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New Premier League and Coach for Williston Northampton Football

EASTHAMPTON, MA February 12, 2016 – The Williston Northampton School announced today that its football team will compete next fall in the NEPSAC Division A Erickson League, and will be led by a new head coach.

The Erickson League, one of the premier stages for New England preparatory school football, consists of Avon Old Farms, Hotchkiss, Taft, Trinity Pawling, Brunswick, Salisbury, and Kent. Williston had played in the Division B Colonial League from 2004 until the league disbanded in 2014. “Choosing to join the Erickson League was seizing an opportunity to provide stability for our schedule while aligning ourselves with schools that share our commitment to both football and independent school education,” explained Williston Director of Athletics Mark Conroy.

In addition, Mr. Conroy, the school’s head football coach for the past 16 years, will be stepping down from that position next fall. Under his leadership, the Wildcats posted a 84-47 record, and earned three prep bowl appearances, most recently in 2014, when the team lost 35-34 to Lawrence Academy. Mr. Conroy will continue in his role as the school’s Director of Athletics.

Taking the helm as head football coach is Tom Beaton, who for the past six seasons served as Assistant Coach at Tufts University, working most recently as the recruiting coordinator and coaching running backs and slot receivers. A 2010 graduate of Bates College, Mr. Beaton was a captain and an All-NESCAC selection in both football and baseball. He received his Master’s Degree in Education at Tufts. Originally from West Newbury, Massachusetts, he and his wife Robyn will reside on campus. “I am beyond excited to be offered the position of head football coach at the Williston Northampton School,” Mr. Beaton said. “To be a part of the Williston community and to be associated with such a first-class, prestigious school is something I have always dreamed of.”

“Williston was very fortunate to attract a deep and talented pool of applicants for the job of head football coach,” Mr. Conroy said. “We are absolutely thrilled that Tom Beaton has accepted our offer. He is widely regarded in New England college coaching circles as a tremendous young coach. We are confident that he will be an outstanding role model for our athletes, while providing exceptional leadership for our program.”

The Williston Northampton School is a coeducational boarding and day school for students in seventh grade through post-graduate year. The 125-acre campus offers a challenging learning environment with a rich academic curriculum, leadership opportunities, and a full range of extra-curricular activities in the arts and athletics. Located in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, the school is within a 15-mile radius of Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts. Williston’s community of over 500 students provides a diverse and culturally rich educational experience for students.

Caroline Wysocki Signs with the University of New Hampshire


Caroline Wysocki had done her share of traveling as a member of her elite U-18 club soccer team, the FC Stars of Massachusetts, so when it came time to look at colleges, the Agawam senior and honor student wanted to find a school close to home. Her parents couldn’t fault her reasoning, mom Colleen recalls: “She said, ‘If I’m going to be playing soccer for the next four years, I want you all to be able to come and watch me play.’ ”

No doubt they will. Colleen and her husband, Bill, will have to travel only as far as Durham, NH, for their daughter’s home games at the University of New Hampshire next fall. Caroline signed a national letter of intent to play for the Division 1 school in a ceremony Wednesday in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center. As a bonus, her parents can still say their daughter is a Wildcat.

And one that will not soon be forgotten at Williston. “Caroline is one of the best overall athletes that I’ve ever coached,” says soccer coach Jen Fulcher. “She can be dangerous anywhere on the field. We put her up front, and she came up with numerous big goals, numerous game-winning goals, and was a threat from start to finish in every game.”

Indeed, Ms. Wysocki broke the Williston school record for most goals per game in a season, netting 15 in 16 games. That season total is also the second highest in school history.

Such success reflects a work ethic that impresses even her parents. “There were many nights when she would come home after sports practice at Williston,” her mother recalls, “and then go to Lancaster where her club team plays. You’ve got to be a pretty driven kid to be able to come home, sometimes at 10 or 10:30 at night, and then do your homework. I don’t think every kid could handle that, but she was able to. And she still made the honor roll.”

“I love to compete,” says Caroline, who was also recruited to play lacrosse. “And to create friendships with teammates and coaches that are like nothing else. Facing adversity can be difficult, but the positive energy from other people on my team keeps me going.”

One teammate she will miss is Emily MacDonald, who also signed a letter of intent Wednesday with Assumption College. The two have been playing together since they were 9 years old and together formed the core of a Wildcat team that will be hard to replace, says their coach.

Caroline and Emily “represent four-year impact players, both as people and as leaders—they were both captains of the team—and will certainly go down as two of the best players to play here,” Ms. Fulcher says. “They are the perfect balance of talent, personality, and leadership, and making everyone around them better.”

Caroline will be joining a UNH team coached by Steve Welham, who took over the program in 2014. Colleen said her daughter connected with Mr. Welham from their first meeting. “He was so enthusiastic about taking over the program, his vision going forward, and that was definitely another draw,” she says.

The Wysockis, both public school teachers, credit Williston with helping make their daughter’s next step possible. “Williston challenged her, athletically and academically, to a level she would not have experienced elsewhere,” says Colleen. “We cannot say enough about it. For us, it was a privilege to be able to have our daughter go there.”

View photos from the signing ceremony on Williston’s Flickr site.

Nick Garofano Signs with Army West Point


Nick Garofano was originally recruited by Williston to play hockey. As a football running back, however, he eventually would rush for more yards and score more points than any player in school history. So what Division 1 sport will the Yorktown Heights, NY, senior be playing next year at the U.S. Military Academy?

Lacrosse, of course.

Mr. Garofano, a three-sport athlete and four-year honor student, signed his national letter of intent with Army West Point Wednesday in a ceremony in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center. He’ll be joining a Black Knights lacrosse team coached by Joe Alberici that reached the Patriot League championship game last year and took the league title in 2010. “On his visit to West Point, he just fell in love with the whole place,” recalls his father, Ralph. “The coaches were just awesome and stayed in touch with him.”

In his three seasons of lacrosse at Williston, Mr. Garofano has scored a total of 77 goals with 69 assists. He was named 1st team All WNESSLA Division 2 after his sophomore season and his junior season, and he was selected as the William LaBelle Offensive player of the year for WNESSLA Division 2 after his junior season. As a player, he has stood out for his athleticism, his strength, and his determination, says his coach Christopher Dietrich. “He’s faster than most of the people who try to cover him. He’s got a really strong shot. He’s just a relentless competitor.”

That same competitive fire also came to serve him well in school, once Nick arrived at Williston, says his father. “He just jumped on board and became very intense in the classroom,” he recalls. “I don’t know if he would have been able to go to an Ivy League-type school or a West Point and be prepared in the classroom without going to Williston. I know he wouldn’t.” Adds his mother, Anna, “His determination and perseverance have made him a well-rounded young man. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

For his part, Nick credits Williston with providing him with a challenging but supportive environment. “What is so special about the program is that my coaches and teammates all want to see me succeed and pushed me to the best of my abilities, something that is very important to me,” he says. At the same time, says his father, Nick always pushed himself. “He woke up in the morning and went to the gym, always watches what he eats, lifts like a maniac,” he says. “He works hard.”

As dedicated as he is to lacrosse, Nick is not ruling out continuing his football career at West Point. That would not surprise his Williston coaches. “There is no question in my mind that Nick would be a tremendous college football player,” says Mark Conroy, Williston’s director of athletics and head football coach. “He is the finest running back I have had the privilege of coaching during my career.”

Whatever he ends up pursuing, Nick is sure to approach it with that same determination that helped him set athletic records at Williston, say his coaches. As an example, Mr. Dietrich recalled a lacrosse game last year against Taft. “The boy who was covering Nick was a senior, a very, very good defensemen. Nick has a competitive fire. When he is playing against someone who is supposed to be better than him, who is supposed to shut him down, those often are his best individual performances. We won that game 9 to 8.”

As for Nick, he had 5 goals and 3 assists.

View photos from the signing ceremony on Williston’s Flickr site.

Fall Athletic Awards Announced

On December 4, Athletic Director Mark Conroy announced the fall season athletic awards at a special Wednesday assembly. In his recognition of the 10 programs, Mr. Conroy shared highlights and recognized the award winners, which were announced during banquet nights in the week before Thanksgiving.

“I wanted to thank all of those of you who wore the blue and green this fall for competing so hard and so well,” Mr. Conroy said. “Your sportsmanship was outstanding.”

Below are details for each team, including the award winners.

rockwell2DSC_0005Girls Cross Country
Led by Coaches Greg Tuleja, Michelle Lawson, and Jane Lucia, Williston girls cross country had a terrific season and finished with a record of 10-2.  As usual, the team enjoyed wonderful team spirit as 34 girls participated. According to Coach Tuleja, highlights included closely contested wins over Division 1 opponents NMH and Miss Porters, and a great late season race at Suffield in which the team defeated four out of its five opponents.  This was only the second time in history that the team achieved double figures in victories with its 10 wins.

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Williston Fall Athletes Earn Post-Season Honors

The following Williston students have received post-season honors for their play during the fall athletic season.

Girls Cross Country
Devon Greenwood ’13 – All New England

Boys Cross Country
Corey Palumbo ’13 – All New England
Andy Pierce ’13 – All New England

Field Hockey
Catie Laraway ’13 –  Western New England All-Star Team, NEPSAC Class B All-Tournament Team
Taylor Senecal ’14 – Western New England All-Star Team

Dylan Arthurs ’13 – All New England, First Team All Colonial League
Ledell Robinson ’14 – All New England, First Team All Colonial League
Marquis Francois ’14 – First Team All Colonial League
Sebastian Rivera ’13 – Second Team All Colonial League
John Woodside ’13 – Second Team All Colonial League
Frankie Zumbo ’14 – Second Team All Colonial League

Boys Soccer
Pierre DeLiso ’13 – Class A/B Western New England Select Team
Griffin Foley ’13 – Class A/B Western New England Select Team
Mark Richards ’13 – Class A/B Western New England Select Team, All State Team

Girls Soccer
Amanda Cronin ’13 – Western New England All-Star Team
Gia Parker ’14 – Western New England All-Star Team

Girls Volleyball
Elizabeth Calderone ’14 – Western New England All-Star Team
Khyrstyna Vatseba ’13 – Western New England All-Star Team

Boys Water Polo
Ryan Cavanaugh ’13 – All New England Team

Fall Team Highlights and Individual Honors

Before recognizing the nine fall programs and their accomplishments over the past season, Director of Athletics Mark Conroy took a moment to honor Al Lavalle, who worked in the Physical Plant Department for 3 years and in The Cage at the Athletic Center for a decade.

“Al had an incredibly profound impact on everyone who knew him,” said Conroy. “With all due respect to all of us who work with students on a regular basis here, no one in our community impacted more students than Al during those 10 years.”

Conroy then announced the following highlights and individual award winners. The award winners were also recognized during fall sports team night on November 16.

“I wanted to thank all of those of you who wore the blue and green this fall for competing so hard and so well,” Conroy said. “Your sportsmanship was outstanding.”

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Girls Volleyball
Boys Water Polo
Field Hockey
Girls Soccer
Boys Soccer
Girls Cross Country
Boys Cross County

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On Sportsmanship at Williston

Presented by Director of Athletics Mark Conroy during The Williston Northampton School’s all-school meeting on September 19, 2012.

Good morning, everyone.

In my role as the Director of Athletics here at Williston, I wanted to take just a moment this morning to speak to you briefly about a topic that is very, very important to me and to our entire community. Those of you who know me know well know that I am incredibly proud of my association with Williston—a place that my family and I have called home for the past 13 years. We are all so fortunate to be a part of this wonderful school community.

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Athletes of the Week – Apr. 23rd

Brandon Diaz ’12 and Jay Sylvia ‘12

Against Millbrook on Saturday, seniors Brandon Diaz and Jay Sylvia were outstanding at the plate. Diaz went 3-3 with two home runs, four RBI, and two walks, while Sylvia went 4-5 including three home runs and seven RBI. Sylvia currently has a .350 batting average, a 1.000 slugging percentage and five home runs so far this season. Diaz, with four home runs, has a .474 batting average. Diaz and Sylvia have both hit home runs in three of the team’s seven games thus far.

Gabby Thomas ‘15

A week ago in the girls’ track team’s season opening meet against Vermont and Cheshire, Gabby set a school record in the triple jump with a leap of 35’6″ surpassing the old record by almost two feet. Last weekend, at the Deerfield Relays Gabby cleared 5’0″ which is a personal best by 4″ and is only 3” from the school record.

Jay Brennan ‘15

JV Baseball standout, Jay Brennan, went 3-3 with two doubles, a single and a stolen base in last Wednesday’s match-up against Eaglebrook. In Saturday’s seventh-inning comeback win over Rectory, Jay was 2-4 with one run, one RBI, two stolen bases and a number of great defensive plays in the field. On the week Jay was 5-7 with two doubles, three stolen bases, a run and a RBI.