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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.

Athletics News

Scores and Schedules

Recent Scores

Basketball (Varsity)

vs. NEPSAC Class B Tournament


Basketball (Varsity)

vs. Cheshire Academy


Basketball (JV)

vs. Rectory School


Swimming

vs. Founders League Championship


Basketball (Middle School)

vs. Williston Northampton School


Basketball (Varsity)

vs. Marianapolis Prep


Basketball (JV)

vs. Marianapolis Prep


Squash

vs. Berkshire School Thirds


Skiing

vs. Carl Williams Slalom Championship (All BSL Schools)


loss: 2-5

Squash

vs. Millbrook School


Game Summary
loss: 0-7

Squash

vs. Berkshire School


Game Summary

Basketball (Middle School)

vs. Rumsey Hall School


loss: 3-4

Squash

vs. Williston Northampton School


Game Summary
loss: 1-6

Squash

vs. Suffield Academy


Game Summary
win: 75-57

Swimming

vs. Westover School


Game Summary

Skiing

vs. BSL Schools - JV Race


Basketball (Varsity)

vs. Choate Rosemary Hall


Squash

vs. Westover School


win: 46-25

Basketball (JV)

vs. Kingswood Oxford School


Game Summary

Basketball (Varsity)

vs. Kingswood Oxford School


Upcoming Games


Lacrosse (Varsity)

vs. The Frederick Gunn School

home


Lacrosse (Varsity)

vs. St. Luke's School

away


Lacrosse (Varsity)

vs. Cheshire Academy

home


Softball (Varsity)

vs. Miss Porter's School

home


Tennis (Varsity)

vs. Miss Hall's School

away


Golf (Varsity)

vs. Miss Porter's School

away


Golf (Varsity)

vs. Wilbraham & Monson Academy

away


Lacrosse (Varsity)

vs. Suffield Academy

away


Tennis (Varsity)

vs. Loomis Chaffee School

home


Softball (Varsity)

vs. Choate Rosemary Hall

home


Lacrosse (Varsity)

vs. Kent School

home


Lacrosse (Varsity)

vs. Kingswood Oxford School

home


Tennis (Varsity)

vs. Westminster School

away


Lacrosse (Middle School)

vs. Renbrook School

away


Lacrosse (Varsity)

vs. Wilbraham & Monson Academy

home


Golf (Varsity)

vs. The Hotchkiss School

away


Golf (Varsity)

vs. Williston Northampton School

away


Softball (Varsity)

vs. Kingswood Oxford School

home


Tennis (Varsity)

vs. Choate Rosemary Hall

away


Softball (Varsity)

vs. Greenwich Country Day School

away


Lacrosse (Varsity)

vs. Taft School

home


Tennis (Varsity)

vs. Berkshire School

home


Lacrosse (Middle School)

vs. Rumsey Hall School

away


Golf (Varsity)

vs. Loomis Chaffee School

away


Golf (Varsity)

vs. Williston Northampton School

away


Tennis (Varsity)

vs. Miss Porter's School

home


Softball (Varsity)

vs. Cheshire Academy

away


Lacrosse (Varsity)

vs. Hamden Hall Country Day School

away


Lacrosse (Varsity)

vs. Miss Porter's School

away


Softball (Varsity)

vs. Suffield Academy

away


Tennis (Varsity)

vs. Williston Northampton School

away


Golf (Varsity)

vs. Taft School

home


Tennis (Varsity)

vs. Kingswood Oxford School

away


Golf (Varsity)

vs. Choate Rosemary Hall

away


Lacrosse (Varsity)

vs. Choate Rosemary Hall

home


Lacrosse (Varsity)

vs. Forman School

away


Tennis (Varsity)

vs. Canterbury School

home


Softball (Varsity)

vs. Taft School

home


Golf (Varsity)

vs. Westminster School

home


Golf (Varsity)

vs. Miss Hall's School

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

Brett Benzio

Brett Benzio

Director of Athletics

Brett Benzio

 860-408-4290

B.S., Tulane University
M.B.A., Lynn University

Brett Benzio hails from sunny South Florida where she was a multi-sport athlete in high school. In her four years at Jensen Beach High School, Brett was a state champion in basketball and volleyball – winning the State Tournament MVP in volleyball and Player of the Year in both basketball and volleyball as a senior. JBHS inducted Brett into their hall of fame in 2013. Brett chose to pursue basketball in college and was a four-year starter at Tulane University. During her time in New Orleans, Brett solidified her impact on the program in the record books and most impressively as the second woman in school history to score at least 1,000 points and pull down at least 1,000 rebounds. After completing her collegiate career, Brett continued playing professionally for MB Slovenka in the Czech Republic and DJK Brose in Germany.

As an athletic professional, Brett has both collegiate and prep school experience. As the director of operations for the Harvard women’s basketball team, Brett was instrumental in managing the program’s travel, events, and day-to-day operations. Brett gained more collegiate experience as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at the University of Vermont, where she was the compliance liaison, marketing director, and academic advisor for athletes in the program. With a combined seven years of experience at the New Hampton School and Lawrence Academy, Brett has had the opportunity to familiarize herself with operations within NEPSAC.

Brett holds a BS degree from Tulane University in Management and a MBA from Lynn University in Athletic Administration and Media & Marketing Management.

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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 coach at the high school and collegiate 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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Jillian Mountford

Jill Mountford

Admission Associate for Athletics and Athletics Liaison to College Counseling, Head Lacrosse Coach

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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