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/TeamSchedules.
Jim played and graduated from the University of South Florida and has coached all levels of soccer including; Assistant Men's Coach at Harvard, South Florida, Columbia and George Washington. Several years ago he decided to return to the Boston area in order to coach prep school soccer. He spent two years as the Head Varsity Girls' Coach at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. For the past nine years he has also coached the US Region 1 Olympic Development Program Boys' U15 team. Coach Felix is very excited to join the the Thayer community and use his wealth of experience in order to build truly vibrant program.
J. Andrew Gibson
Andy grew up in nearby Weymouth and graduated from Bridgewater State College. He is an Eagle Scout and first became interested in teaching while working at BSA Camp Child/Squanto. Before coming to Thayer, Andy taught for 9 years at Pinewood High School in Los Altos Hills, California. He has been the Middle School Dean of Students since 2001. His new role as Middle School Academic Dean will allow him to teach more math courses while still being a vital member of the Middle School Administration. Andy has three children, 2 of which are currently attending Thayer Academy.