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 the 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.
Ian, who grew up in Medway, MA and attended Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, holds a BA in both Mathematics and Physics from Wheaton College. Ian first arrived at Holderness in 2013, and then returned in 2016. Before Holderness, he taught math and coached Boys' Varsity Lacrosse at New Hampton School and served as a data analyst for Enterprise Risk Management. At Holderness, Ian coaches boys' varsity lacrosse and boys' JV hockey. Ian is married to Kelly Casey (also a teacher at Holderness), and together they have a son Tom and a dog Bogey.
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.