Gara Field to Helm MB Girls’ Soccer Program

Moses Brown School is pleased to announce that Dr. Gara Field, Interim Head of the Upper School, has agreed to become the head varsity girls’ soccer coach for the 2019 season and beyond. Gara will join Assistant Coach Meg Fifer on the sidelines and is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with an incredibly talented squad.

Gara played Division I soccer at the University of Hartford where her team made two NCAA tournament appearances in the Elite 8 and Sweet 16 respectively. She played for legendary Hartford coach Austin Daniels who won the NCAA Coach of Year award in 1989. Gara captained the team her senior season and earned an NCAA Sportsmanship award for her leadership on the soccer field.

Gara began her coaching career at Quinnipiac College followed by a decade coaching at independent schools, including Ethel Walker School in Conn., New Hampton School in N.H., and Pace Academy in Georgia. Gara’s soccer teams made multiple tournament appearances and won runner-up accolades three times, including a Conference Championship in Georgia. While at Pace Academy, Gara was also named the Atlanta Journal Constitution Soccer Coach of Year.

In addition to soccer, Gara also coached girls’ varsity basketball at New Hampton, winning three New England championships. She was inducted into the New Hampton Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 as a successful coach and stand out three-sport varsity athlete in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse at her alma mater.

When asked what she was looking forward to on her return to the pitch, Gara said, “I’m inspired by our MB student-athletes and see this as an opportunity to impact the lives of dedicated and hardworking young women in a sport that I’ve loved since I was six years old. Plus, Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw’s take on why it’s important for women to coach and lead resonated with me recently. I’m honored and excited to return to coaching and embrace this team and Quaker Nation on a new level.”

Gara is a gifted educational leader and teacher who is passionately committed to her students in the upper school. Next year, she will return to her cross-divisional role as Director of Global Education and Social Innovation, partnering with faculty leaders to steward the school’s efforts in Ethical Leadership, Global Education, and Expert Thinking. It’s exciting for MB girls’ soccer and the school’s entire athletic program to have an educator, athlete, and coach of Gara’s caliber joining the ranks of head coaches. Gara still plays in a local women’s soccer league with Associate Athletic Director Sarah McShane and Middle School English Teacher Mo Nagle.

Thank you to Dan Ohl, middle school mathematics department chair, for his work leading the girls’ soccer team for the past eight years. Dan announced his resignation from coaching earlier this spring, after coaching the team from 2011-2018, helping his team make the playoffs seven of his eight years. Dan was responsible for the team moving up to Division II in 2013 due to their improved record under his leadership and also was instrumental in moving the girls’ soccer coaches’ association toward gender equality by insisting the leadership adopt the same award standards as the boys’ association. Additionally, the girls’ soccer team won the RIIL Sportsmanship Award in 2017.

Please join us in thanking Dan and in congratulating Gara Field on this new role at Moses Brown School.