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.
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.
vs. Marianapolis Preparatory School
vs. Westminster School
vs. Kingswood Oxford School
vs. Wilbraham & Monson Academy
vs. The Gunnery School
vs. Canterbury School
vs. Berkshire School
vs. Kent School
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.
Karl Schwoerke has coached varsity soccer for 41 years having fell into coaching through a natural love for the sport. Coach Schwoerke played at the college level as a varsity goalie at Hartwick College. In addition to coaching at the high school level, Coach Schwoerke has coached in both the Burlington and Simsbury Town Associations, with travel teams for Burlington and with U-16 and U-18 teams for Simsbury. Under Coach Schwoerke’s guidance, his teams have won two New England Championships including with the Burlington teams which had three undefeated seasons and the U-18 Simsbury Team which won the Connecticut State Championship. In addition to New England titles, Coach Schwoerke’s teams have won ten league championships.
In addition to soccer, Coach Schwoerke has a long career coaching both basketball and ultimate frisbee, winning three New England titles, five state titles and 13 league titles in ultimate frisbee.
Coach Schwoerke looks forward to stepping on the court, the pitch or the field each season as every season is a chance to maximize the potential that players present. He is thrilled to be coaching all three seasons and having the opportunity to know students in a completely different environment from the classroom.