The PDS girls' soccer team has emerged as one of the most competitive programs in Mercer County as well as the state prep level. Since 2008, the team has won eight championships, including six consecutively from 2013 - 2018. Pat was named head coach of the program in 2007. Later that year he was recognized by the Princeton Packet as coach of the year. Subsequently he received similar honors by the Trenton Times, Trentonian, Town Topics and Star Ledger. In 2013, Trombetta led the team to its first ever Mercer County Championship and was selected by his peers as coach of the year at the Mercer 33 Awards Banquet.
Over the years the program has produced a number of award-winning players who have received various accolades at the state and county levels, including NJ Prep Players of the year. A number of these young women have gone on to have successful collegiate careers.
For the past 20 years, Trombetta has coached extensively in the West Windsor-Plainsboro area for both WWPSA and Mercer FC teams. He has served as an officer on the Board of Directors and held the Director of Coaching position. He holds both USSF coaching and referee licenses. His coaching philosophy stresses the importance of conditioning and team play.
Trombetta holds a degree in accounting from Seton Hall University and is the Chief Operating Officer and executive committee member of a CPA firm with offices in New Jersey and Manhattan.
Howie Powers is an Upper School History teacher who has been instructing at PDS since 2003. He currently teaches Economics and has previously taught AP European History, American History, and 8th grade US History. In addition he coaches Girls Varsity Soccer and JV Ice Hockey. Mr. Powers is a proud alumnus of Princeton Day School and earned his AB in History, with honors, from Bowdoin College. He earned his Masters in History, with distinction, from King’s College, University of London. Between college and teaching, Howie was a Managing Director in Investment Banking with JP Morgan. All three of his sons were lifers at PDS. Howie has also taught AP Economics and US History at the American School in London.