The Holderness girls’ JV soccer team contains a wide range of talent but is a cohesive group of competitive, high-spirited girls, who are determined to improve their skills, while enjoying the sport to the fullest.
The program is focused on skills development. Depending on the numbers each year, there are one or two junior varsity squads, ensuring that all players receive plenty of attention and experience in games. Players on the JV2 squad are traditionally new to the game, while players on the JV1 squad have the potential to move up and play at the varsity level. The coaches understand that there are varying levels of skill, so they are adept at catering practices to challenge all abilities. It is the hope that each player will develop over the course of the season and discover a love for the game.
Alex Ellsworth joined the Holderness faculty in 2020. Alex is the director of the Music Program, coaches soccer, and is a dorm parent on campus. He earned his Bachelor’s in Music from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Music from DePaul University. Previously, Alex worked as the music director at MUSIC Inc. Chicago and as a cellist in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He’s also been a part of the touring cast for Cinematic Shadow Puppetry Company, Manual Cinema, and is a founding member of Contemporary Artist Collective, Mocrep.
Alicia Carter joined the Holderness faculty in 2020. Alicia teaches French and coaches JV girls’ soccer and varsity softball. She earned her B.A in French and anthropology from Colgate University. Before coming to Holderness, Alicia worked as a volunteer French teacher in central New York from 2015 to 2018 and an English teaching assistant in Normandy, France from 2019 to 2020. She loves to study different cultures and languages and travels internationally when possible. Alicia is also an avid puzzle enthusiast.