Coaches at Princeton Day School play a crucial role developing individual athletes who are positive leaders and creating successful teams. The School has no shortage of talent among its coaching groups, and its athletic program promises to benefit even more this year from some remarkably strong additions heavy on expertise in Division 1 college play. Five new coaches were Division 1 standouts, including two right here at Princeton University, renowned as one of the largest and most successful athletic programs in the NCAA Division 1 and the Ivy League.
Head of School Paul Stellato sees the depth and breadth of the coaching staff as a reflection of the culture across the School. As Mr. Stellato says, "I'm proud of the strong scholar-athlete credentials of the coaching staff, which speak volumes about the values that fuel teams of all kinds here. All of these new coaches offer invaluable perspective and experience as players recruited by top college programs and as leaders in the classroom, on the playing field, and as coaches. They join an exceptional group of coaching colleagues actively mentoring student leaders while building teams poised to compete at the highest level."
Varsity Boys Basketball coach Doug Davis has strong ties to Princeton, having graduated in 2012 from Princeton University, where he played on the Men's Basketball team and holds the record as the second leading scorer in the program's history. Davis also teaches Upper School American History and AP Human Geography. Davis comes to Princeton Day School from the Berkshire School in Massachusetts, where he taught history and English and coached the varsity boys' basketball team, served as an advisor, and was the lead boys' dorm parent. A member of the 2018 Klingenstein School Leadership Summer Institute Cohort, Davis is a change agent and leader who's focused on developing team cohesion. Davis explains, "We have a bunch of great guys who are coachable and really enjoy playing the game. The talent is there, and the goal is to come together as a team. If we're going to be successful we've got to play together. I'm really looking forward to seeing them step up as team leaders."
Varsity Boys Lacrosse coach Joe Moore has impressive lacrosse experience and local ties, graduating from West Windsor Plainsboro North High School in 2007, then starting for three years for Syracuse University, NCAA Division 1 lacrosse powerhouse and winner of 15 national championship titles. Moore graduated from Syracuse in 2012 and, after playing Major League Lacrosse with the Rochester Rattlers, returned to his native NJ as Facility Manager and Director of Lacrosse at Centercourt Club in Lawrenceville. Moore will build on the success of the Princeton Day School lacrosse program that garnered three Mercer County titles and three Prep B titles under prior coach Rich D'Andrea's tenure. "I am so excited to take the lead with the Panthers Lacrosse program. Alongside our strong group of senior leaders, I look forward to leading this group to a great 2019 season and continuing a winning tradition for years to come. Most importantly, my goal in this role is to support Panther Lacrosse players in becoming strong student-athletes and help prepare them for the next chapter of their lives following PDS." says Moore.
Varsity Girls Basketball coach Liz Sharlow was a four-year performer and senior captain for Lehigh University's Women's Basketball team, a well-established Division 1 Patriot Conference contender. She was co-captain of the Student-Athlete Council and received the Basketball Coaches' Award for two consecutive years. After completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology, Sharlow remained at Lehigh, recently obtaining her Master's degree in School Counseling and working as a basketball camp counselor and a graduate assistant for the Varsity Strength and Conditioning team. In addition to coaching, Sharlow also serves as a Princeton Day School Middle School Counselor, a role that she says allows her "to mentor hardworking and talented students in and out of the classroom."
As Upper School Athletic Director Tim Williams says, "It's rare to have an influx of coaches with this type of talent all in one year, and with their credentials and experience they will mesh well with our veteran coaches to create a truly remarkable coaching staff for our Upper School athletes. I look forward to seeing how high they can lead our teams."
Tommy Davis joins Princeton Day School as JV Boys Lacrosse and Middle School Ice Hockey coach, an Upper School Speech and Debate teacher, and Athletics Liaison in the Admission and College Counseling offices. Davis played ice hockey and earned his B.A. in History at Princeton University, where he was named ECAC All-Academic Team and assistant Captain of the Ice Hockey team. In addition to playing professional ice hockey, Davis has served as an ice hockey coach for the Princeton Ice Hockey summer camps and National Collegiate Developmental Camps. Davis focused his graduate studies at Providence College and is about to complete his M.B.A. "We're thrilled to be adding someone with Tommy's extensive and accomplished playing background to our Ice Hockey program. He will undoubtedly become an outstanding mentor and a tremendous resource for those aspiring hockey players looking to play at the collegiate level," says PDS Middle School Athletic Director Scott Bertoli.
Matt Trowbridge '98 comes home to Princeton Day School to coach Middle School Boys Soccer and Middle School Squash while also teaching Middle School English and history. Trowbridge went on from the School after Grade 8 to Groton, where he was tri-varsity in soccer, squash, and lacrosse, and soccer team captain. Trowbridge was recruited to play squash at Division 1 powerhouse Yale, whose squash program holds the third-highest number of national titles. After graduating from Yale, Trowbridge earned his M.A at Teachers College, Columbia University and continued to focus on scholarship and athletics. He coached squash and taught at Lawrenceville before heading to Princeton Academy, where he taught and coached soccer for 10 years, squash for eight, lacrosse for four and tennis for two. The PASH squash team he formed ascended to a Division 1 top-ten finish at last year's Middle School Nationals. Says Trowbridge, "I've learned from some of the best on Princeton Day School's wonderful campus, especially Carlos Cara. I hope to continue cultivating the School culture of character, sportsmanship, drive, and teamwork from day one." -Melanie Shaw
Photos: Doug Davis, Joe Moore, Liz Sharlow, Tommy Davis, Matt Trowbridge.