Head Coach: Joe Martinez
Joseph Martinez graduated from Amherst College in 2008 with a double major in economics and English, and was also a four-year letter winner in soccer for the Lord Jeffs. After college, he worked at a hedge fund in New York City, trading equity derivatives, and international equities for almost four years before deciding to pursue education.
In 2012, Joseph’s former soccer coach contacted him about a fellowship opportunity at Smith College with a nonprofit organization called Project Coach. Project Coach is an after-school sports and literacy program in Springfield, Massachusetts, that works closely with at-risk high school students to hone developmental assets necessary to succeed in life. Joseph spearheaded the college planning and data analysis efforts for the organization while pursuing a M.A.T at Smith College.
At Avon, Joseph teaches English II and economics, and looks forward to coaching soccer, basketball, and track.
Assistant Coach: Brian Cugell
About Mr. Cugell
I grew up in Madison, CT attending Daniel Hand High School where I met my future wife, Morgan. We both attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, where I graduated with a double major in 2004. I have worked with children since I was a teenager, mainly at the Bushy Hill Nature Center in Ivoryton, CT where I taught nature appreciation and wilderness skills. I was recommended to Avon Old Farms by a former classmate and soccer teammate who attended the school and served as vice-warden and I absolutely fell in love with the campus and its inhabitants.
What experience led you to Avon Old Farms School?
I have served Avon Old Farms since 2004, teaching in both the Foreign Language and History Departments. Upon my appointment to the land of the Winged Beavers, I began my Master's Program at Wesleyan University, graduating with a focus in history in 2010. I have been since honored to receive the Kenneth Fanning Faculty Award in 2010. Additionally, since 2011 I have served as Co-Director of Summer Programs, liaising between the school and vendor programs making use of our campus during the summer months. Currently, I am teaching all sections of AP US History in the History Department. In the fall, I work with the soccer program and I am the head dormitory master in Brown Dormitory.
Why do you teach at Avon Old Farms School?
Aside from the big-picture mission of any student graduating from Avon Old Farms, my goal as an educator is to encourage my students to think critically and ask questions to seek the truth. Learning to ask the right questions can be an incredibly powerful weapon in a student's mental arsenal. I love when my students ask "Why?," but maybe more importantly, I love when they ask "Why not?" My job is to build a rapport with that boy. If I can bridge the gap between us, and foster in him a desire to learn and to act industriously, my student will succeed and I will achieve my goal, too!
Assistant Coach: Keith Lee
Keith was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended Western Reserve Academy. During his high school career, Keith was on the varsity lacrosse team for four years and the varsity soccer team for three years. He was a captain in both sports his senior year as well as a all conference player in both sports. He was also a member of many of clubs including student council and the green key society, and was president of the fly fishing club.
Keith continued his studies at Robert Morris University where he earned his degree in mathematics. In addition to his studies, Keith played Division 1 lacrosse for four years, as well as coached a local lacrosse team. Keith earned all-rookie team honors during his first year at Robert Morris in the CAA Conference before they became independent.
Keith is in his fifth year at school and has served in various positions. He currently works in the Mathematics Department and serves as an academic advisor for multiple students at school. He has taught all different levels in math. Keith has taught geometry, algebra 2, algebra 2 honors, advanced math, and pre-calc. Currently he is teaching pre-calc and algebra 2 honors. In his time here he has helped coach basketball and currently helps with the Soccer, Conditioning, and Lacrosse team here at school.
In the summer, Keith coaches for different local lacrosse teams and also serves as one of Avon’s summer online class teachers. He teaches geometry and taught the math SAT prep course. When he is not teaching or coaching he would be found at lacrosse showcases or on the water fishing.
Keith was married this June to his wife Alexis. They were married in the school's chapel. They currently reside in Duplex 1D with their chocolate lab Kyah.