Soccer - Varsity
Soccer Program OverviewPlaying soccer at Avon Old Farms School means being part of the rich athletic tradition that the school has developed over the years. With talented student-athletes, committed coaches, and fantastic facilities, Avon’s soccer program has earned recognition as one of the top prep school programs in all of New England.Avon fields five competitive teams. Each team plays a full schedule of games and each team has at least two coaches. The goals at all levels are to improve our players through training emphasizing technical development, tactical awareness, and top physical fitness. Avon has often culled its talent from both soccer-specific and multi-sport athletes, so all three phases of training are inherent to the success of the program.
The varsity team plays its home matches on Carriuolo Field, one of the largest and highest-quality pitches in New England. As a member of the Western New England Prep School Soccer Association and the Founder’s League, Avon plays an incredibly competitive schedule. As is often said in sports, “in order to be the best, you must play the best” and Avon’s record against traditional powers Hotchkiss, Kent, Deerfield, Northfield Mount Hermon, Loomis, Taft, Berkshire, Westminster, Choate, Trinity Pawling is something we are extremely proud of.
Within the last ten years, the varsity team has enjoyed extraordinary success qualifying for the playoffs several times while winning the New England Championships twice (2005 and 2007). Equally impressive, Avon has won the WNEPSSA Sportsmanship Award several times – most recently in 2008. Finally, Avon has established a strong record of sending boys to play at the top collegiate programs in the country and Avon currently has several graduates playing at the Division 1 and Division 3 level.
Avon Old Farms remains a uniquely suited environment for the aspiring student athlete, pushing our boys to be the best everyday.
Head Coach: Joe Martinez
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.
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!
|1||Alexander Henrich||GK||2021||South Salem, NY|
|2||Samuel Dion||D/M||2023||Scarborough, ME|
|3||Ryan Varano||D||2020||Avon, CT|
|4||Matthew Leopold||F||2021||Avon, CT|
|5||Michael Indomenico||M||2021||Wethersfield, CT|
|6||Nicholas Karol||D||2021||Westwood, MA|
|7||Alexander Riggle||M/F||2020||Norwalk, CT|
|8||Deewitt Sperau||M||2020||Washington, DC|
|9||Ezekiel Menendez||F||2020||Avon, CT|
|11||Cameron Sweedler||D||2020||Westport, CT|
|12||Amir Thomas||D||2021||Southampton, Bermuda|
|13||Bradley Morris||D||2020||Avon, CT|
|14||John O'Connor||M||2020||South Portland, ME|
|15||Mackinnon Brennan||D||2020||Southington, CT|
|18||Colin Dugan||M||2023||Avon, CT|
|19||Saagar Motupally||M||2021||Avon, CT|
|20||Konner Adams||D||2022||West Hartford, CT|
|22||R. Windate Brichkowski||D/M||2022||Wilton, CT|
|25||Jacob Perry||GK||2021||Avon, CT|
|Andrew Donlan||Manager||2020||Haddam, CT|
|Aiden Gravina||Manager||2021||Farmington, CT|