Athletics

Meet the Athletic Department

Office Number: 215-951-2331
Katie Bergstrom Mark Director of Athletics
Dana White
Interim Assistant Director of Athletics
Mike Boorse Assistant to the Director of Athletics
Maryanne Rawlings, MS, ATC Head Athletic Trainer
Tyler Roseberry, ATC
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer

Varsity Coaches

Fall Coaches

Cross Country: Rob Hewitt

Rob Hewitt, now in his 11th year as the GFS Head Boys’ and Girls' Cross Country, as well as serving as the Indoor and Outdoor Track coach at GFS, contributes a great amount of knowledge and experience to the athletic staff.  A 2003 alumnus of Saint Joseph's University, Hewitt competed as a cross-country and track athlete at the Division 1 level. As a member of SJU's cross country team, e served as captain his senior season and helped lead the Hawks to a second place finish in the Atlantic-10 conference.  

Since arriving at GFS, he has led the boy's program to 11 straight Friend's School League Cross-Country titles (2004-2014) and 7 straight PA Independent State Cross Country Titles (2006-2012). Similarly, since taking over the girls cross country program in 2011, Hewitt has guided the team to 4 straight FSL and 3 straight PA Independent State Cross-Country titles (2011-2013).

Hewitt helped the Tigers win 7 FSL Boy's Track Championships and 1 PA Independent State Track title as long time assistant to Boy's Head Coach Tom Myran (2004-2012) before taking over the head coaching duties in 2013 and leading the boys to an FSL championship. 

In 2007 and 2009, the GFS Cross Country Team has been ranked top 15 nationally (10th in 2007, 14th in 2009) and featured in the Harrier magazine, Dyestat.com, Milsplit.us, and ESPN Rise. He coached 21 All-Americans, 20 PTFCA All-State athletes and nine USATF Junior Nationals Track Qualifiers. In 2008, the Tigers Max Kaulbach, won the NSIC Indoor National 2-mile Championship in a current All-Time Indoor PA record of 9:02.65.  Additionally, the Tigers are the former all-time PA indoor record holders in the 4x1 Mile relay which was broken in 2013.  In 2008, the Tigers won the Penn Relays Distance Medley Championship of America (10:11.54) and in 2009 qualified as one of the 22 schools in the nation for the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) in Portland, Oregon.  GFS returned to the NXN in 2012 when Sami Aziz '13 qualified individually.  In 2013, the GFS girls DMR placed second in the Penn Relay Championship of America. In 2014, Nick Dahl '17 set the New Balance Outdoor Nationals Freshman 2-mile record in 9:19.07 while Sarah Walker '16 posted US #12 800m performance in 2:06.62.  In accordance with his team success, Hewitt is not he PAISAA XC Board of Directors and the PAISAA Track Board of Directors.  

Field Hockey: Dana White

Germantown Friends School welcomes Dana White of Elkins Park as the new Varsity Head Field Hockey Coach. GFS Athletic Director Katie Bergstrom Mark noted, "Dana has an extensive field hockey background and comes to GFS with energy and excitement to work with our athletes." White played for the Division I field hockey program at Colgate University under longtime coach Cathy Foto. At Colgate, White was Rookie of the Year in 2002, All-Patriot League her junior and senior seasons, she was chosen captain in 2005 and ended her career as a Regional All-American. White has played internationally and coached at many camps and clinics in the US and beyond. The fall promises to deliver a visible progression for White and the team. "I intend to keep the program moving forward in a positive direction, but to hopefully take things further," she comments. "I want to solidify GFS as a program that is highly competitive, and help our athletes reach their team and individual goals. This will be a learning year for me and them, but that makes it exciting to see what we can accomplish together."

Boys Soccer: Sam McIlvain

Sam McILvain is entering his second year as the Boys' Varsity Soccer Coach at GFS this fall. Prior to taking the reins of the boys program, Sam guided the girls' at GFS as Head Coach for five seasons. In addition to his coaching clinic, and camp experience at GFS, Sam has coached and trained teams for the Philadelphia Union Summer Select, Penn Fusion Soccer Academy, the Chestnut Hill Soccer Club, and the Starfinder Foundation. Last summer, Sam was also Program Director and Director of Coaching at the Berkshire Soccer Academy for Girls. Before moving to Philadelphia, Sam was the Boys' Varsity Soccer Head Coach at the Collegiate School in NYC, where he also coached both boys' and girls' soccer teams at the Manhattan Soccer Club. In addition, Sam has coaching experience at the collegiate level; he was the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Williams College, his alma mater. Sam holds a USSF A License as well as the NSCAA's Premier Diploma.

Girls Soccer: Jeremy Hurdle

Jeremy Hurdle is the new Head Coach of the Germantown Friends School Varsity Girls Soccer team.Hurdle comes from an extensive soccer background that includes numerous coaching experiences in the Philadelphia region as well as being an accomplished player in the United States and abroad.

Hurdle has been steadily building his soccer coaching credentials for several years, owing to his passionate commitment to the sport. He currently holds a USSF National D license and a National Diploma from the NSCAA. Additionally, he holds several specialized certifications including certificates in Professional Development, Mental/Physical Player Development, and also a Future Coaches Diploma.

His credentials include experience coaching both boys and girls. At Yardley Makefield Soccer Club (YMS), he has served as head coach of multiple Premier teams. He currently coaches the U18 YMS Premier 96 team. In fall 2013, as assistant coach of the third boys team at Germantown Academy, he helped the team to a 9-4-1 record. At Philadelphia Soccer Club as a player/coach, he led PSC Coppas to the Eastern PA state cup championship in 2009. During the summers, Jeremy coaches a wide variety of camps and clinics. In addition to coaching at the GFS Soccer camps, he has coached at Stuart Malcolm’s Soccer Academy since 2006, and has worked with some of the most storied NCAA coaches at Elite 300 Soccer Academy.

As a player, Hurdle was a four-year starter for the McGill University Redmen in Montreal, Canada (2008-12), and captained the team in his senior year. His stellar performance earned him a Canadian Silver Medal in 2009 and the Quebec Silver Medal in 2009 and 2011, as well as a one-time conference all-star recognition. Prior to this, he captained a team for the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and led them to the championship title at the 2011 NZ University Games.

“To be given the chance to coach at a school with such a stellar athletic and academic reputation is an incredible opportunity and I am eager to get started," said Hurdle. "I see soccer, and sport in general, as a powerful tool for shaping character and values that apply far beyond the field of play, and I look forward to being able to contribute to that process with my players. Soccer has always been my passion, and I will approach the position with the same enthusiasm and drive that I bring to all my coaching endeavors. I look forward to building on the strong girls soccer tradition at GFS, and cultivating a winning culture based on hard work, commitment, and team unity. ”

Girls Tennis: Kim McMenamin

Kim will be heading up both the Boys and Girls Varsity Tennis squads for the second year. She brings a depth of coaching experience to the Tennis program, having coached all levels and genders of tennis at GFS, in addition to her experience playing on the Division I Columbia University tennis team. Kim has been a teacher and coach at GFS since 2010. Kim’s tennis experience extends back to her junior tennis career while playing in high school. Her team won the Eastern Division State Championship in her senior year at Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, NJ. At Columbia, Kim competed against top Division I players and gained valuable match play experience playing singles for the Lions. After graduation, she was led to Germantown Friends because of its similarities to her own high school; both schools are known for intensive academics and strong sports. After coaching several successful seasons in both girls and boys tennis, in addition to middle school squash, Kim was prepared to take on the role of Boys and Girls Varsity Head Coach. Kim notes that her teaching ability plays a strong role in her coaching, especially due to the individual nature of tennis. “Individuals learn in a wide variety of styles,” she comments, “and I work with athletes individually so that I can get ideas across in the style that works best for each person.”

Winter Coaches

Boys Basketball: Shawn Werdt

 
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 Shawn Werdt of Roxborough is entering his second season as the Germantown Friends School Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach. He is also entering his first year as a member of the Germantown Friends Faculty as a Physical Education teacher.

Last season, Coach Werdt led the Varsity team to many new and exciting firsts for the program. They qualified for the Friends Schools League Playoffs for the first time since 2007 and also qualified for the schools first-ever appearance in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) post-season state tournament. The Tigers also doubled their total number of league wins from the previous season.

This past summer Coach Werdt was able to successfully rejuvenate the GFS Community Basketball and Education Camp. The camp is designed to address the recreational, athletic, and academic needs of students entering grades 4 -9. The program runs from June to August. Instruction is given in the areas of basketball, reading, and mathematics.

Werdt has five years of college-level coaching experience at Philadelphia University, and was mentored by the legendary Herb Magee. During his tenure, the Rams earned three NCAA Tournament appearances and reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. He was co-director of the Herb Magee Basketball Camps and Clinics, where he specialized in shooting and worked with top international players. From there he went on to create his own basketball academy, Shawn Werdt Elite Skills. Werdt was a four-year varsity letter award winner at West Chester University, where he was coached by the notable Dick Delaney. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education as well as a Master's Degree in Exercise Science. Werdt looks forward to continuing to take the basketball program to new heights.

Read the 2013 article about Coach Werdt on the  City of Basketball Love website! Read more

Girls Basketball: Tiffany Davis

 

 
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Tiffany Davis is the new Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach. Davis comes to GFS from a storied career of coaching and mentoring that includes University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Abington Friends School, and William Penn Charter School. Coach Davis’s collegiate athletic career includes DI and DII Basketball at Manhattan College and Dowling College.
While at Manhattan, she played on the 2003 MAAC-D1 Basketball Championship Team that included a 1st round NCAA/ESPN appearance. At Dowling, she earned All-Academic Team Honors each year and was on the Athletic Director Honor Roll in her senior year. She is also an alumna of West Catholic High School where she played Varsity Basketball and earned 3rd Team All-City honors.

Davis has consistently blended her coaching career with a focus on youth development to enrich and empower young women. From 2003-2006, she coached at the Villanova University Girls Basketball Camp, where she taught the fundamentals of the game and life skills to girls ages 9-19. She was the assistant coach at Abington Friends from 2006-2008, and then worked as a volunteer assistant women’s coach at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2009-2010 before becoming the assistant coach for the Varsity team at Penn Charter in 2010-2011. During this time, she volunteered as a career mentor speaker at the Upward Bound program at the University of Pennsylvania and the Attic Youth Center. This year, Davis participated in the Uniquely You Summit which helps African American girls ages 11-18 define themselves through increasing global awareness and inspiring them to become trailblazers outside their communities and neighborhoods.

In addition to coaching, Davis is the Director of the Clinical Education Assessment Center for the Drexel University College of Medicine. She has been with Drexel since 2007, and in her current position she is responsible for supervising the Clinical Education Assessment Center, where she trains the Standardized Patients in medical cases that help medical students practice clinical skills with hopes of building great doctors of the future. She holds a Master’s in Communications from Drexel and a Bachelor’s in Visual Communications from Dowling.

“I am tremendously excited to bring such a talented, experienced, and committed professional to be a leader and mentor to our Varsity basketball players,” said GFS Director of Athletics Katie Bergstrom Mark.

I am proud to be a part of the GFS family and also very excited to spread my joy for life and basketball all while helping our players seek their full potential, challenge their strengths and weaknesses, yet honor our overall progression as a team,” said Davis.

Wrestling: Kazem Gholami

Coach Gholami is an international wrestling champion who is now in his fourth season as head coach of the GFS Varsity Wrestling Program. He was an eight-year member of the Iranian National Wrestling Team in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman. He won gold medals in international tournaments including the Tilisi Tournament in Russia (defeating American champion Lloyd Keaser), and the Tehran Tournament in Iran. He also placed fifth at the 1973 and 1974 World Championships. Coach Gholami began a wrestling club in England while pursuing his University degree, before moving to the United States in 1981. He has directed numerous clinics for local independent schools, and was the Head Wrestling Coach at Chestnut Hill Academy from 1994-99.

Indoor Track: Rob Hewitt

Coach Hewitt, now in his 11th year as the GFS Head Boys’ Cross Country and Distance coach, contributes a great amount of knowledge and experience to the athletic staff. He also has worked with Boys & Girls Indoor Track and Field and Girls’ Outdoor Track & Field. An alumnus of Saint Joseph’s University, class of 2003, Hewitt competed as a cross-country athlete at the Division 1 level. As a member of SJU’s Cross-Country team, he served as captain his senior season and helped lead the Hawks to a second place finish in the Atlantic 10 conference. Since arriving at GFS, he has continued to lead his teams to success. Hewitt has guided the GFS program to 7 straight Friends Schools XC titles (2004-2010) and 5 straight PA Independent State XC titles (2006-2010). In 2007 and 2009, the GFS Cross Country Team has been ranked top 15 nationally (10th in 2007, 14th in 2009) and featured in The Harrier magazine, Dyestat.com, Milesplit.us, and ESPN Rise. He has coached 8 athletes to 13 All-American Honors, which included an NSIC Indoor National 2-mile Champion in an all-time Indoor PA record and an all-time PA Indoor record in the 4x1 Mile Relay. In 2008, the Tigers won the Penn Relays Distance Medley Championship of America and in 2009 qualified as one of 22 schools in the nation for the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) in Portland, Oregon. In accordance with his team’s success, Hewitt has been recognized as a three- time Pennsylvania Independent Schools Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2006, 2008, and 2009.

Boys Squash: Doug Whitaker

Coach Whittaker brings to Germantown Friends’ School a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as a true passion for the sport of squash. He himself is a four-time Canadian National Champion, World Doubles 30+ Champion and a five-time Canadian World Team member. His impressive athletic background is coupled with a BA from York University in Toronto, a MA equivalent in International Business and a MBA from Temple University. For the last 15 years, Coach Whittaker has worked at Germantown Cricket Club. During this time, he has had produced numerous Junior Champions and members of World Juniors teams. He currently holds the title of Head Squash Professional at GCC. This is Coach Whittaker’s sixth season working with the GFS Boy’s and Girls’ Squash Teams. Since he joined GFS he feels that the teams have “improved immensely.” As Boy’s Squash coach this season he comments, “I am expecting very big things from this year’s squad.”

Girls Squash: Adam Hamill

Adam brings extensive international coaching experience to the Girls Varsity Squash program at Germantown Friends. Originally from Scotland, Adam represented his country in the World Junior Championships in 2000 and was a member of the National League, winning several individual titles over the course of 15 years. After coaching several club teams at Strathclyde University in Scotland, Adam was the US Junior Men’s Assistant National Coach, leading his team to the highest finish in US history at the 2008 World Championships. In 2009, he was named the National Coach of the Year by the US Olympic Committee. Adam now resides in Philadelphia, where he is a Squash Professional at the Germantown Cricket Club. With his level of experience, Adam is able to develop individualized training programs for each of his players to help them perform at a higher competitive standard.

Spring Coaches

Baseball: Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn is in his fourth season as the head baseball coach at Germantown Friends School. Coach Gunn brings extensive collegiate level coaching experience to the GFS program. 

In his first season in 2012, the Tigers won the Friend's School League Title and finished runner-up in 2013. 

Gunn's playing days were spent at Saint Joseph's University where he was a three-year starter at first base. He finished his career in the top 10 all-time in hits, doubles, home runs and RBI. He hit .325 with seven home runs and 16 doubles as a senior.
Gunn spent his prep years at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia where he played in the Carpenter Cup for three seasons and was named first team All-City as a Senior.
In the summer of 2001, Gunn coached the Brooklawn American Legion program that won the National Championship with a final record of 56-4. In 2003, he guided the junior legion squad to the State Final game.
 

In the summer of 2004, he was an Assistant Coach for the Outer Banks Daredevils of the Coastal Plains college summer league, his team finished runner-up on the season. In the summer of 2005, Gunn coached in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League with the Brewster Whitecaps.

From 2006-2007, he was the hitting instructor at his alma mater, Saint Joseph's, before he moved on to Swarthmore College from 2009-2011 where he helped the team make the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the first time in school history. He has an ongoing role as a Head Coach at the Maplezone Sports Academy in Great Valley, PA running various age groups. In 2010 and 2013, He was the Head Coach of the summer Wood Bat program at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. At the end of 2014, he will coach a youth team in the 2014 Good Will Games In Australia.

Lacrosse: Katie Bergstrom Mark

Coach Bergstrom Mark, who is also the Head Athletic Director at Germantown Friends School, is in her 14th season as Varsity Lacrosse Coach. During past seasons, the program has won four Friends’ League Championships and been a league Finalist every other year. More than 30 of her athletes have gone on to play Division I or Division III lacrosse at schools including Dartmouth, Penn, Middlebury, Bates, Bowdoin, Howard, Wesleyan, MIT and Davidson. Bergstrom Mark has extensive experience coaching youth to elite players at camps, clinics, and tournaments at the local and national level. During her own playing career at Columbia University, she was the leading scorer for Division I Lacrosse, Ivy League Lacrosse and Field Hockey Teams. Coach Bergstrom Mark is also the Director of the GFS Summer Camps.

Softball: Stephanie Aurello

Stephanie Aurello is in her first season at GFS's Head Softball Coach.  Stephanie did her undergradaute work at Penn State Abington, and recently completed her Masters in Sports Management at Drexel. Stephanie was an assistant coach, JV Head Coach and then the Head Varsity Coach at Mount St. Joseph Academy over a five year period. Coach Aurello has been a softball junkie her whole life, and still competes in a fast-pitch womens softball league.  As a catcher, Stephanie has an inherent ability to analyze the game at a fast pace.

Boys Tennis: Kim McMenamin

Kim is heading up both the Boys and Girls Varsity Tennis squads for her third year. She brings a depth of coaching experience to the Tennis program, having coached all levels and genders of tennis at GFS, in addition to her experience playing on the Division I Columbia University tennis team. Kim has been a teacher and coach at GFS since 2010. Kim’s tennis experience extends back to her junior tennis career while playing in high school. Her team won the Eastern Division State Championship in her senior year at Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, NJ. At Columbia, Kim competed against top Division I players and gained valuable match play experience playing singles for the Lions. After graduation, she was led to Germantown Friends because of its similarities to her own high school; both schools are known for intensive academics and strong sports. After coaching several successful seasons in both girls and boys tennis, in addition to middle school squash, Kim was prepared to take on the role of Boys and Girls Varsity Head Coach. Kim notes that her teaching ability plays a strong role in her coaching, especially due to the individual nature of tennis. “Individuals learn in a wide variety of styles,” she comments, “and I work with athletes individually so that I can get ideas across in the style that works best for each person.”

Boys Track & Field: Tom Myran

Coach Myran has been and integral part of the Germantown Friends School faculty since 1988. Currently, he works as the Head Varsity Boys’ Track Coach, Middle School Basketball Coach, 10th Grade Advisor/College Advisor, and Physical Education Teacher. Entering his 16th season as Head Coach of the Boys’ Track and Field Team, Coach Myran has led the Tigers to eight Friends’ School League Championships (1996-98, 2004, 2006-08 & 2012), two Penn Relays Championships in DMR Championship of America (2008) and 4x400m Independent School Champions (2003) as well as a PAISSA State Championship in 2010.
Throughout his time at GFS, Coach Myran has also held the titles of Director of Boys’ Athletics (1997-2006), Physical Education Department Head (1992-1995), Assistant Athletics Director (1991-1997), and Adventure Education Instructor and Life Issues Instructor.

Girls Track & Field: Rob Hewitt

Coach Hewitt, now in his 12th year as the GFS Head Boys’ Cross Country and Distance coach, contributes a great amount of knowledge and experience to the athletic staff. He also has worked with Boys & Girls Indoor Track and Field and Girls’ Outdoor Track & Field. An alumnus of Saint Joseph’s University, class of 2003, Hewitt competed as a cross-country athlete at the Division 1 level. As a member of SJU’s Cross-Country team, he served as captain his senior season and helped lead the Hawks to a second place finish in the Atlantic 10 conference. Since arriving at GFS, he has continued to lead his teams to success. Hewitt has guided the GFS program to 7 straight Friends Schools XC titles (2004-2010) and 5 straight PA Independent State XC titles (2006-2010). In 2007 and 2009, the GFS Cross Country Team has been ranked top 15 nationally (10th in 2007, 14th in 2009) and featured in The Harrier magazine, Dyestat.com, Milesplit.us, and ESPN Rise. He has coached 8 athletes to 13 All-American Honors, which included an NSIC Indoor National 2-mile Champion in an all-time Indoor PA record and an all-time PA Indoor record in the 4x1 Mile Relay. In 2008, the Tigers won the Penn Relays Distance Medley Championship of America and in 2009 qualified as one of 22 schools in the nation for the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) in Portland, Oregon. In accordance with his team’s success, Hewitt has been recognized as a three- time Pennsylvania Independent Schools Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2006, 2008, and 2009.

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