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Athletics are an integral part of our girls’ experience. When young women train and compete, they rise to meet new challenges, step into leadership roles, and emerge physically and intellectually stronger — as individuals and as team members. Each girl competes with a passion and determination, and with pride in the Walker’s name. In every aspect of their life at Walker’s, students are empowered to lead with confidence, courage, conviction, and integrity.

Walker’s athletic teams compete in the Founders League, a league of highly selective college preparatory schools, and nationally recognized as one of the most competitive and respected leagues in the country. As a member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), Walker’s Athletics program supports the NEPSAC Code of Ethics.

Middle School Athletics

At Walker’s Middle School, girls play sports at the level that meets their abilities. Some students excel on Middle School teams while others have the skill to play at the JV or varsity level. At the start of each season, some Middle School athletes are invited by Walker’s Athletic Director or coaches to try out for a JV or varsity team.


Varsity Soccer 2022
Alex O. ’23

Spotlight on 2022 varsity soccer

By Juliet L. ’23

Walker’s Varsity Soccer has started the season with playing eight games and currently having a record of 3-5 with wins against Kent, The Frederick Gunn school, and Macduffie. With a young team, great enthusiasm, and a packed schedule, the Wildcats are excited for what the rest of the season has to offer. Coach Colin Griggs is in his first year coaching at Walker’s, and with energy and passion he brings a positive approach to the game. He is excited for the rest of the season: “The Varsity Soccer team has had a tough start to the season with a very challenging schedule, but they have competed hard in every game. With 10 games left this fall, there is a lot to be excited about for the 2022 Walker’s season!” The three varsity captains, Martha O. ‘23, Sarah S. ‘23, and Lauren K. ‘23, have had some positive words to share about their connection as a team and some memorable games so far this season. Sarah S. ’23 says, “I think my favorite game was against Suffield. The team has been working so hard all season and it was the first game we all gelled with each other. I am really proud of everyone’s efforts.” Although Walker’s lost to Suffield Academy, the girls never gave up hope and continued to push themselves. Lauren K. ’23, on the other hand, enjoyed their win against Kent: “We played really well in the Kent game. We combined a lot of passes in the middle and worked as a unit defensively. We have a packed schedule in the upcoming weeks and look to get some good results then.” As Lauren said, we are all excited for their packed schedule and some great victories to follow. A packed schedule means that the girls will be putting in the effort, and Martha O. ’23 is up for the challenge: “The Varsity Soccer team is a hard-working team. It works together, and when faced with a challenge, every player pulls their weight. I am really proud of us when playing. While playing Suffield Academy last week, I saw every person work so hard and come together as a team. Even though we came up short, we gave Suffield a run for their money and it proved to us how we can play.”

Athletics News

Scores and Schedules

Recent Scores

Squash (Varsity)

vs. Rectory School


Basketball (JV)

vs. Choate Rosemary Hall


Squash (Varsity)

vs. Indian Mountain School


Skiing (Varsity)

vs. Taft School, Loomis Chaffee, Forman School, Miss Porter's, Cheshire Academy


loss: 31-35

Basketball (Varsity)

vs. Miss Porter's School


Game Summary

Basketball (Middle School)

vs. Kingswood Oxford School


Basketball (Middle School)

vs. Renbrook School


loss: 32-56

Basketball (JV)

vs. Renbrook School


win: 36-29

Basketball (Varsity)

vs. Westminster School


Game Summary
loss: 29-44

Basketball (Varsity)

vs. Berkshire School


Game Summary

Squash (Varsity)

vs. Westminster School


Basketball (JV)

vs. Miss Porter's School


loss: 28-65

Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Hopkins School


loss: 27-66

Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Sacred Heart


Squash (Varsity)

vs. Taft School


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Miss Porter's School


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Westover School


Basketball (JV)

vs. Choate Rosemary Hall


Skiing (Varsity)

vs. Frederick Gunn School, Forman School, Loomis Chaffee, Miss Porter's School,


win: 34-4

Basketball (Middle School)

vs. Rumsey Hall School


Upcoming Games


Skiing (Varsity)

vs. BSL David Rockwell GS Championship

away


Basketball (Varsity)

vs. Taft School

away


Basketball (JV)

vs. Taft School

away


Squash (Varsity)

vs. Miss Porter's School

away


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Hamden Hall Country Day School

home


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Wilbraham & Monson Academy

home


Squash (Varsity)

vs. Canterbury School

away


Basketball (Middle School)

vs. Watkinson School

home


Skiing (Varsity)

vs. BSL Schools

away


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Miss Porter's School

away


Basketball (JV)

vs. Suffield Academy

home


Squash (Varsity)

vs. Suffield Academy

away


Basketball (Varsity)

vs. Greens Farms Academy

away


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Westover School

home


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Kingswood Oxford School

home


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Northfield Mount Hermon School

home


Squash (Varsity)

vs. Williston Northampton School

away


Skiing (Varsity)

vs. NEPSAC Class B Championship

away


Basketball (Varsity)

vs. Kingswood Oxford School

home


Basketball (Middle School)

vs. Rumsey Hall School

home


Squash (Varsity)

vs. Choate Rosemary Hall

away


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Wilbraham & Monson Academy

home


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Williston Northampton School

home


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Avon Old Farms

home


Squash (Varsity)

vs. Westover School

away


Basketball (Varsity)

vs. Wilbraham & Monson Academy

home


Squash (Varsity)

vs. NEPSAC Class E Tournament

away


Basketball (JV)

vs. Rectory School

home


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Westover School

home


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Rectory School

home


Squash (Varsity)

vs. Berkshire School

away


Skiing (Varsity)

vs. BSL Carl Williams Slalom Championship

away


Basketball (Varsity)

vs. Marianapolis Prep

away


Squash (Varsity)

vs. Millbrook School

away


Basketball (JV)

vs. American School For the Deaf

home


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. Founders League

away


Basketball (Varsity)

vs. Cheshire Academy

home


Basketball (JV)

vs. Rumsey Hall School

home


Swimming (Varsity)

vs. NEPSAC Division III Championships

away

Aquatic Center
Centennial Center Gym
Squash pavilion
Dance Studio
Field and Courts
Team Room
Fitness Center
Health Center
Oasis (OMR Architects Photography: Robert Benson Photography)
Aquatic Center

Walker’s Aquatic Center is home to an eight-lane, 25-yard pool. The pool depth and gutter system make it one of the fastest pools in New England.

Double gymnasium

Walker’s double gymnasium hosts basketball and volleyball games, as well as community events such as pep rallies and celebrations.

Squash Pavilion

Walker’s squash pavilion features four courts and The Harriet Blees Dewey ’60, P’86 Squash Gallery.

Dance Studios

Walker’s state-of-the-art dance suite in the Centennial Center includes two dance studios with sprung floors, ample natural light, and sweeping views of Talcott Mountain.

Fields and Courts

Walker’s athletic fields and courts include three natural grass soccer fields, two softball fields, two synthetic fields for field hockey and lacrosse, and seven tennis courts.

Team Room

Inspired by a collegiate style, Walker’s locker rooms are the hub for team camaraderie.

Fitness Center

Available to all Walker’s students and faculty, the fitness center has modern cross training equipment and sweeping views of Talcott Mountain.

Health Center

The Joyce K. McIntyre Health Center is named in honor of Joyce McIntyre, B.S., R.N., C.N.C., who has been helping to heal and nurture Walker’s girls since 1984. The Health Center has four overnight rooms, two treatment rooms, health classroom, and a kitchen.

Oasis

The proceeds from the 2014 Garden Oasis Gala and Auction were used to name the gathering space outside of the lower level training room and wellness center. The space is one of the most highly active areas in the building with direct access to outdoor playing fields.

From Our Athletes

Scholar-Athletes

At Walker's, my teachers were also my coaches. It gave me the opportunity to get to know them outside the classroom whether it be on the fields, the slopes, or the courts.

Lily Cullen '20

Lily Cullen playing lacrosse

EWAC

Walker's sports would not have been the same without my coaches and teammates. They care about me not just as an athlete but also as a student. They made me see that there is always room for improvement.

Ku Paw '22

Ku playing squash

College Athletes

Walker's prepared me very well for college, especially being an athlete. Walker's taught me to maintain a balance of academics and sports.

Mariah Dunn '19ECSU

Mariah Dunn playing basketball
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Meet the Staff

John Monagan

John Monagan

Interim Athletic Director, History Faculty

John Monagan

 860-408-4290

B.A., Johns Hopkins University
M.S., Drexel University

John Monagan grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut, where he attended Chase Collegiate School from 6th-12th grade. From Waterbury, John headed south to attend Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in history. After four enjoyable years in Baltimore, John’s years in private school led him to The Ethel Walker School, where he taught history and English. John spent his first four years at Walker’s teaching 6th-9th grade history and 6th-7th grade English. He has also spent time running student activities. John earned his Master of Science degree from Drexel University in Sports Management while working at Walker’s. He previously served as Walker’s Athletic Director for nine years and continues to teach in the history department. John is the head coach of the varsity basketball and softball teams and lives on campus with his wife and daughter.

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Mimi Duran

Mimi Duran P'18

Associate Athletic Director

Mimi Duran P'18

 860-408-4294

B.S., Recreation and Park Administration, University of Maine
B.S., Natural Resource Management, University of Maine
M.S., Georgetown University

Mimi Duran has over 30 years of coaching experience, both in independent and public schools, and began her tenure at Walker’s in fall 2007 leading an aggressive field hockey effort, winning seven CISAC League Titles, six CISAC Tournament Titles, and the Class C WNEPSAC Championship Title in 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Her teams have appeared in the NEPSCA Field Hockey Tournament in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

She holds a Connecticut Coaching Certification, Level 2 United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) Coaching Certification, and is a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (USFHA), the Connecticut Field Hockey Coaches Association, and a USFHA Futures coach. Duran has taken nine teams to the National Field Hockey Festival and three teams to play in Europe. Several of her former players have earned All-State recognition, Regional All-American recognition, and have played Division I, II, and III field hockey at the collegiate level. Several alumnae have pursued coaching and currently coach at the high school level.

In addition to her coaching duties, Mimi Duran is Associate Athletic Director. She holds a Master’s degree in Professional Sports Management from Georgetown University.

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Kristin Nicolle

Head Athletic Trainer

Kristin Nicolle

 860-408-4293

B.S., Keene State College
M.E., Springfield College

Kristin Nicolle has 21 years of experience as a Head Athletic Trainer in private schools. She began her career at the Madeira School in McLean, VA, where she started the athletic training program. Kristin started at Walker’s in fall 2004.

While working at Walker’s, Kristin was house faculty for two years and Dorm Director of Smith dorm for one year, a Middle School advisor, Middle School physical education teacher, assistant Middle School basketball and softball coach, Middle School Wellness teacher, and Assistant Athletic Director. Kristin continues as the Head Athletic Trainer.

Kristin has a Master of Education degree from Springfield College in Sports Injury, Prevention and Management and is a Certified Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification. Kristin is also a licensed Athletic Trainer in the state of Connecticut.

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