It’s this commitment to providing the best athletic program that has afforded Athletic Director Rick Eccleston ‘92 the opportunity to spend the next twelve months working alongside some of the nation’s top athletes and coaches to research best practices around strength and conditioning, coach development, character development, nutrition, and sports psychology.
Just as Rick departs campus to begin his whirlwind athletic adventure, Holderness School
is pleased to welcome Justin ‘04 and Jenna Simon, who come to us by way of New Hampton School.
Jenna Simon will serve as the interim athletic director for the 2019-2020 academic year. A graduate of Boston College, Jenna played lacrosse and captained the perennial powerhouse BC Eagles. Jenna is no stranger to athletic administration, having served as the assistant athletic director and head varsity girls lacrosse coach for New Hampton School. Jenna is also a select team head coach for 3DLacrosse, one of the nation’s leading lacrosse training programs.
In addition to leading the athletic program, Jenna will be an assistant coach for the varsity girls lacrosse team alongside head coach and Dartmouth College lacrosse standout Chrissy Lushefski.
Justin Simon ‘04 returns to Holderness to join the Admission Office and serve as the head coach for the varsity boys lacrosse team. Justin is a graduate of Bates College, where he was one of the Bobcats’ leading scorers as well as an All-NESCAC Conference Team member. Justin holds a master’s degree in educational leadership with a concentration in athletic administration from Plymouth State University. Most recently, Justin taught English and coached lacrosse at New Hampton School, where he led the Huskies to four Lakes Region Championships and two undefeated seasons. Justin received US Lacrosse Coach of the Year honors in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017; he was also named Lakes Region Coach of the Year in 2017. In addition to his work in independent schools, Justin is the founder of My Position ‘A’ Advising Company, LLC and Sua Sponte Lacrosse and Leadership Camps.
Justin comes to the varsity boys lacrosse program after an incredibly successful coaching tenure by Duane Ford ‘74, who will remain a coach on the team. In addition to defeating Exeter and St. Paul’s and making a run in the Lakes Region Tournament, Holderness lacrosse received the Northern New England Team Sportsmanship Award and Duane Ford was named the Northern New England Man of the Year by lacrosse coaches in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine; the team also named four All-Northern New England All-Stars.
Commenting on the arrival of Justin and Jenna Simon, Head of School Phil Peck shared, “we are incredibly fortunate to welcome Jenna and Justin to Holderness to fill vital roles in the athletic program and add greatly to our community. As a couple, they bring national-caliber talent, tremendous integrity as coaches and leaders, and a belief in the mission and values of Holderness. We are truly blessed and excited to welcome Jenna, Justin, and their young family to Holderness.