Tennis - MS 5/6 CoEd
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/
Head Cibelli graduated from Hobart College in 2008. He was a four-year member of the varsity hockey team, and he was fortunate enough to contribute to two NCAA tournament berths, including a Final Four appearance in 2006. Brian is in his seventh year at Thayer, where he serves as the Middle School English Department Head as well. Prior to starting at Thayer in 2014, he taught English and was an assistant coach with the boys’ varsity hockey team at Kent School, a very successful four-year stretch that included three appearances in the NEPSIHA Elite Eight Tournament and numerous athletes moving on to play college hockey. In his tenure at Thayer, Brian has prepared student-athletes to play at the next level at colleges like Brown University, Saint Anselm College, Wesleyan University, SUNY Plattsburgh and William Smith College.
The Thayer girls’ hockey program has improved consistently from year-to-year during his tenure, jumping from just three wins in his first season to a program-record seventeen in his third. That 2016-2017 team also won the Thayer’s first ever NEPSGIHA Tournament game and ultimately advanced to the Division II semifinals. The girls' team has qualified for the NEPSAC tournament three times over the last four seasons.
Natalie YoungNatalie Young teaches science at the middle school. She taught 7th grade and 8th grade science and 8th grade math in a part time capacity for six year. She has been teaching 7th and 8th grade science in a full time capacity for the past 5 years. Natalie did her undergraduate studies in Zoology at UMASS/Amherst while also earning a secondary education teaching license. She earned a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education from Salem State College. Natalie taught high school Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math at several public high schools before taking time off to have her two children. During her sabbatical from the classroom, Natalie continued her role as an educator as a private tutor and stayed current with teaching practices with various online courses and professional development opportunities. Along with her teaching responsibilities, Natalie also leads the Science Cafe program and advises the yearbook at the middle school as well as coaches the middle school fitness/tennis activity in the spring.