Football - MS Boys
Middle School teams are more developmental in nature and playing on a team offers not only a chance to enjoy the sport, but also a valuable participatory experience for each athlete. This applies to all team members from standouts to substitutes who play a supporting role. In keeping with the Thayer philosophy that athletics are an integral part of a student’s curriculum, students should plan their participation with the help of their advisors – this discussion will help everyone gain a better understanding of each child’s overall school program. All Middle School participants are expected to receive fairly equal playing time over the course of the entire season. All team information is available via www.thayer.org/
Carson SmithHead CoachIn addition to running Thayer Academy Middle School, Carson Smith also heads the Middle School history department, teaches 8th grade American History, and coaches Middle School football. Prior to coming to Thayer, Carson was Dean of Students at The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire for seven years, where he also taught Civics and American History, and coached the basketball, tennis, and varsity cross-country teams. Carson previously taught at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, New Hampshire, serving as a department chair, teacher, dorm parent, and football, basketball, and tennis coach, as well as an administrator during the summer session. He has also served on the Portsmouth, New Hampshire school board. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College and his Master of Arts in Social Studies Education from the Teachers College, Columbia University. Carson's hobbies include running and politics. He lives in Braintree with his wife, Amy Howell, and their three children.
Richard IskraAssistant CoachRichard Iskra's main responsibility as a teacher, advisor and coach, is to build relationships with students, in which students can feel comfortable in developing themselves as communicators and competitors - as strong community members and steadfast teammates. Having studied the Classics and art at Williams College, as well as having played football and hockey for the Ephs, Mr. Iskra believes that participation in both the humanities - Latin especially - and in sports can promote ethical, cognitive, artistic and competitive growth.
Brian WilliamsAssistant Coach