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.
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.
Associate Director of Athletics, Coach
Mathematics, Assistant Director of Athletics, Coach
Grad Year: 1970
Assistant Director of Athletics, Assistant Dean of Upper School Students, Grade 12 Dean, Coach
Athletic Trainer, Science, Chair of Wellness Committee
Assistant Coach Boys' Varsity Basketball
Director of Diversity, French, Music, Coach
Head Coach Boys' Middle School Lacrosse
Currently coaching Middle School Boys' Lacrosse, Mr. Churchill is a graduate of Williams College and Milton Academy. He played four years of varsity lacrosse and three years of varsity football at Williams and in his senior year received All-American honors and was the Captain and MVP of the lacrosse team. While at Milton Academy he was an All-American lacrosse player, captain of the football, skiing, and lacrosse teams and recipient of the Saltonstall Medal for athletic achievement. Mr. Churchill lives in Wellesley with his wife and four children, where he coaches several of the town’s lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and baseball teams. He is currently responsible for overseeing the Town of Wellesley’s select lacrosse program for all grade levels.
Assistant Coach Varsity Baseball
A top-ranked skier in Maine during his high school career, Coach Damon attended Trinity College where he led that school’s ski team as co-captain. Since graduating from college in 2007, he has been coaching ski racers through Buddy Werner Racing and the Bugastow Ski Team. He served as the assistant coach for Rivers for the last two years before taking the reins as head coach in 2010.
R. Clinton Howarth
Middle School Dean of Students, English, History, Media Literacy, Coach
Assistant Director of Technology, Camp Nonesuch Director, Science, Coach
Coach Keohane comes to Rivers from Bentley College where he was a linebackers coach and receivers coach. Prior to his position at Bentley, Keohane had amassed a long list of accomplishments as the head football coach for fourteen years at Waltham High School. While at Waltham 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 N.E.S.C.A.C. 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.
Associate Director of College Counseling
Grad Year: 1999
Assistant Director of Athletics, Admissions Assistant,Coach
Coach McEachern spent 13 years in the National Hockey League, amassing 254 goals and 317 assists during a career that included stints with the Boston Bruins, the Ottawa Senators, the Atlanta Thrashers, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Stanley Cup-winning Pittsburgh Penguins. He also played for the 1992 US Olympic Team, as well as the 1991 US National Team and the 1991 US Team at the World Championships in Finland. He was selected to play for the 1998 US Olympic Team, as well. A native of Waltham, McEachern previously served as an assistant coach at University of Massachusetts at Lowell, as well as Northeastern University and Salem State University. He was a Hobey Baker finalist and an All-American at Boston University, where he scored 186 points in three seasons.
History, Assistant Model UN Coordinator , Coach
Grad Year: 2002
A former Director of Basketball Operations at Boston University, Mr. Mirken has coached basketball for 16 years starting at his alma mater Newton North. He has also coached at Cambridge Rindge and Latin and with the BABC - one of New England’s top AAU teams. He moved on to be head coach at Westwood High School, where he won over 60% of his games and was named Coach of the Year in 1999 after his team won two TVL Titles in 3 years. Mr. Mirken has also coached in the Bay State Games and was the director of a coed basketball summer camp in Westwood.
Ted is a certified tennis professional with international competitive experience. His many honors include “Best Tennis Player in the Country” for Kenya in 2000, and he was a member of the 1999-2000 Davis Cup team. Ted is a professional tennis instructor at the Wayside Tennis and Swim Club and was the Assistant Director and Tennis Pro at the Tarratine Tennis Club in Maine for several years. Ted also coached girls’ tennis at Ashland High School for two years prior to joining the Rivers coaching staff this year.
Brian Smith, who was elected a member of the PGA in 2009, 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. He has been a Board Member of the New England PGA Assistants’ Association since 2008 and served as President in 2010.
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. His competitive career low is 68 at both Duxbury Yacht and Brae Burn Country Clubs.
While at Nashawtuc, Smith has designed and conducted instructional clinics and events for an extremely active junior golf program in addition to providing lessons for members and guests through clinics, individual lessons, on-course instruction, and video analysis.
Prior to that, Smith was an assistant pro at a number of clubs including Oakley Country Club in Watertown, where he conducted junior golf clinics and assisted with the implementation of a growing junior golf program and the club’s participation in the Greater Boston Junior Interclub League. He has also held positions at Worcester and Oak Hill Country Clubs in MA and Longboat Key and Tara Country Clubs in FL.
Smith has a BA in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and worked at Fidelity Investments in Boston from 1994-2004.
Science, Footprint Committee Chair, Coach
Media Literacy, Coach
Grad Year: 1973
Art, Nonesuch Advisor, Coach
Grad Year: 2001
Assistant Coach Varsity Girls' Lacrosse
An All-New England and All-American player in prep school, Mr. Walker went on to Denison where he was a four-year starter, earning multiple honors, including All-American and Academic All-American. Over the last four seasons, Coach Walker’s Rivers team has a combined 50-14 record, and in 2009, the team won its first ISL Championship. In 2006 Mr. Walker was honored by his peers who voted him the ISL Coach of the year. Many of his Rivers players are currently playing lacrosse at the collegiate level, including players at Johns Hopkins, Hobart, Rutgers, University of Vermont and Springfield College. Prior to Rivers he coached the Division 1 State Champion Duxbury High team. In the off-season, Mr. Walker is the director and head coach of Top Gun Lacrosse’s Premier Select Teams, as well as the director of all of Top Gun’s camps and leagues.