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Patrick Durning

Dr. Patrick Durning

Co-Coach

Dr. Patrick Durning

Patrick Durning joined the history department at The Ethel Walker School this year, and he is a dorm parent in Cluett. Dr. Durning has coached soccer for 16 seasons in Rhode Island and Texas. He has U.S. Soccer Federation’s “E” License coaching certificate.

Kara Ingram

Kara Ingram P'28

Co-Coach

Kara Ingram P'28

Kara Ingram joins The Ethel Walker School this year from Korea. Over the past three years, she assisted in creating an afterschool soccer program for Saint Johnsbury Academy Jeju. Ingram is an avid fan of the Jeju United Soccer team, and she’s played at the club collegiate level in Texas in addition to earning several district-level awards in high school. Coach Ingram is passionate about soccer as a player, a coach and a spectator.

Karim Mabrouk

Karim Mabrouk

Assistant Coach

Our Soccer program assists in the development of strong, confident and capable student-athletes whose technical, and tactical aptitudes will lend themselves well to whatever level each player's ambition leads them. We value accountability, resiliency, hard work, loyalty, selflessness, and respect as we strive to create a team environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated.

Our League Affiliations:

Walker’s soccer program competes in the Class “C” New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and also the Women's Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA). Walker's is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

The junior varsity team is an integral part of the soccer program at Walker's. While most players on the JV team work hard to develop the skills necessary to eventually play at the varsity level, there are also opportunities for athletes looking to learn the game for the first time.

The JV soccer team provides an outlet for physical activity in a fun yet competitive environment. The team has practices designated to working on skills that will help them win games, and also spends time working with the varsity team to incorporate the entire program into an afternoon workout.

Student athletes on the JV soccer team come away from their season with not only a more fundamental understanding of soccer, but also a better understanding of what it means to be a part of a team and a program.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s soccer program competes in the Class “C” New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and also the Women’s Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA). Walker’s is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Student athletes on the Middle School soccer team are taught to learn and love the game. Our students from grades six through eight spend their practice time understanding the fundamentals of soccer and the skill sets that will allow them to become better players in the future.

At the most basic level, the Middle School soccer 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 soccer.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s soccer program competes in the Class “C” New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and also the Women’s Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA). Walker’s is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Walker’s Sport and Leadership Academy is for athletes who want to take their game to the next level and who aspire to have a leadership role on their team. The Academy offers girls a dual-focused learning environment that centers on their athletic and leadership development. Walker’s Sports and Leadership Academy is tailored to meet the specific sport and leadership training needs of its participants.  

Athletically, girls will work on the technical and tactical sides of their game while also learning how proper warm-up and cool-down routines help with injury prevention and overall recovery. Other peak performance topics covered include: strength and performance, eating for peak performance, and mental skills training.

Walker’s Sports and Leadership Academy teaches athletes how to be effective self-leaders. Topics covered include:  responsibility, accountability, and commitment.

Student athletes on the Middle School soccer team are taught to learn and love the game. Our students from grades six through eight spend their practice time understanding the fundamentals of soccer and the skill sets that will allow them to become better players in the future.

At the most basic level, the Middle School soccer 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 soccer.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s soccer program competes in the Class “C” New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and also the Women’s Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA). Walker’s is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Student athletes on the Middle School soccer team are taught to learn and love the game. Our students from grades six through eight spend their practice time understanding the fundamentals of soccer and the skill sets that will allow them to become better players in the future.

The JV soccer team provides an outlet for physical activity in a fun yet competitive environment. The team has practices designated to working on skills that will help them win games, and also spends time working with the varsity team to incorporate the entire program into an afternoon workout.

At the most basic level, the Middle School soccer 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 soccer.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s soccer program competes in the Class “C” New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and also the Women’s Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA). Walker’s is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

The junior varsity team is an integral part of the soccer program at Walker's. While most players on the JV team work hard to develop the skills necessary to eventually play at the varsity level, there are also opportunities for athletes looking to learn the game for the first time.

The JV soccer team provides an outlet for physical activity in a fun yet competitive environment. The team has practices designated to working on skills that will help them win games, and also spends time working with the varsity team to incorporate the entire program into an afternoon workout.

Student athletes on the JV soccer team come away from their season with not only a more fundamental understanding of soccer, but also a better understanding of what it means to be a part of a team and a program.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s soccer program competes in the Class “C” New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and also the Women’s Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA). Walker’s is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Our Soccer program assists in the development of strong, confident and capable student-athletes whose technical, and tactical aptitudes will lend themselves well to whatever level each player's ambition leads them. We value accountability, resiliency, hard work, loyalty, selflessness, and respect as we strive to create a team environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated.

Our League Affiliations:

Walker’s soccer program competes in the Class “C” New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and also the Women's Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA). Walker's is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

The junior varsity team is an integral part of the soccer program at Walker's. While most players on the JV team work hard to develop the skills necessary to eventually play at the varsity level, there are also opportunities for athletes looking to learn the game for the first time.

The JV soccer team provides an outlet for physical activity in a fun yet competitive environment. The team has practices designated to working on skills that will help them win games, and also spends time working with the varsity team to incorporate the entire program into an afternoon workout.

Student athletes on the JV soccer team come away from their season with not only a more fundamental understanding of soccer, but also a better understanding of what it means to be a part of a team and a program.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s soccer program competes in the Class “C” New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and also the Women’s Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA). Walker’s is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Ben Barker

Head Coach

Ben Barker

 860-408-4263

B.Sc., University of East Anglia, England

Coach Barker joined Walker’s for the 2014 season after coaching in the Simsbury Soccer Club for 7 years. In most recent years, he has held simultaneous Head Coach positions in both Travel and Recreational leagues, winning a CJSA League Champions title. He holds the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association’s State Youth Module and State ‘E’ coaching certificates.

Coach Barker is a graduate from the University of East Anglia in England in Environmental Sciences and is a lifelong advocate and player of the ‘beautiful game.’ He encourages a love of soccer in all players irrespective of skill level, and uses soccer to promote confidence and self-esteem in individuals. His players learn to appreciate the benefits of belonging to a group where teamwork is paramount and all team members are important.

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Head Coach

Michael Smith joins Walker’s after serving as head coach of the women’s soccer team at Trinity College for the last 21 years. Coach Smith led the team to two NCAA tournament appearances in 2013 and 2016 and the NESCAC Tournament Championship game 12 times. Coach Smith worked closely with staff in the admissions office on the recruitment and retention of student-athletes. For the past eight years, Coach Smith has directed age-level tryouts and coached for the FSA soccer club in Farmington, CT.

Since 2008, Coach Smith resided on the campus of Miss Porter’s School where he developed a strength and conditioning program for student-athletes and served as head coach of the varsity squash team.

At Walker’s, Coach Smith works with the athletic and admissions offices to develop recruitment plans to attract prospective students for each team. He uses his background at the collegiate level to work with student-athletes on the early stages of the college recruiting process, as well.

The junior varsity team is an integral part of the soccer program at Walker's. While most players on the JV team work hard to develop the skills necessary to eventually play at the varsity level, there are also opportunities for athletes looking to learn the game for the first time.

The JV soccer team provides an outlet for physical activity in a fun yet competitive environment. The team has practices designated to working on skills that will help them win games, and also spends time working with the varsity team to incorporate the entire program into an afternoon workout.

Student athletes on the JV soccer team come away from their season with not only a more fundamental understanding of soccer, but also a better understanding of what it means to be a part of a team and a program.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s soccer program competes in the Class “C” New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and also the Women’s Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA). Walker’s is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Our Soccer program assists in the development of strong, confident and capable student-athletes whose technical, and tactical aptitudes will lend themselves well to whatever level each player's ambition leads them. We value accountability, resiliency, hard work, loyalty, selflessness, and respect as we strive to create a team environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated.

Our League Affiliations:

Walker’s soccer program competes in the Class “C” New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and also the Women's Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA). Walker's is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Our Soccer program assists in the development of strong, confident and capable student-athletes whose technical, and tactical aptitudes will lend themselves well to whatever level each player's ambition leads them. We value accountability, resiliency, hard work, loyalty, selflessness, and respect as we strive to create a team environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated.

Our League Affiliations:

Walker’s soccer program competes in the Class “C” New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and also the Women's Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA). Walker's is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Our Soccer program assists in the development of strong, confident and capable student-athletes whose technical, and tactical aptitudes will lend themselves well to whatever level each player's ambition leads them. We value accountability, resiliency, hard work, loyalty, selflessness, and respect as we strive to create a team environment where everyone feels valued and appreciated.

Our League Affiliations:

Walker’s soccer program competes in the Class “C” New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and also the Women's Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA). Walker's is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

The junior varsity team is an integral part of the soccer program at Walker's. While most players on the JV team work hard to develop the skills necessary to eventually play at the varsity level, there are also opportunities for athletes looking to learn the game for the first time.

The JV soccer team provides an outlet for physical activity in a fun yet competitive environment. The team has practices designated to working on skills that will help them win games, and also spends time working with the varsity team to incorporate the entire program into an afternoon workout.

Student athletes on the JV soccer team come away from their season with not only a more fundamental understanding of soccer, but also a better understanding of what it means to be a part of a team and a program.

Our Varsity League Affiliations:

Walker’s soccer program competes in the Class “C” New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and also the Women’s Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WWNEPSSA). Walker’s is also a member school in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Choate, Taft, Hotchkiss, Loomis, Westminster, Kent, Kingswood Oxford, and Miss Porter’s.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Assistant Director of Athletic Enhancement

Michael Smith joined Walker’s in 2019 after serving as head coach of the women’s soccer team at Trinity College for the last 21 years. Smith led the team to two NCAA tournament appearances in 2013 and 2016 and the NESCAC Tournament Championship game 12 times. Smith worked closely with staff in the admissions office on the recruitment and retention of student-athletes. For the past eight years, Smith has directed tryouts and coached for the FSA soccer club in Farmington, CT.

At Walker’s, Smith coaches varsity soccer and squash and works within the athletic and admissions offices to develop recruitment plans to attract prospective students for each team. He also uses his background at the collegiate level to work with student-athletes on the early stages of the college recruiting process.

Ben Barker

Chair, Visual and Performing Arts and Arts Faculty

Ben Barker

 860-408-4263

B.Sc., University of East Anglia, England

Ben Barker earned a B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia in England and is a graduate of the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. Ben spent over 20 years in the environmental industry conducting laboratory analysis, mobile laboratory site investigations and indoor air quality studies. He is a State of CT Department of Health Services certified Environmental Laboratory Director. After leaving the scientific arena, Ben pursued his life-long love of photography and film by working in locations management for film and television productions in New York City and Connecticut. He is also a seasoned and qualified soccer coach, having coached the game for 15 years. Over that period he has coached all youth ages from two to 18 years old.

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