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Carl Stensland

Carl Stensland

Mathematics and Science Faculty, Head Soccer Coach
B.S., Eastern Connecticut State University
M.S., Ohio University

 

Carl Stensland is a Connecticut native. Growing up in Mansfield, he attended E.O. Smith High School in Storrs. A soccer player since the age of four, he developed a deep passion for the sport. He was a competitive member of the Oakwood Soccer Club for a decade until it was time for him to move on to the collegiate level.

As a freshman, Carl attended Quinnipiac and played Division 1 soccer before transferring to Eastern Connecticut State University for his remaining three years. He studied biology and graduated with his Bachelor’s. After college, Carl found himself pursuing each of his loves separately: he was an assistant men’s soccer coach at Eastern; he was a math and science tutor at E.O. Smith; and he was a youth soccer coach as well. One day, he got some advice from a friend:

“He said to me, ‘You know, if you like teaching and coaching, you might want to look into boarding schools. That way, you can do both but work with the same group of people in the same place. You won’t have to be commuting all over to do what you love,’” Carl shared. “I thought it made a lot of sense, and began to pursue that path.”

In 2016, Carl began teaching and coaching at Mercersburg Academy, an independent coed college-preparatory boarding and day school for grades 9-12 and postgraduates in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. He taught math and science, coached soccer, and was a dormitory dean. After four years, Carl knew he liked the boarding school experience, but wanted to be back in New England where he could be closer to family and friends. 

“I originally thought I wanted to be a collegiate coach, but I began to realize that I didn’t want soccer to be all-consuming,” he said. “I really enjoy teaching and inspiring a passion for math and science in my students… Seeing a student wrestle with a subject and being able to help him approach it from different angles until he gets it is very rewarding. I love being able to develop relationships on and off the field with my players by getting to know them in the classroom and around campus.” 

In the fall of 2020, Carl joined the Avon Old Farms School faculty. He is the head varsity soccer coach and teaches math and science. On the field, his goal is to ensure that each practice is fun and exciting for his players. He said that while every practice should be competitive, he also wants to ensure that his players continue to love the game as much as he does.

“After teaching one class during my interview process, I could really sense the Avon Brotherhood that permeates the school,” he said. “I have experienced that feeling with a soccer team of 20, but I was really excited to see that connection energize an entire school of 400 boys. The campus really has a ‘one team’ atmosphere that I was excited to become a part of.”

FUN FACTS:

  • In the summer of 2018, Carl led a group of students on a three-week tour of China.
  • He hiked Massachusetts to Connecticut on the Appalachian Trail.
  • Averaged playing 93 minutes a game his senior year at Eastern, a program record.
  • He holds the unofficial world record for most gelatos eaten in Rome in one day (seven).