Coaches

Chapin's coaching staff

Michelle Caywood - Athletic Director

Michelle Caywood received her bachelor of science degree in K-12 physical education from the University of Connecticut. She remained there for graduate school, studying educational counseling and serving as a graduate assistant for the university’s women’s cross country and track and field programs. Ms. Caywood moved to New York to teach at the Brearley School, where over the course of a decade, she worked as a physical education teacher; as coach of the soccer, volleyball, field hockey, basketball, softball and lacrosse teams; as an 11th-grade homeroom teacher; and as a computer specialist for student publications. In 2002, Ms. Caywood moved around the corner to become Chapin’s director of physical education and athletics. In addition to this work, she has coached Chapin’s varsity field hockey and varsity lacrosse teams and co-founded a two-week summer camp for Middle School girls, called @100.

Ms. Caywood is active in athletics leadership at the state and local levels. She served two three-year term as a member of the NYSAIS Athletic Association’s athletic director’s committee, has served three terms as vice president of the Athletic Association of Independent Schools, and one term as League President. Ms. Caywood currently serves on the AAIS Steering Committee and is the webmaster for the NYSAIS Athletic Association as well as webmaster for the AAIS.

To her work at Chapin, Ms. Caywood brings significant university and adult-level sports experience. Before transferring to the University of Connecticut as an undergraduate, she played goalkeeper for one year on the Division I field hockey team at Boston University, a school to which she had been recruited. Ms. Caywood continued to play field hockey for Connecticut and contributed toward its 1985 NCAA Division I national championship win. After college, she followed her passion for field hockey to the Hampshire Club hockey team in New England. There, she made the Northeast 1 team for three consecutive years, which allowed her to compete in the Division I club competition at the National Field Hockey Festival. She has competed in Canada, England, Bermuda, the Netherlands and throughout the United States. Ms. Caywood also served as the goalkeeper coach for Connecticut College’s field hockey and lacrosse teams in 1989 and 1990.

Beyond athletics, Ms. Caywood has taken courses in graphic design and advertising at Parsons, a division of The New School in New York City, and pursues a wide range of personal interests, including web design, boating, fishing, golfing, skiing, tennis, music and photography.


Michael Davis - Head of US PE; Varsity Basketball; 5/6 Soccer; 5/6 Track and Field

Michael Davis received his bachelor's degree from Duke University, his Doctor of Law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his master's degree in physical education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Since joining Chapin in 2000, Mr. Davis has taught physical education for classes K-12 and has coached soccer, basketball and track. He is currently the co-chair of the Physical Education Department, Head of Upper School Physical Education, and the Head Coach of the varsity basketball and 5/6 soccer teams. During his tenure coaching Chapin basketball, Mr. Davis’ teams have won multiple Varsity and JV AAIS regular-season and post-season titles. In his six years coaching varsity, the team has won five AAIS regular season titles (including four undefeated AAIS seasons and an overall league record of 49-2), and three AAIS post-season tournament championships. The team has also qualified for the New York State post-season tournament five times, twice advancing to the quarterfinal round.

Mr. Davis is the founder and director of the Chapin Gator Hoops basketball program, the Gator Kicks soccer program and the Gator Spikes volleyball program. For the past eleven summers, he has been the Director of the Future Stars Basketball Camp at SUNY Purchase, in Purchase N.Y

Jeanne Allegra - Head of LS and MS PE; Varsity Cross Country; 5/6 Track and Field

Jeanne Allegra is a 21-year member of the Chapin community. She earned her BA in physical education and a minor in physiological psychology from Denison University. During her four years at Denison, Ms. Allegra was a three-sport varsity athlete competing in soccer, and both indoor and outdoor track. While at Chapin, she has taught in all divisions, but her primary focus has been in the Middle and Lower Schools, where she is currently serving as the co-head of the PE department. Throughout her Chapin career, Ms. Allegra has been a Middle School homeroom assistant, Middle School advisor, the assistant to the athletic director, PE teacher, and head coach of the soccer, track and cross country teams. She is an avid runner and continues to play competitive soccer in NJ, where she lives with her husband and four children.

Martin Piñeiro - Athletic Trainer

Martin Piñeiro graduated from Boston University with a bachelor of science degree in health studies. He then attended Long Island University, where he earned a master of science degree in sports medicine and athletic training. He completed his master of arts degree in bio-behavioral studies at Columbia University Teacher's College in 2007 and specialized in physical education. Mr. Piñeiro spent four years at The Chapin School as the athletic trainer and, in fall 2004, became an Upper School physical education teacher. He continues as athletic trainer and is also coach of the varsity swim team and Class 10 supervisor. Mr. Piñeiro's interests include swimming, scuba diving and fishing.

Ginger Murtaugh - Varsity Field Hockey; 5/6 Basketball; 5/6 Lacrosse

Ginger Murtaugh received her bachelor’s degree in American studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Mrs. Murtaugh raised a family in Connecticut and, while there, taught nursery school, was a substitute teacher in the Wilton public schools, founded lacrosse and field hockey youth programs, and worked as a consultant for Tips On Trips and Camps, an advisory service that helps families find summer programs and camps for their children.

She returned to New York City and joined the Chapin community in 2009. Mrs. Murtaugh teaches physical education and coaches field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. She spends her summer and winter vacations in Edwards, Colorado, where she loves to hike, bike, golf, ski and snowshoe.

Carlton Farrier - Varsity Squash; 7/8 Lacrosse; Gator Squash & Tennis; Squash Elective

Carlton Farrier earned her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at Mary Washington College and her Master’s of Education in Health and Physical Education at The University of Virginia.

A Chapin professional community member since 1990, she teaches physical education across all divisions, certifies all Class 9 students in First Aid and CPR, coordinates the Sports Saturday program, and is a member of the Class 11 homeroom team. Ms. Farrier currently coaches varsity squash and 7/8 lacrosse.

She previously served as the AAIS Gymnastics League chair for three separate terms, and was the varsity gymnastics and Middle School gymnastics head coach for 26 years, leading the varsity team to numerous AAIS championships and both teams to numerous season first place wins until the programs ended in 2015.

Prior to joining Chapin in 1990, Ms. Farrier was Lower School and Middle School Physical Education Chair at St. Anne’s- Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia and the Fleming School Physical Education chair for Classes 3-8, as well as the after school programs director for the Classes K-8. She was also the Middle School and Upper School Physical Education Chair and Athletic Director at the Fieldston School, where she coached JV Soccer and varsity Track.

An active participant in Manhattan youth and teen sports, Ms. Farrier joined the board of the West Side Soccer League in its first year of competition, and she coached the same boys team in the WSSL for 11 seasons. The initial number of 40 children in the league has risen to over 4,000 members today. Ms. Farrier previously served as a commissioner and board member of the North Park Hockey League and was a board member of the Skating Club of New York.

Denise Ortiz - 5/6 Volleyball, 7/8 basketball, 5/6 Basketball; 5/6 Track and Field

Denise Ortiz earned her first bachelor's degree in sports management from the State University of New York at New Paltz and went on to complete a second bachelor's degree in physical education from Brooklyn College. She was a three sport collegiate athlete, playing basketball, tennis, and softball.

Since she arrived at Chapin in 1999, Ms. Ortiz has taught physical education in all divisions and coached JV soccer, JV and varsity basketball, and JV and varsity softball. As head coach of the JV soccer team, she led the athletes to five undefeated league seasons and three championship seasons. She currently coaches 5/6 volleyball, 7/8 basketball, and 7/8 track, and has been a member of the Class 9 homeroom team for twelve years. Ms. Ortiz spends the weekends golfing, biking and hiking on the trails in upstate New York.

Alison Levy - Head Athletic Trainer

Alison Levy is an athletic trainer for Middle and Upper School programs and also assists with Lower School physical education. She works closely with all of the athletic teams and helps to keep our Chapin athletes healthy.

Before coming to Chapin, Ms. Levy was the athletic trainer at Ardsley High School and a preschool teacher in Scarsdale, NY.

Ms. Levy graduated from Ithaca College with a BS in athletic training and a minor in health. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in early childhood education and is looking forward to applying what she has learned at Chapin. She joined us in 2011.

Jane Anne Randolph - 7/8 Soccer: JV Basketball; Varsity Lacrosse

Jane Anne Randolph earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in education from Denison University. While there, she was a two-sport athlete, playing on both the basketball and lacrosse teams.

Mrs. Randolph first joined Chapin in 1991, and was the head of Upper School physical education and coach for Middle School soccer, JV basketball and varsity lacrosse. In 1992, Mrs. Randolph became Chapin’s first varsity lacrosse coach and started the AAIS Lacrosse League in 1997. Her teams won multiple season and tournament championships. From 2000-2002, Mrs. Randolph taught lower school physical education and coached field hockey and lacrosse.

After spending some time at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia and St. Martin’s School in Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Randolph returned to Chapin in 2013. She teaches Lower and Middle School physical education and coaches JV basketball and varsity lacrosse. In her free time, Mrs. Randolph enjoys Pure Barre, biking and spending time with her family.

Sydney Streimer - 7/8 Soccer, JV Basketball, Varsity Tennis

Sydney Streimer received her bachelor's degree in movement and sports studies with a physical education major and a health minor from Springfield College. As an Aspen Institute Scholar, she is currently continuing her graduate school studies at Teachers College, Columbia University.

In addition to teaching physical education at Chapin, Ms. Streimer coaches 7/8 soccer, JV basketball, and the varsity tennis team. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, cycling and teaching tennis. She has been involved with the Special Olympics as a volunteer coach and participates in unified-team sports. She also is a senior facilitator with the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) NY Metro Chapter, guiding high school sophomore leaders in a community of youth volunteers dedicated to service.

Antonette Rowe - Assistant to the Athletic Director, 5/6 Volleyball, 7/8 Volleyball, Varsity Basketball, Varsity Track & Field

Antonette Rowe began her Chapin career in 2010. Ms. Rowe earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management with a minor in Business from St. John’s University. She continued with her education by earning a Master in Art in Teaching Physical Education from Manhattanville College. With her passion for athletics, Ms. Rowe coaches Middle School Volleyball, Varsity Track and Field, and Varsity Basketball. Ms. Rowe is currently the Assistant to the Athletic Director and an Upper School Advisor.

Nick DePaola - JV Volleyball, 5/6 Basketball, Varsity Badminton

Nick DePaola earned his bachelor's degree in physical education at the State University of New York at Cortland and his Master of Education in Health Education from Lehman College. During his time at Cortland, he was a member of the varsity football and rugby teams.

At Chapin, Mr. DePaola teaches physical education in all divisions and coaches JV volleyball, Middle School basketball, and varsity badminton. He also serves as the Athletic Association of Independent Schools’ league badminton chairperson. Prior to Chapin, Mr. DePaola taught physical education, coached volleyball and badminton, and co-created a strength and conditioning program at The Hewitt School. He enjoys spending his weekends with his family, cooking, golfing, and cycling.

Cayla Liptak - Varsity Field Hockey, Varsity Swim, Varsity Lacrosse

Cayla Liptak received her bachelor’s degree in art history and education studies from Bowdoin College, where she played Division III lacrosse. During her freshman year at Bowdoin, the team reached the NCAA Final Four and Championship game. During a semester exchange program, Ms. Liptak spent a spring at Wesleyan University and played NESCAC lacrosse for the Cardinals. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in physical education and sports pedagogy at Manhattanville College.

At Chapin, Ms. Liptak is a physical education teacher in the Lower and Middle School, a member of the Class 4 homeroom team, and head field hockey and lacrosse coach. She previously taught in the Lower School and coached field hockey, squash and lacrosse at Greenwich Academy. In her spare time, Ms. Liptak enjoys going for runs along the water, spending time outdoors, and sampling unique ice cream flavors.

Jenna Weber - Varsity Field Hockey

Jenna Weber attended The State University of New York at New Paltz, where she was a 4-year member of the field hockey team. She studied economics and fine art print making, with a minor in art history.

At Chapin, Ms. Weber is the assistant coach for the varsity field hockey team. In her spare time, she enjoys weight training at the gym, playing field hockey for local amateur leagues, and inspiring others to create their own healthy goals.

Maddy Berkman - Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Swim

Maddy Berkman graduated from Middlebury College in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in sociology-anthropology. While there, she was a 4-year varsity swimmer and captain of the team her senior year.

At Chapin, she is the assistant varsity cross-country coach and the assistant varsity swimming coach. When she is not busy coaching, Ms. Berkman works in the Chapin Advancement Office.

Samantha Simmons - 5/6 Soccer, 5/6 Basketball, and 5/6 Lacrosse

Samantha Simmons received her bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and holds master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Originally from the Philadelphia area, she was a 3-sport letter winner in high school where she was her school’s female nominee for the High School Heisman. She then went on to compete in collegiate track & field at Carnegie Mellon where she was team captain and set six school records between the indoor and outdoor seasons. Before joining the Chapin coaching staff, Ms. Simmons was the head varsity girl’s basketball coach at The Philadelphia School.

At Chapin, she coaches 5/6 soccer, 5/6 basketball, and 5/6 lacrosse. In addition to coaching, Ms. Simmons works full-time for her startup, Curative Orthopaedics, which designs recovery-wear for athletes. In her spare time, she plays on recreational soccer teams in Manhattan and Brooklyn and enjoys playing pick-up basketball with friends.

Eric Kipoliongo - Varsity Soccer

Eric Kipoliongo was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and moved to the United States when he was eight years old. He played collegiate soccer at Herkimer College on the 2013 National Championship Team and has devoted the past seven years to developing and coaching youth soccer players. He is the assistant varsity soccer coach at Chapin.

When he isn’t coaching, Mr. Kipoliongo is a paraprofessional at P.S. 158, the Bayard Taylor School. He is dedicated to passing on his knowledge to the up and coming students of the game of soccer.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" White - Varsity Swim

Eizabeth “Lizzie” White began swimming competitively at the age of eight and continued her sport through her sophomore year at Dickinson College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in policy management and Spanish. She is currently earning her Doctor of Law degree at the City University of New York School of Law.

Ms. White joined Chapin as a varsity swim coach in 2015. She was previously the assistant swim school principal at Asphalt Green, a field coordinator for the Citywide Aquatics division of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, head lifeguard/swim instructor for the City of Madison Parks Division in Madison, Wisconsin, and a coach for the Carlisle Family YMCA in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Ms. White enjoys teaching lifeguarding classes and riding her bike around the city.

Michael Bermudez - Varsity Soccer

Michael Bermudez grew up in a competitive soccer environment in New York City. He played competitively as a goalkeeper Mr. has been coaching soccer for 12 years and currently holds his NSCAA Advanced diploma and a USSF C license. He is the head coach for Chapin’s varsity soccer team and brings a wealth of passion and knowledge to the program.

Hakim Roberson - 7/8 Cross Country, Indoor Track

Hakim Roberson is a New York transplant from Waynesboro, Georgia. A high school athlete, he joined the Marine Corps in 2010, graduated with Honor Grad from the School of Infantry at Camp Leujuene and transitioned into the Marine Corps Reserves, and attended college in Savannah, Georgia.

At Chapin, Mr. Roberson is the 7/8 cross-country assistant coach and indoor track assistant coach. He lives in the Bronx and is currently pursuing a career in personal training while still serving in the Marine Corps Reserves. In his spare time, Mr. Roberson enjoys music, the outdoors and being active. He hopes to foster excellence and a drive to compete in our athletes at Chapin that will guide them for years to come.

Maire-Anne McCormack - 5/6 Swim, 7/8 Swim

Maire-Anne McCormack earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education with a minor in music from New York University. While there, she was a member of the women’s water polo team and played violin in the symphony orchestra. As a college junior, Ms. McCormack began coaching swimming at Asphalt Green and discovered her passion for teaching aquatics. A high school swimmer for the Academy of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, her team finished first in the state championships during her junior year and they were county champions for four years. She also lifeguarded for the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol and is dedicated to water safety and education.

At Chapin, Ms. McCormack coaches 5/6 and 7/8 swim. In her spare time, she participates in triathlons and marathons and encourages young women to be lifelong athletes and team sport participants. Ms. McCormack will complete her Masters of Science degree in science education at City College in spring 2017.

Alain Saint-Dic - 7/8 Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Varsity Track & Field

Alain Saint-Dic is a personal trainer with over ten years of experience in the health and fitness industry and was previously an assistant track and field coach at The City College of New York. At Chapin, he coaches 7/8 cross-country, and varsity indoor and outdoor track and field.

Though he studied pre-law in college, his love for the human body and its adaptive ability, along with his desire to unlock the largely untapped potential of human beings, led him to pursue a passionate career in athletics, health and fitness. Mr. Saint-Dic’s love for working with athletes of all ages provides him with the opportunity to utilize his background in enhancing athletic ability to help people realize their potential. He believes that all athletes can show remarkable improvement through a positive attitude, proper biomechanics, and strength and conditioning, while developing an understanding of fundamental sports skills that translate to peak performance. When he’s not coaching, Mr. Saint-Dic personal training clients and is the Health and Fitness Editor of 20som.com. He holds certifications from National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT, PES) and as a USA Track and Field Coach (USATF-C1).

Frances Lyons - Varsity Basketball

Frances Lyons earned dual degrees in physical education and sociology from Brooklyn College. She has years of basketball experience as both a player and a coach, having played at the collegiate, semi-professional and FIBA levels, and coached at the high school and college level.

Since arriving at Chapin in 2011, Coach Lyons has coached the 5/6, 7/8 and varsity basketball teams. In her spare time, you can catch her at Asphalt Green where she is the Sports League manager.

Jacek Ratajczak - Varsity Volleyball

Jacek Ratajczak received a division 1 volleyball scholarship to California State University Northridge and graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. While there, he was a two-time All-American volleyball player. After college, Mr. Ratajczak played professional volleyball in Germany, France, Belgium and Poland. He was a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team from 2013 to 2014 and competed at the 2013 Pan Am Cup in Mexico.

Prior to Chapin, Mr. Ratajczak was an assistant men’s volleyball coach at Baruch College and he has coached clinics at various clubs around New York City. He is currently Chapin’s assistant varsity volleyball coach and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.

Lydia Davenport - Varsity Cross Country

Lydia Davenport graduated from Chapin in 2012 and was a member of the first Chapin cross-country team. She recently graduated from Brown University, where she ran cross-country and track & field for four years, becoming captain her senior year. Ms. Davenport loves to run, especially on the hills at Van Cortlandt Park, and sheís a big fan of Lloydís Carrot Cake across the street for post-run celebrations.

Catrina Warren - JV Volleyball, 7/8 Basketball

Catrina Warren received her bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a minor in law from Iona College. She attended Iona with a full athletic scholarship for volleyball and was member of the All MAAC Academic Team from 2011-2014, the rookie team in 2011, Second Team All MAAC in 2011, 2012 and 2014, and First Team All MAAC in 2013.

At Chapin, Ms. Warren coaches JV volleyball and 7/8 basketball. When she isn't coaching, she works at Enterprise at the Westchester Airport. In her spare time, Ms. Warren enjoys playing volleyball and basketball, and cooking.

Lauren Gallagher - 5/6 Soccer, 5/6 Swimming, 7/8 Swimming

Lauren Gallagher earned her bachelor's degree in middle school mathematics and science education at the University of Dayton. Prior to Chapin, she taught third and fourth grade at Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT, while volunteering as a math enrichment tutor at Waterside School. Ms. Gallagher also ran the elementary after-school program at Brunswick and went on to complete her master's degree at Manhattanville College.

In addition to teaching mathematics at Chapin, Ms. Gallagher coaches 5/6 soccer and the 5/6 and 7/8 swimming teams. She is a Chicago native and an avid sports fan who enjoys live music, community service and spending time with loved ones.

Samantha Sherman - Varsity Volleyball, 5/6 Swimming, 7/8 Swimming, 5/6 Track, 7/8 Track

Samantha Sherman graduated from Chapin in 2005 and went on to earn her bachelor's degree in dance and English at Wesleyan University, where she also played Division III volleyball.

In addition to teaching dance and Pilates at Chapin, Ms. Sherman is the head Varsity volleyball coach and assistant Middle School swim and track coach. She has been a part of the Chapin volleyball program for over 15 years.

In her spare time, Ms. Sherman teaches and performs with the Brooklyn-based dance company TYKEDance and with Pedro Alejandro Dance and Dancers. She also teaches dance at The Dwight School. Ms. Sherman is a certified Pilates instructor and enjoys teaching throughout the city.

Oscar Kemjika - Indoor Track

Oscar Kemjika has been a track athlete for over 14 years. Since his sophmore year at JFK High School in the Bronx (Riverdale), he has competed in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. His running events ranged from the 5K and 10K in cross country to the 400m and 1500m on the track. He became a more seasoned runner during his college years at Lehman College, where he earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science, and post-collegiate as a member of Central Park Track Club, where his focus has been on the 800 and 400m events. The highlights of his career include his most recent participation in the 2016 Nigerian Olympic Trials, and becoming the 2005 AAU Champion in the 800m.

Oscar's passion for the sport of track and field comes from his love of competition and the spirit of achievement through hard work and self-discovery/mastery. As a track coach, he hopes to inspire young children who are where he once was when he first stepped foot on the line to compete at a track meet. He sees coaching as a way to learn and grow while sharing his knowledge of the sport.

Ray Zananiri - Varsity Squash

Ray Zananiri earned his bachelor's degree from Adelphi Univeristy and his Master of Business Adminisration from Baruch College. Following a career in finance, he became Regional Squash Manager at New York Sports Club, managing their squash operations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Stamford and White Plains. He is currently the Squash Director at CityView Raquet Club.

Mr. Zananiri began coaching Chapin's squash team in 2015 and in his first year led them to victory at the AAIS tournament and an outstanding performance at the National Championships.

Alie Philip - 5/6 Lacrosse

Alie Philip attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Art and played defense on the Varsity Field Hockey team. Prior to Bates, Alie attended Westminster School, a boarding school located in Simsbury, Connecticut. She grew up on the Westminster campus as a faculty child - her father is currently the Headmaster. During her time at Westminster, Alie participated for all four years as a member of the varsity field hockey and varsity lacrosse teams. Currently, Alie works as the Advancement Associate at Chapin. She joined the School in the spring of 2015.

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