Princeton Day School Profiles: Three New Best-in-Class Faculty Coaches
Princeton Day School Profiles: Three New Best-in-Class Faculty Coaches

An update to October 2018 published news on

In and out of the classroom, faculty coaches at Princeton Day School play a crucial role in developing individual athletes who are positive leaders and self-motivated achievers. The School has no shortage of talent among the coaching staff, and its athletic program promises to benefit even more this year from some remarkably strong additions with impeccable academic credentials and leadership roles as Division 1 college players. Three new faculty coaches were Division 1 standouts, including two right here at Princeton University.

Reflecting on the importance of hiring the very best, Head of School Paul Stellato states, "In a school community known for an exceptional faculty and rigorous program, Princeton Day School seeks to add to its breadth and scope with the addition of each new faculty member. In these three new colleagues, our School has done just that. Two Princeton alumni and a third from Lehigh, each has excelled in the most demanding academic environment, while adding to that luster through varsity athletics: Liz Sharlow, Lehigh University basketball; Doug Davis, Princeton basketball; and Tommy Davis, Princeton ice hockey. Each has already made his or her mark in the classroom, and, with the coming winter season, we anticipate each will engender in our young athletes the very skill, perseverance, and camaraderie they demonstrated during their varsity careers."

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 Girls

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."

JV Boys Lacrosse and Middle School Ice Hockey Coach Tommy Davis is also 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. Middle School Athletic Director Scott Bertoli is excited that Davis will coach not only in the Upper School but for Middle School as well. "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," explains Bertoli.

Upper School Athletic Director Tim Williams has his sights set on the continued ascendancy of varsity sports at the School. "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 athletes," Williams states, adding, "I look forward to seeing how high they can lead our teams." -Melanie Shaw

If you're exploring high schools for next year, we invite you to come see why it's great to be a Panther this Sunday, November 11, 1-4pm at our Upper School Open House. Faculty, coaches, students, parents and administrators will be here to answer your questions and help you get to know PDS. If you're thinking about 5th-8th grade, come to our Middle School Open House on Thursday, November 15, 8:30-10:30am, meet our community and see classrooms in action. Register here to let us know you'll be attending!