Athletic Directory

The Coaching Staff

The Rivers coaching staff is a group of passionate athletic educators that spend season after season building meaningful relationships with each student-athlete. Rivers’ coaches are passionate about motivating their players through positive intensity and attainable goals. They challenge and inspire each athlete by setting high standards. In all, Rivers competes regularly against approximately 70 schools in five states.

James McNally
Director of Athletics, Coach
As Athletic Director since 1996, Jim oversees and directs all aspects of the athletic program. He previously served as president of the Independent Schools League and the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Executive Board. He has a bachelor of science from Springfield College.

Robert Pipe
Assoc Director of Athletics, Coach

James Navoni
Mathematics, Assistant Director of Athletics,Coach
Grad Year: 1970

Susanna Donahue
Assistant Director of Athletics, Assistant Dean of Upper School Students, Grade 12 Dean, Coach

Myron Mentis
Athletic Trainer, Science, Chair of Wellness Comte

Russell Halloran

Alan Ashenfelter
Assistant Director of Admissions, Coach
Grad Year: 2005

Brian Aucoin

Kevin Biddy
Assistant Coach Boys' Varsity Football

John Bower
Director of Diversity, French, Music, Coach

David Burzillo

Alexander Caplan
English, Senior Speech Coordinator, Coach

Greg Chalmers
Head Coach Boys' Middle School Ice Hockey

Timothy Clark
Ceramics, Coach

Brad Cohen
Assistant Coach Varsity Baseball

Maureen Courtney
Science, Robotics Club Advisor, Coach

Samantha Dembicer
Mathematics, Coach

Andrea Diaz

Melissa Dolan
English, History, Coach
Grad Year: 1998

Lorinda Garner
Art, Current Advisor

Lydia Gibson
Database Administrator, Coach
Lydia is the Database Administrator in the Alumni and Advancement Office. She has a degree in sociology from the University of New Hampshire. In addition to assisting with alumni events and fundraising activities, Lydia is the assistant varsity field hockey coach and assistant Middle School girls’ ice hockey coach.

Leah Goldman
School Counselor, Coach

Kristin Harder
Assistant Director of Operations, Mathematics, Coach

Katie Henderson
English, Coach

R. Clinton Howarth
Middle School Dean of Students, English, History, Media Literacy, Coach

Francis Karasch
Facilities, Coach

Paul Karasch
Assistant Director of Technology, Camp Nonesuch Director, Science, Coach

James Kelley
Communications Assistant, Coach

Sally Kellogg
As a member of the USTA, Coach Kellogg joined their women’s 4.5 team in 1995 and helped the team earn the National Championship title in 2012. In addition, she played on the women’s 4.5 senior team from 2009-2011 and captained that squad to their successful bid for the 2012 National Championship senior title. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education and physical education from Hastings College in Nebraska. She has coached various sports in the Wellesley school system.

Daniel Keohane
Facilities, Coach
Coach Keohane came to Rivers from Bentley College where he was a linebackers and receivers coach. Prior to Bentley, Keohane was the head football coach at Waltham High for 14 years, during which he took two of his teams to M.I.A.A. bowl games. Along with compiling a record of 101-31-1 at Waltham, he placed numerous players in Ivy League and NESCAC schools. He was also recognized as a Boston Globe Football Coach of the Year and a Massachusetts Football Referee Association Football Coach of the Year.

Pete Lankarge
Head Coach Junior Varsity Baseball

Scott Leip
Scott joined Rivers in 2011 as an assistant coach for the boys varsity basketball team. A 1993 graduate of Babson College, Scott spent 10 years as a head coach, with much of that time spent at Ashland High School where only two of his teams failed to make the postseason.

Christopher Love
Art, Coach
Christopher Love has a master of arts degree in teaching in art education from Tufts University as well as a bachelor’s in studio art from the University of Maryland at College Park. He most recently taught art at Shady Hill School in Cambridge and has coached soccer at both the collegiate and secondary level. Christopher teaches Middle School art and coaches Middle School soccer.

Daniel McCartney
Mathematics Dept Chair, Coach

Shawn McEachern
Assistant Director of Athletics, Admis.Asst.,Coach
Coach McEachern was a Hobey Baker finalist and an All-American at Boston University, where he tallied 186 points in three seasons. He spent 13 years in the NHL, amassing 254 goals and 317 assists, and winning the Stanley Cup in 1992 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also played for the 1992 US Olympic Team, as well as the 1991 US National Team at the World Championships in Finland. A native of Waltham, he previously served as an assistant coach at UMass/Lowell, Northeastern, and Salem State University.

William McGinty
History, Assistant Model UN Coordinator , Coach
Grad Year: 2002

Jeffrey Meropol
Science, Coach

Andrew Mirken
Coach Mirken has coached basketball for 19 years starting at his alma mater Newton North, and then at Cambridge Rindge & Latin and for BABC, a top AAU team. As head coach at Westwood High, he was named Coach of the Year in 1999 and won two TVL titles. He is the CEO of The3pointfoundation, a community partner of The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, a nonprofit that works with under-served boys. In 2011-12 his Rivers team finished 3rd in the ISL (18-9) and earned a third straight New England Tournament appearance making it all the way to the championship game.

Ted Ndinya
Coach Ndinya is a certified tennis professional with international competitive experience. His many honors include “Best Tennis Player in the Country” for Kenya in 2000 as well as being a member of the 2000 Davis Cup team. He is a professional tennis instructor at the Wayside Tennis and Swim Club. He coached girls’ tennis at Ashland High prior to joining the Rivers coaching staff last year.

Kathleen Nicholson
Science, GSA Advisor, Coach

Stephen Paluseo
History, Coach

Stewart Pierson
Science, Coach
Stewart teaches Upper School science and coaches Middle School boys’ soccer. He has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, and AP Environmental Science. He has also taught chemistry, Middle School science, and math from pre-algebra through BC Calculus. Stewart was the recipient of the Mida van Zuylen Dunn Award for Teaching in 2004. Before coming to Rivers, Stewart taught at Cushing Academy in Massachusetts, Sunriver Preparatory School in Oregon, and spent six years teaching at the American School of Milan, in Italy. He earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Emily Poland
Science, Footprint Committee Chair, Coach
Emily came to Rivers in 2006 and teaches science in the Middle School. Emily coaches girls’ varsity ice hockey and is the head coach of the girls’ Middle School B soccer team. In addition, she chairs the Footprint Focus Group. Prior to arriving at Rivers Emily taught and coached at Phillips Academy Andover. Emily holds a B.S. in zoology and a M.A.T. with a focus in life and physical sciences from the University of Maine.

Samuel Poland
Mathematics, Grade 7 Dean, Coach

Jim Proia

Feryal Sacristán Muñoz
Spanish, Assistant Nonesuch Advisor, Coach

Paul Sanclemente
Strength and Conditioning Coach

Michael Schlenker
Science Department Chair, Robotics, Coach

Joshua Shaller
Science, Grade 8 Dean, Coach

Stephen Sheridan

Brian Smith
Head Coach Varsity Golf
Coach Smith was elected a member of the PGA in 2009 and is currently assistant golf pro at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, MA. He qualified for and participated in the PGA Professional National Championship at Bayonet Black Horse, Seaside, CA, in June 2012 and won the New England PGA Assistants’ Association Hudson Cup Championship in 2009. Smith was the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Pro-Am Low Professional in 2008 and 2012 and a New England PGA Teacher of the Year Nominee in 2011.

Malcolm Spurling
Coach Spurling takes over the program this year as a member of the American Hockey Coaches Association with a Level 5 Master Certification. He spent the past decade coaching a variety of prominent teams, including Assabet girls’ teams ranging from U13 to U19. Several of those teams won the Massachusetts State Championship and advanced to Nationals, where three of those teams won national titles. He most recently has served as the assistant head coach for the East Coast Wizards.

Darren Sullivan
History, Coach

Rod Tayler
Mathematics, Science, Coach

Bruce Taylor
Media Literacy, Coach
Grad Year: 1973

Caitrin Tesch
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Gabriella Vannoni

Kenneth Wade

Justin Walker
Over the last eleven seasons, Coach Walker’s teams have a combined 113-70 record, and in 2009 the team won its first ISL Championship. In 2006, he was named ISL Coach of the Year. Since 2002, Walker has had 12 players go on to play DI lacrosse and 32 to play NCAA lacrosse. Two of his players were named All-American. His players have broken ISL single season records in goals scored, assists, and total points. Walker is also the president and director of Top Gun Lacrosse’s Premier Select Teams, the Fighting Clams.

Elizabeth Wendorf
Mathematics, Coach
Elizabeth previously taught high school mathematics at Kent School in Connecticut. She was also a teaching assistant at Wesleylan University, where she received both an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in mathematics. She teaches Upper School mathematics and coaches the varsity ski team and Girls' soccer.