Before coming to Holderness, Coach Graham was a football coach for 8 years at numerous levels. From 2010 until 2012, Coach Graham worked as the Offensive Graduate Assistant to Division I FCS power University of Montana. There he helped the Grizzlies come within a point of a national championship, while helping to recruit and develop more than a dozen future National Football League players (seven of whom remain in the NFL). In the summer after his work with Montana, Coach Graham worked with the San Diego Chargers player personnel department as a scouting intern; working to evaluate players on the verge of either being cut from the team or promoted off of the practice squad.
Choosing to pursue teaching and coaching at the high school level, Coach Graham completed his Master’s in History at the University of Montana, while also returning to coach at his alma mater of Sentinel High School. During his two years with Sentinel, the Spartans returned to the postseason for only the second time in 20 years and produced numerous college football players, two of whom continued on at the Division I level.
Coach Graham began coaching at Holderness in 2015, initially working as the Offensive Coordinator under Head Coach Duane Ford. As the Bulls’ offensive coordinator, Coach Graham helped the offense finish third in the league in scoring in 2015 and assisted a large number of players receive offers to play football at the college level. In addition to serving as Head Football Coach at Holderness, Coach Graham now works the Quarterbacks and Defensive Backs.
Andrew Sheppe began riding mountain bikes while he was teaching in Virginia. For the past five years, he has been exploring the local networks, and he is always surprised at how many trail systems are hidden throughout the region. When he is not riding with the team dog, Laika, Coach Sheppe loves to get out the shovel, rake, and machete and add miles to the campus trail network.
Kelly Pope became the Girls’ Varsity Soccer head coach in 2013. A 2012 graduate of Bowdoin College, she played center back and captained the women’s soccer team her senior year. Later, she worked and coached for Soccer Without Borders, a non-profit organization based in Nicaragua. Coach Pope teaches Spanish and is also the assistant coach for girls varsity basketball at Holderness.
Woody Kampmann began coaching at Holderness in 2014. Before coming to campus, he was a college basketball coach for nine years—including seven at the Division 1 level. Most recently he coached at Boston College from 2010-14, where he helped develop two NBA draft picks (Reggie Jackson and Oliver Hanlan). Kampmann, was an assistant at Cornell from 2008-10, where he was part of three Ivy League championship teams and made three NCAA tournament appearences. The 2010 Cornell team advanced to the Sweet 16 after beating Temple and Wisconsin in the first two rounds. Kampmann is a 2005 graduate of Hobart College.
Alan Thompson ’04, competed in the USHL with the Chicago Steel for the 2004–05 season and continued his career with the University of New Hampshire from 2005–09. While playing a limited career at UNH as he continued to recover from 3 ACL surgeries on his right knee in a span of four years, he received numerous honors in his senior season including the Hockey East Turfer Athletic Award for tenacity and commitment to the game after finally playing a full season. His coaching career began in college when he coached at the Dick Umile Hockey School at UNH, the Clinic Hockey School at Bowdoin College, and the USA Hockey Development Camp at the University of Vermont. After college, he directed the hockey training program at Athletic Republic in Norwood, MA for 2 years, a sports training facility geared towards teaching the fundamentals of off-ice training. Prior to coming to Holderness, he coached hockey and baseball at Lakes Region rival Brewster Academy for the 2013–14 season. He was a twelve-varsity letter athlete during his time at Holderness School, competing on the football, hockey, and baseball teams all four years.
Duane Ford is a Holderness grad and long-time faculty and coach who grew up in Ithaca, NY where he watched with joy and wonder the Cornell University hockey and lacrosse teams both coached by famous coach Ned Harkness. After an All-American high school lacrosse career at Holderness, he played football, hockey and lacrosse at Middlebury, winning the ECAC lacrosse championship his freshmen year and achieving All-American his senior year. Proudly captain of both football and lacrosse his senior year, Ford is most proud of winning the Baggataway award in lacrosse his final two years which is given to the player that plays with the most “spirit” as the Native Americans would appreciate. Ford subsequently went on to 12 years at Tufts coaching football and lacrosse, before moving to Holderness with his wife Lori and four kids in 1994 (all of whom graduated from Holderness). His total coaching experience is 36 years - 16 years at the college level and 20 years at the high school level.
Chrissy Lushefski played Division I lacrosse at Dartmouth College for four years. Throughout her time there, her team won an Ivy tournament and participated in two NCAA tournaments. Coach Lushefski was awarded the most improved player award her freshman and sophomore year and the Don and Margaret Radasch Award her senior year for extraordinary dedication, true coachability, and an unselfish attitude. She is eager to instill these values in the team at Holderness.
Erik Thatcher began climbing at Holderness and participated in a Guide Apprenticeship Program as a senior. During college he helped coach the Holderness team and after graduating he came back to run the program. Since college he has been guiding and coaching full time and traveling the country climbing. He holds Wilderness First Responder and the American Mountain Guides Association’s Single Pitch Instructor certifications. He is also a course graduate of an AIRE Level 1 Avalanche Course and AMGA Rock Guide Course.