Boys Ice Hockey
Entering his 22nd season as head coach of the Big Red hockey program, Dana Barbin has enjoyed a string of success that has included a New England Championship, four trips to the tournament "Final Four," 9 quarterfinal appearances and a 423-184-40 record. His championship team of 1998-99 posted a stunning 30 wins against just three losses, earning him prep hockey "Coach of the Year" accolades. His 2009 squad went 28-5-2 advancing to the the N.E. Championship game.
Over the years, Coach Barbin has sent numerous players on to Division I and Division III college hockey. Thirteen of his former players have been drafted by National Hockey League clubs.
A 1981 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Coach Barbin, served as a co-captain, and was part of the Wildcats' 1979 ECAC championship team. From 1981 to1987, he played professionally in both Denmark and Sweden. He also coached the Danish National team from 1985 to 1987.
Coach Barbin, who came to Exeter in 1987, has also been the assistant varsity baseball coach for 26 years. From 1989 to 1999, he served as the school's athletic director.
Barbin is married to Marianne Billing Barbin, Assistant to the Athletic Director at Exeter. They have a 16-year-old son, Henrik.
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Winter Indoor Track & Field
Coach Hilary Coder has coached track and field at Exeter for 25 years. Her approach and key to success has been simple: Take great kids who want to learn and work and find coaches whose love for and knowledge of the sport is apparent and combine the two.
Indoor Track at Exeter continues to grow and thrive. A combination of track specialists and other serious athletes training for other spring sports creates a formidable group which competes against a variety of opponents throughout the winter months. There is competition for JVs against other comparable athletes as well as the highest level of challenge (open meets at colleges and the National High School Scholastic Championship in New York) for our most serious and accomplished athletes.
Supported by a number of experienced coaches, Coach Coder is a USA Track and Field certified Level II coach in all event groups. Only a handful of high school coaches in the country hold that level and breadth of certification. One step away from Level III recognition, Coach Coder loves indoor track for the chaos and energy that only indoor track can duplicate. She was a New England Champion high jumper in high school and was also an athlete at Penn State before coming to Exeter.
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Girls Swimming & Diving
Entering her 27th season at the helm of the Swimming and Diving Program, Farnum's success can be seen both in the numbers in the win column as well as championship banners hanging poolside. Over her Exeter career, she owns an impressive 150-32-1 (.819) overall record. Along with those impressive numbers come ten undefeated seasons and six New England titles. Over the years, 93 Exeter female swimmers and divers have won New England Championship event titles. Additionally, dozens of Exeter competitors have earned All- America or All-America Consideration accolades. Exeter's team has been nationally ranked since the 1994-1995 season. A number of competitors continue collegiate swimming and diving in both Division I and III programs. Farnum was the 2003 recipient of the New England Prep School Swimming and Diving Distinguished Service Award and a 2006 recipient of the NISCA 25 year Service Award. A graduate of Springfield College with a B.S. and M.Ed., Farnum was a four-year national qualifier for not only swimming but also one-and-three meter diving. A former record holder for swimming and diving events while at Springfield College, Farnum was also a New England Collegiate Diving Champion. Farnum is also the head coach of Girls Tennis.
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This is Dave Hudson's second tenure at Exeter. This time he's back as chair of the physical education department and wrestling coach.
Hudson also coached Exeter wrestling from 1982 to 1991. He then moved on to St. Lawrence University, where he coached wrestling from 1991 to 1995. He spent the next four years at Governor Dummer Academy as athletic director and wrestling coach. In 1999 Hudson returned to Exeter.
After serving as an assistant wrestling coach under Ethan Shapiro for two years, Hudson took over as head coach six years ago. Shapiro, now the Director of Summer School, stayed on as an assistant coach. "We have the exact, same philosophy," Hudson said. Either Hudson or Shapiro has coached the team since 1985. During that time, Exeter has won 12 Class A championships and eight New England titles.
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Girls Ice Hockey
Coach Pacific has been the girl's ice hockey head coach since 2006 following an internship year in 2005.
A native of Rockford, Illinois, Coach Pacific played youth hockey there, then played high school hockey at St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA. She played on the U.S. Under-22 National Team in 2000 and 2002 and graduated in 2005 from The Ohio State University with a BA and MA in Sport and Exercise Studies: Coaching and Sport Performance. She played for the OSU women's ice hockey team from its inaugural season in 1999, persevering through two major injuries to complete her career in 2005.
Coach Pacific was an OSU scholar-athlete. Her awards and honors include Verizon At-Large Academic All-District Team, Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Scholar All-American, WCHA All-Academic Team, Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Most Valuable Defensive Player 2004, OSU captain in 2000 and 2001, assistant captain in 2005, and WCHA and USCHO player of the week awards.
In 2007, Coach Pacific was a USA Hockey Evaluator for the Southeast District Try-out Camp, and in 2007, 2008, USA Hockey asked her to be an evaluator for the New England District Showcase and Festival try-outs. Also in 2008, she coached in a USA Hockey Player Development Camp for the Southern Amateur Hockey Association (SAHA) in Nashville, TN. Recently she coached at the U17 Select National Camp in Lake Placid, NY. Coach Pacific is also part of the U15 Nartional Development program and in the summer of 2009 she attended the U15 National Camp as a goalie coach and evaluator.
In addition to coaching ice hockey at Exeter, Coach Pacific also coaches the girls water polo team.
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Johnny Griffith began coaching girls basketball at Phillips Exeter Academy in 2006. After serving briefly as the assistant JV coach, he became the assistant varsity coach to longtime Head Coach Rick Mahoney '61, who retired after the 2008–2009 season. Early in his career, Griffith coached JV and varsity boys basketball before taking a hiatus from coaching to complete graduate work at Middlebury College and UMass. He is now thrilled to return to coaching and work with his fellow coaches to continue the rich tradition of highly competitive girls basketball at PEA.
"Coaching has always been one of my favorite parts of the job," says Griffith. "There's nothing quite like being out on the court, working to build the girls' confidence and competence and helping them prepare for the next team, the next set of challenges. I love working with the girls in that capacity."
Griffith also serves as a dorm head of Main Street South Hall and teaches in the English Department.
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Boys Swimming and Diving
Don Mills started with the water polo program in 2002 as an assistant under legendary coach and program founder Roger Nekton. Mills assumed the head job in 2005 of both the water polo and swimming teams and his teams have gone on to win three New England titles and earn eight all-American honors.
Mills is a member of the physical education department since '02 and serves as the Director of the Ninth Grade Physical Education Program. The Plymouth State University grad is also the head coach of the varsity cycling team which has earned seven New England titles.
Coach Mills heads Wentworth Hall where he resides with his wife Susan, daughter Audrey and son Charlie. The three time all-American tri-athlete is a proponent of physical fitness for the entire Exeter community. Mills' philosophy; "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care".
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Boys and Girls Squash
Fred Brussel is entering his first year as head coach of the boy and girl's squash programs. Coach Brussel, a graduate of Hunter College, has been a teaching professional for more than 20 years. After several years at the Uptown Racquet Club in New York City, he worked at the San Francisco Bay Club for two years before heading back east. After spending some time at Tower Club in Charlotte, N.C., he went to the United States Military Academy at West Point to coach the Black Knights squash team.
From United State Military Academy, Coach Brussel went to Colby College to coach the squash and tennis teams, which he did for 5 years, until spring of 2001. After moving to York, Maine, Coach Brussel started his association with the Exeter squash program. He has been assistant coach for the boys and girls squash and tennis teams, at different times and different capacities.
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Jay Tilton is in his eight year working with Exeter boys basketball and has helped develop alums now playing at top Division I and Division III programs nationally. He says, "The combination of academic and basketball talent at Exeter is certainly difficult to match at the prep school level. Having the opportunity to assist in the development of our student athletes is a dream job."
A graduate of Hobart College, Tilton served as Assistant Coach to the mens basketball program at Dartmouth College from 1997 – 2001. Tilton is the full-time Associate Director of Admissions at Exeter and the Co-Director of the Academic All American Camp.
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