Head of School Paul J. Stellato announced exciting news to the PDS community this week: the appointment of Katie Fay as the School's Director of Athletics and Physical Education.
As Princeton Day School enters a new chapter in athletics with the upcoming completion of its extensive new Athletic Center, it also embarked on a national search for an Athletic Director that generated more than 200 applications. A dedicated search committee team vetted selected candidates and finalists met with audience segments across the PDS community.
As Mr. Stellato explained, "With a new facility set to open this fall, the opportunities present today in our athletic program are as rich as at any time in our School's history. Katie's charge is broad and comprehensive, spanning everything from incorporating squash and ropes instruction into Lower School physical education to ensuring that every college-bound senior who aspires to play sports at the next level is in the strongest position to do so. In very short order, we will want to determine conference alignments, review independent school competition at the varsity level, expand wellness programming and offerings across divisions, and, of greatest importance, ensure that the pride we take in the efforts and accomplishments of our athletes is evident throughout the school. This work calls for a smart, energetic, disciplined champion. Our School has found her in Katie Fay."
Katie Fay joined Princeton Day School in 2009 as the Associate Director of the Annual Fund. Rising quickly to Director of Alumni Giving and, a year later, Director of Annual Giving, in 2013 she was asked to join the Thrive! Campaign as Director of Capital Giving. In that role, she has managed all aspects of the School's campaign, supported the work of the Campaign Leadership Gift Committee, campaign co-chairs Barbie Cole '78, P'08, '12, '17 and Cindy Linville P'06, '09, '14, Board Chair Rebecca Bushnell '70, a small army of parent volunteers, and more. Katie has also overseen the efforts of development staff and the events manager in the Advancement Office. Earlier this fall, Katie led a program and staffing assessment for the new Athletic and Squash Center.
A 2000 graduate of Deerfield Academy, Katie excelled in its classrooms and Koch Natatorium, where she earned First Team High School All-American and High School Academic All-American honors. From there, Katie matriculated at Brown University and, in her freshman year, was named to the All-Ivy Second Team. Seeking a greater challenge, she transferred to ACC powerhouse Duke University, where, as a three-year member of its varsity swimming team, she set an individual record and competed each year as an ACC Swimming Championship finalist.
Katie graduated from Duke with an AB in History, magna cum laude, earning membership in the National College Honors Society and the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. From there, she joined Lehman Brothers, first in New York and then in London, where she worked for five years in a senior position with a group covering clients throughout the UK and continental Europe. She concluded her finance career in 2009 as Vice President of Marketing and Investor Relations with Marathon Asset Management.
Mr. Stellato also expressed his gratitude to outgoing Director of Upper School Athletics Tim Williams, who will depart PDS at the end of the school year, stating, "I'd like to thank Director of Upper School Athletics Tim Williams for his enthusiastic leadership of our program" for the past nine years. As the spring athletic season gets underway, Katie Fay's leadership of this signature program begins, with bright prospects.