Associate Director for International Admission Erin brings an extra eye for detail and a keen sense of humor to the Admission team. Prior to Holderness, Erin was an associate director of admission at the Salter School and an admissions manager at Strayer University, as well as an advertising account executive at the Orlando Sentinel. She holds a B.B.A from Strayer University. Erin lives with her family on Stinson Lake in Rumney and is an avid mountain biker and windsurfer. In her spare time Erin also teaches stand–up paddleboard yoga—a sport which, she claims, is easy to master.
Senior Associate Director of Admission After nine years of coaching and recruiting at the collegiate level, Woody joined the admission team and took over as the head boys’ basketball coach in 2014. Woody is a boarding school native; he attended Blair Academy in New Jersey where his parents were both faculty members. Woody is also an avid golfer and runner and is enthusiastic about the Holderness community where he has found a healthy work–life balance with his young family.
Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid Alan, a 2004 Holderness alumnus, graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2009 with a B.S. in Recreation Management and Policy. While there, he played on the men’s hockey team from 2005-09. After college, Alan worked for the Great Bay Kids Company in Exeter, NH running after school programs for the Lincoln Street Elementary School; he was also a director of hockey performance at Athletic Republic Norwood. Prior to returning to Holderness in 2014, Alan also worked for one year at Brewster Academy substitute teaching and coaching their Advanced Strength program, the boys’ varsity hockey team, and the JV baseball team. In addition to working in the Admission office, Alan is the head coach for the boys’ varsity hockey program. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and tennis, hiking, and spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee.
While a New Englander, Nicole spent the last four years in the United Kingdom working as an assistant director at an ESL language school where, along with the director, she managed budgets, curriculum, marketing, and recruitment and taught English to children from China, Japan, Italy, Spain, France, and Poland. She’s been a camp counselor, has traveled broadly and enjoys volunteer work. She has a Sociology major with an Anthropology minor and played Division 1 ice hockey while at Union College.
Nicole will be living in Holderness but likes to spend her time with family on Winnisquam Lake in the summer. She still loves to play street hockey or ice hockey whenever she can and also enjoys watersports (water skiing, wakeboarding.) Nicole recently picked up a love for skiing while she was in Italy.
Coach Simon earned his B.A. at Bates College in 2008 and in 2010 his M.Ed in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Athletic Administration from Plymouth State University. While at Bates, Justin played both soccer and lacrosse. In lacrosse, he was a four-year starter at attack, a three-time leading scorer, and earned All-NESCAC recognition by his Junior Year. Coach Simon graduated from Holderness in 2004. He earned 12 varsity letters in Soccer, Hockey, and Lacrosse and was the recipient of the Webster Cup award upon graduation, which recognized his excellence in athletics.
Justin Simon was named the head lacrosse coach at Holderness in 2019 following being at the New Hampton School where he head-coached four back to back Lakes Region Championships and two back to back undefeated seasons. He was awarded 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017 US Lacrosse ‘Coach of the Year’. His most prestigious accomplishment came in 2017 when he was selected by his league athletic directors as ‘Lakes Region Coach of the Year’. Coach Simon during his coaching career has placed student-athletes in the top DI, DII, and DIII programs in the country.
Is Holderness right for you? The best way to find the right boarding school is to reach out. Check us out in person in New Hampshire or virtually. See why Holderness is more than a school, it's an elevated experience.