Athletics

Meet the Athletic Department

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

Varsity Coaches

Fall Coaches

Cross Country: Rob Hewitt

Rob Hewitt, now in his 12th 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: Katie Bergstrom Mark

Field Hockey Coach

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

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Jeremy Hurdle is in his second year as 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 .

In his first year at GFS, he led the team to a historic season.  The team won the Friends League Championship for the first time in school history with a 6-1-1 record in league play.  The Tigers scored 24 goals, while only conceding 5.  The 2014 team also earned a #5 seed in the PAISAA State Tournament and made a its best ever run, upsetting the #4 seed before eventually losing at the semifinal stage.  Six players from the team were selected as Friends League All-League representatives, while one player was named as a Southeastern PA All-Star.

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 C 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 U14 YMS Premier 01 team. He has also coached on the boys side at Germantown Academy. 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 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: Justin Gilmore

Justin Gilmore knows GFS well. He is a 1996 alumnus who has rejoined the school community as JV Tennis Head Coach last year, and is now taking the Varsity reins this fall.   Justin played Varsity Tennis for the Tigers and Tennis has continued to be a big part of his life ever since. 

Justin has taught at the Penn Tennis Center, where he provided lessons for children and adults, directed a Saturday Junior Development Program, and played a heavy role in the Penn Tennis Camp, where he worked as Associate Director and later the Co-Director.

Justin’s creative approach and his ability to inspire are also found in other aspects of his life. An accomplished magic performer, Justin regularly entertains patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and his clients include organizations and schools throughout the Philadelphia area. He is also the owner and manager of his own independent record label, Karma Response Unit Records.

Winter Coaches

Boys Basketball: Shawn Werdt

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

In Coach Werdt’s second season at the helm, the Tigers finished with a 21-5 record and a runner-up finish in the Friends League Championship as well as another berth in the PAISAA post-season state tournament. It was the first time since 1997 that a Germantown Friends School team made it to the FSL Championship game. The 2014-15 team achieved the second most wins in the history of the school as well as finishing in the Philadelphia Inquirer Southeastern PA Top 25 for the first time in school history. Four of the graduating student athletes have gone on to play college basketball and three of those players were named to the FSL All League Team. For such a historic season at Germantown Friends School, Coach Werdt was awarded the City of Basketball Love Inter-Ac and Friends League Coach of the Year.

In Coach Werdt’s first season, he 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.

The past two summers, Coach Werdt was able to successfully rejuvenate the GFS Community Basketball and Enrichment 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 instruction. 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. 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:

Girls Squash: Kim Palterman

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.

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: Justin Gilmore

Justin Gilmore knows GFS well. He is a 1996 alumnus who has rejoined the school community as JV Tennis Head Coach last year, and is now taking the Varsity reins this fall. Justin played Varsity Tennis for the Tigers and Tennis has continued to be a big part of his life ever since.

Justin has taught at the Penn Tennis Center, where he provided lessons for children and adults, directed a Saturday Junior Development Program, and played a heavy role in the Penn Tennis Camp, where he worked as Associate Director and later the Co-Director.

Justin’s creative approach and his ability to inspire are also found in other aspects of his life. An accomplished magic performer, Justin regularly entertains patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and his clients include organizations and schools throughout the Philadelphia area. He is also the owner and manager of his own independent record label, Karma Response Unit Records.

Boys & Girls Track & Field: Rob Hewitt

Coach Hewitt contributes a great amount of knowledge and experience to the athletic staff, bringing more than a dozen years of coaching experience to his role as Head Coach of the Girls and Boys Track & Field teams.  He also has worked with Boys & Girls Indoor Track and Field and Boys & Girls Cross Country. 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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