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Mackenzie Kenzie Hine

Kenzie Hine '16

Program and Development Manager for Horizons at The Ethel Walker School

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Jae Kirkland Rice

Jae Kirkland Rice

Assistant Coach

Jae Kirkland Rice

 860-408-4331

B.A., Brown University
M.A., Yale University
M.Phil, Yale University

Jae Rice joins the Walker’s coaching staff for the first season this winter. He is passionate about athletics and works with college-bound athletes on campus who are looking to improve their strength and conditioning as they prepare for collegiate-level competition. As a student at Brown University, he competed in club rugby, participating in the Ivy League 7s series and the 15s collegiate circuit, where his team earned berths at nationals twice in four years. Coach Rice joined the Walker’s community in the fall of 2021 as an English teacher and Upper School co-advisor. He lives in Cluett with his dog, Sprocket.

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Walker’s junior varsity basketball program mixes basketball instruction with a competitive interscholastic schedule.

While many girls are interested in learning the basics of the game, this team also caters to the individuals who are close to the varsity level but may need one or two seasons of polishing up skills in a less competitive environment.

The junior varsity team works closely with the varsity team in practices and in games. The teams share practice time during the beginning of the year, and often play games following one another against the same opponents.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker's basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Our basketball program stresses the development of a selfless attitude while on the road to success. Shared team goals around achievement, competition, and both group and personal growth have created a program that pulls the best out of each program member. An encouraging and supporting environment has allowed the achievement of these goals, which has translated to success for both the team and the individual. 

Our League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker's basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Holiday Tournament

Holiday Tournament

Holiday Tournament

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Patrick Durning

Dr. Patrick Durning

Assistant Coach

Dr. Patrick Durning

Patrick Durning joins the winter coaching staff at Walker’s for the 2021-2022 season. After serving as co-coach for Middle School soccer this fall, Coach Durning is looking forward to working with the Upper School athletes. He has previously coached cross-country, soccer, track, basketball and ice hockey at the high school level. In addition to coaching, Coach Durning teaches history and economics at Walker’s and is a dorm parent in Cluett.

Our basketball program stresses the development of a selfless attitude while on the road to success. Shared team goals around achievement, competition, and both group and personal growth have created a program that pulls the best out of each program member. An encouraging and supporting environment has allowed the achievement of these goals, which has translated to success for both the team and the individual. 

Our League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker's basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class C division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Walker’s junior varsity basketball program mixes basketball instruction with a competitive interscholastic schedule.

While many girls are interested in learning the basics of the game, this team also caters to the individuals who are close to the varsity level but may need one or two seasons of polishing up skills in a less competitive environment.

The junior varsity team works closely with the varsity team in practices and in games. The teams share practice time during the beginning of the year, and often play games following one another against the same opponents.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker's basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Spectator policy: Please note that we are not permitting visiting team spectators for our home contests through February 5, 2022.

The Middle School basketball program encourages participation for each player, and with that participation comes the growth of a competitive spirit and a joy in playing the game of basketball.

Student athletes on the Middle School basketball team are taught to learn and love the game. Our students from grades six through eight spend their practice time understanding the fundamentals of defense, the proper way to run offensive plays, and the skill sets (dribbling, passing, shooting) that will allow them to become better players in the future. Our Middle School team plays an interscholastic schedule of games against area schools. 

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker’s basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Spectator policy: Please note that we are not permitting visiting team spectators for our home contests through February 5, 2022.

Our basketball program stresses the development of a selfless attitude while on the road to success. Shared team goals around achievement, competition, and both group and personal growth have created a program that pulls the best out of each program member. An encouraging and supporting environment has allowed the achievement of these goals, which has translated to success for both the team and the individual. 

Our League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker's basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Spectator policy: Please note that masks are required indoors and visitors to campus must provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

Walker’s junior varsity basketball program mixes basketball instruction with a competitive interscholastic schedule.

While many girls are interested in learning the basics of the game, this team also caters to the individuals who are close to the varsity level but may need one or two seasons of polishing up skills in a less competitive environment.

The junior varsity team works closely with the varsity team in practices and in games. The teams share practice time during the beginning of the year, and often play games following one another against the same opponents.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker's basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Spectator policy: Please note that masks are required indoors and visitors to campus must provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

The Middle School basketball program encourages participation for each player, and with that participation comes the growth of a competitive spirit and a joy in playing the game of basketball.

Student athletes on the Middle School basketball team are taught to learn and love the game. Our students from grades six through eight spend their practice time understanding the fundamentals of defense, the proper way to run offensive plays, and the skill sets (dribbling, passing, shooting) that will allow them to become better players in the future. Our Middle School team plays an interscholastic schedule of games against area schools. 

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker’s basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Spectator policy: Please note that masks are required indoors and visitors to campus must provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

David Thacker P'24, '27

Assistant Coach

David Thacker P'24, '27

 860-408-4307

B.S., Weber State University
M.F.A., The University of Idaho
Ph.D., Florida State University

Mimi Duran

Mimi Duran P'18

Head Coach

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 30 years of coaching experience in independent and public schools and holds a Connecticut Coaching Certification. She has coached, organized, and led town basketball leagues and tournaments. She began coaching middle school basketball in the winter of 2008- 2009.  Since then the team has found much success which includes three undefeated seasons, winning the Mooreland Hill Basketball Tournament, and receiving the Sportsmanship Award at the same tournament, as voted by coaches participating in the tournament.

Coach Duran believes that participation and skill-building are the keys to a successful middle school team. Emphasis is given to facilitating team relationships, which is the foundation for a social and emotional learning environment. The athletes learn to appreciate teamwork and understand that hard work and perseverance lead to success. The players learn how to work with coaches and to respect referees, opponents, peers, and themselves.

Coach Duran is also Varsity Field Hockey Coach and Associate Athletic Director. She holds a Master’s degree in Professional Sports Management from Georgetown University.

Scott Frey

Head Coach

Scott Frey

 860-408-4308

B.A., Gordon College
M.S., Simmons College

John Monagan

John Monagan

Head Coach

John Monagan

 860-408-4221

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

Coach John Monagan completed his 13th year coaching the Varsity Basketball team. Over his years at Walker’s, he has led the team to the NEPSAC Class C tournament five times. His philosophy centers around playing fast and having a strong offensive attack. Walker’s is now moving to Class B for basketball beginning with a slight schedule shift in 2021-2022. Coach Monagan also teaches history at Walker’s. In his playing years, Coach Monagan led his prep school basketball team to two New England Championships.

Our basketball program stresses the development of a selfless attitude while on the road to success. Shared team goals around achievement, competition, and both group and personal growth have created a program that pulls the best out of each program member. An encouraging and supporting environment has allowed the achievement of these goals, which has translated to success for both the team and the individual. 

Our League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker's basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Walker’s junior varsity basketball program mixes basketball instruction with a competitive interscholastic schedule.

While many girls are interested in learning the basics of the game, this team also caters to the individuals who are close to the varsity level but may need one or two seasons of polishing up skills in a less competitive environment.

The junior varsity team works closely with the varsity team in practices and in games. The teams share practice time during the beginning of the year, and often play games following one another against the same opponents.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker's basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

The Middle School basketball program encourages participation for each player, and with that participation comes the growth of a competitive spirit and a joy in playing the game of basketball.

Student athletes on the Middle School basketball team are taught to learn and love the game. Our students from grades six through eight spend their practice time understanding the fundamentals of defense, the proper way to run offensive plays, and the skill sets (dribbling, passing, shooting) that will allow them to become better players in the future. Our Middle School team plays an interscholastic schedule of games against area schools. 

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker’s basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Our basketball program stresses the development of a selfless attitude while on the road to success. Shared team goals around achievement, competition, and both group and personal growth have created a program that pulls the best out of each program member. An encouraging and supporting environment has allowed the achievement of these goals, which has translated to success for both the team and the individual. 

Our League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker's basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Walker’s junior varsity basketball program mixes basketball instruction with a competitive interscholastic schedule.

While many girls are interested in learning the basics of the game, this team also caters to the individuals who are close to the varsity level but may need one or two seasons of polishing up skills in a less competitive environment.

The junior varsity team works closely with the varsity team in practices and in games. The teams share practice time during the beginning of the year, and often play games following one another against the same opponents.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker's basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

The Middle School basketball program encourages participation for each player, and with that participation comes the growth of a competitive spirit and a joy in playing the game of basketball.

Student athletes on the Middle School basketball team are taught to learn and love the game. Our students from grades six through eight spend their practice time understanding the fundamentals of defense, the proper way to run offensive plays, and the skill sets (dribbling, passing, shooting) that will allow them to become better players in the future. Our Middle School team plays an interscholastic schedule of games against area schools. 

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker’s basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Our basketball program stresses the development of a selfless attitude while on the road to success. Shared team goals around achievement, competition, and both group and personal growth have created a program that pulls the best out of each program member. An encouraging and supporting environment has allowed the achievement of these goals, which has translated to success for both the team and the individual. 

Our League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker's basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Walker’s junior varsity basketball program mixes basketball instruction with a competitive interscholastic schedule.

While many girls are interested in learning the basics of the game, this team also caters to the individuals who are close to the varsity level but may need one or two seasons of polishing up skills in a less competitive environment.

The junior varsity team works closely with the varsity team in practices and in games. The teams share practice time during the beginning of the year, and often play games following one another against the same opponents.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker's basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

The Middle School basketball program encourages participation for each player, and with that participation comes the growth of a competitive spirit and a joy in playing the game of basketball.

Student athletes on the Middle School basketball team are taught to learn and love the game. Our students from grades six through eight spend their practice time understanding the fundamentals of defense, the proper way to run offensive plays, and the skill sets (dribbling, passing, shooting) that will allow them to become better players in the future. Our Middle School team plays an interscholastic schedule of games against area schools. They also annually compete in a local Middle School Jamboree.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s basketball program is a member school of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Basketball, which provides the rules and regulations for high school basketball teams to prepare students for parallel rules in the NCAA. Walker’s basketball is also a part of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walker’s is a Class “C” division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

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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Scott Frey

English Faculty

Scott Frey

 860-408-4308

B.A., Gordon College
M.S., Simmons College

Scott joined The Ethel Walker School community in 2012 after more than a decade of teaching English at the Landmark School in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching English, he coached basketball, worked as a dorm parent, designed new courses in creative writing and film studies, and taught in the school’s summer outreach program. While working at Landmark, Scott also earned a Master of Science in Education from Simmons College. Most importantly, he was truly amazed at the kindness and support of the Landmark community during his tenure there.

At Walker’s, Scott feels he has found another such community. Like so many of his colleagues, he is quite simply thrilled to learn and to teach. Scott is currently working on a second graduate degree in English at Trinity College, yet his greatest lessons come from the students and colleagues he works with each day. Their energy and brilliance continually energize him and renew his love for teaching.

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