team is a key part of my coaching criteria. This past year, my JV lacrosse team had 13 girls and represented six different countries - no other school in this area can say that! Plus, they have all become friends and loyal teammates."
Lara came to Fay in 2011 and has taught English, reading, and writing in both Upper School and Lower School. She has been active as an athlete her whole life: as a student at Dublin School, she was an alpine skier in addition to playing soccer and lacrosse; later at St. Lawrence University, she played Division III lacrosse. Before coming to Fay, Lara taught English and coached soccer and lacrosse at New Hampton School and then Graland Country Day School; she continues to coach soccer and lacrosse at Fay, where her focus during practice is on individual and team goal setting, with the aim of helping students to develop the skills as well as the character of an athlete.
“It’s so important to me that sports are a required part of the program here at Fay. So many times I’ve been able to watch a student discover a new passion and find a sport they may not have even considered before. And every season, I get to see students setting personal goals and realizing them, whether it’s scoring a goal or even being able to run an extra lap around the field at practice. The feeling students get when they realize how much they can accomplish: it sets the tone for the rest of their lives.”
Hope has been a member of the Fay community since 2013. In addition to coaching, she teaches Wellness in grades 3-9. She started to play tennis when she was only five years old and participated in many junior tennis tournaments. Hope received a scholarship to play tennis at Boston College, where she played as the number one singles and double player and was a team captain for three years. After graduating from Boston College, Hope spent four years as a tennis professional and still enjoys playing tennis today.
"At Fay, we have an incredibly talented group of coaches, many who have played at a very high level in their sport. For our students to have these individuals coaching them is an incredible asset to our program."
Tim has many roles at Fay in addition to being a coach. He is the Science Department Chair, and he teaches students in third and fifth grade science in the Lower School. He also teaches Diagnosing the Modern World to Upper School students and serves as a Dorm Parent in Webster House, where he lives with his wife (who is also a teacher and coach at Fay), son, and dog named Max. Tim started playing volleyball in the seventh grade and continued to play throughout high school. In college, he switched sports and took up rowing, but he returned to volleyball during grad school at the University of New Hampshire. Tim still plays volleyball in leagues around Southborough and enjoys the competition it brings.
"The best part about coaching at Fay is getting to know the students outside of the classroom. Being a coach allows me to see another dimension of my students. This helps me be a better teacher - and it can often help them become better students."
In addition to coaching, Chris serves as the Visual Arts Coordinator at Fay, teaches art classes for grades 5-9, and is the Red Color Team Faculty Advisor. He participated in football, basketball, and track and field throughout high school, and he excelled at the triple jump. Chris attended St. Lawrence University, where he was a member of the school's football team.
"Fay's athletic program has the ability to meet the needs of both the new athlete, as well as the experienced athlete. We have the ability to coach all levels and maintain a fun and healthy athletic experience for all our students."
Joe started working at Fay in 2012. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, he teaches Advanced Geometry and Pre-Algebra in the Upper School; he is also an Upper School Advisor and the Eighth Grade Class Dean. Prior to arriving at Fay, Joe attended Tabor Academy, where he played hockey and golf. He also played hockey at Hamilton College and is a USA Hockey certified coach.
"Fay's athletics program provides an outlet for students and an opportunity to build confidence and character. The program encourages students to try new things and challenge themselves outside of their comfort zone with no fear or risk involved."