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 Athletic Assistant
Maryanne Rawlings, ATC Athletics Trainer

Varsity Coaches

Fall Coaches

Cross Country: 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.

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

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 has been selected as the new Germantown Friends School Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach. Werdt has five years of college-level coaching experience at Philadelphia University, being 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 of Health and Physical Education and a Master’s in Exercise Science. Werdt looks forward to his first season and comments, "I want to take the Germantown Friends program to places it has never been, and I am looking forward to new and positive firsts for the program."

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.

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.

Spring Coaches

Baseball: Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn is in his third season as the head baseball coach at Germantown Friends School. Gunn brings extensive collegiate level coaching experience to the GFS program. He was  Swarthmore College’s Assistant Baseball Coach from 2009-2011. At Swarthmore, Gunn helped the team make the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the first time in school history. He has an ongoing role as Head Coach at the Maplezone Sports Academy in Great Valley, PA,  His resume also includes experience as Head Coach/ Baseball Instructor at the All Star Baseball Academy in Broomall, PA. In 2010, and Head Coach of the summer Wood Bat program at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

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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