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.
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.
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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.