Tennis - Girls' Varsity
As the Golden Knights prepare for Spring 2019, they say farewell to and must replace graduating senior co-captains, Nora Ilacqua and Meiling Syriac, seniors Sylvia Li and Theo Li, as well as 2-year singles stand-out Alex Marrufo.
To build on a solid 4-5 record in the 2018 season, Coaches O’Hara and Ryan have high hopes for returning varsity players: Michelle Zhou, Emma Allen, Kaylynn Nolan, Emily Dodos, Ellen Liu and Ashley Han. Newcomers and developing players are expected to make contributions almost immediately.
Over the last few years, the Lady Knights, a NEPSAC Class “C” team, have played a competitive prep schedule that has included the likes of Bancroft, Beaver Country Day, Concord Academy, Ethel Walker, Pomfret School, Portsmouth Abbey, St. Mark’s, Winchendon and Worcester Academy.
After an end-of-season tournament rain-out last year, the Lady Knights hope to return to the Suffield Academy Girls’ Prep Tennis Invitational in late May 2019.
If student-athletes, parents and guardians have any questions or need additional information they are invited to contact Coach O’Hara and Coach Ryan at the School.
The Lady Knights are already thinking Spring 2019!
Keith O'HaraHead CoachCoach O'Hara enters his 5th season at the helm of the Golden Knights girls' tennis team. In 2016, Coach "O" taught developmental and advanced tennis at week-long clinics in Woodstock, CT and with Advantage Tennis Camp at MPrep. O'Hara, who attended Middlebury undergrad and Trinity for his Master's degree, began his coaching career at Lyman HS, Lebanon, CT and at Windham HS, Windham/Willimantic, CT. He led both programs to CIAC State tournament berths. O’Hara played his youth tennis and soccer at Oak Park-River Forest HS (IL). He coaches tennis and soccer privately and has coached at recreational, travel, school and elite club levels. In his first stint (1990-1997), O’Hara served the school as the varsity girls’ soccer and varsity boys’ tennis coach and as Dean of Students, Spanish and English teacher as well as advisor. O'Hara's tennis teams won 3 QVC league titles and his 1991 boys' tennis team was 2nd in CIAC Class State Championships, losing to Weston by 1 point in an epic match played at Wesleyan University. He has coached all-state players and a state champion, Hector Ortiz (QVC champion), Gonzalo “Chalo” Castaldi (2-time state champion) and Fernando Gil (state open semi-finalist). Both Castaldi and Gil played at the highest professional levels in their native Mexico in tennis and soccer respectively. In girls’ soccer, O’Hara led a program renaissance to bring the ladies their first-ever state championship berth at East Granby, CT. His players have gone on to play soccer and other varsity sports at Bowdoin, Bates, Connecticut College, Elon, Nichols College, Wesleyan, Sacred Heart University and have attended the likes of Northeastern, Notre Dame, University of Florida, UCONN, St. Michael’s, Brown University, and Trinity College.
Kellie RyanAssistant Coach
Kellie Ryan teaches classes in the visual arts discipline. In addition to teaching, Kellie coaches girls’ varsity soccer and serves as a house parent in Villa St. Joseph. Kellie’s favorite artistic mediums are mixed media and painting, as well as furniture building.