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What's happening here at Hoosac!

Hoosac Adds Union College Alum Purvis to Faculty

Taylor (Mac) Purvis is excited to join the teaching and coaching staff at Hoosac School after two seasons as the Academic Director for the Northern Cyclones Junior Hockey Program. Mac also served as an Assistant Coach for the Tier I U16 Elite Team and the Women's Full Season Junior Team, and worked this past summer as a coach for USA Hockey at the Rocky Mountain Multi-District Camp in Colorado Springs, CO.

Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Mac completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in Theater and Philosophy at Union College in Schenectady, NY. While at Union, Mac was a starter for the Women's Division I ice hockey program her senior year.

Prior to Union, Mac was an Assistant Captain for her high school team, the Warner Warriors. In her senior season, Mac helped lead the Warriors to a Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL) championship title, finishing first in their league. She was also a member of the Team Alberta U18 team for two consecutive years, competing for a National title in both Ontario and British Columbia.

Mac is currently completing her Masters of Education in Curriculum Development, and stated, "I'm extremely eager to join both the teaching and athletic staff at Hoosac School."

With our Girls' Hockey Program we look to bring in assistant coaches who are looking to launch a career in coaching Women's Hockey and help to grow the game around the world. Coach Ward has numerous former players who are actively coaching. Meghan Gillis is the Head Coach of Williams College, Celeste Brown is an Assistant Coach for Penn State University, Ashley Kilstein is an Assistant Coach for Princeton University, Christie Cicero is an Assistant Coach for Rensselaer Polytechnic University, Jamie Goldsmith is the Head Coach for Gunnery School, and Beth Hanrahan is an Assistant Coach for Pete Johnson at Shattuck St. Mary's U16 Team, to name a few.

Hoosac School's Assistant Coach from this past season, Cari Coen, is joining the staff of the historic Kunlun Red Star Women's Hockey family of China and is excited to grow the game of women's hockey as China prepares to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Coach Coen remarked, "I am ecstatic to model the Kunlun Red Star Junior Team after Head Coach Murphy and Associate Head Coach Morgan in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL)."

Coach Coen continued, "I am extremely thankful for the opportunity I was given to work for Coach Bill Ward and Hoosac School. Being a part of building a new girls' ice hockey program and watching the program grow everyday has been a learning experience from the start. I'm excited to take the knowledge and tools from Hoosac School with me to the Kunlun Red Star Hockey Club. I could not be more prepared and excited for the journey that lies ahead if it were not for Hoosac School."

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An Era Draws to a Close

Francis Hale Whitcomb '41, known and loved by generations of the Hoosac community as "Fran", passed away on June 21, 2017. His tall frame and graceful demeanor was a welcome sight to us all as he came to campus over the years to serve as trustee, as speaker, and to attend Yule Log and reunions. A son of a Hoosac Headmaster, Fran began his affiliation with Hoosac in 1930 as a young boy and described Hoosac as "a very special place" - his home for eleven years. He remained dedicated to that special place and traveled many times from his home in northern Vermont to support the school.

He truly is an integral piece of Hoosac history, accounts of which he took time to write about: The First Asado Day, Discipline in the 1930s; The Gym Fire. An extraordinary man, this Hoosac gentleman of wonderful wit, humor, and warmth will be missed by so many of us.

You can read Fran's obituary here.

-Sherri Klein, Director of Health Services

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Georgievsky '18 Attends Pre-Med Summer Course at Brown University

Hoosac School's newest Senior Prefect Maxim Georgievsky '18 is currently taking a summer course called Principles of Human Physiology at Brown University. In this course he has covered the 11 major organ systems in depth while learning about the physiology of numerous types of human cells and how they interact with one another.

"We largely covered nuerons and how action potentials cause them to fire and create movement and release nuerochemicals. We learned about ways to diagnose and treat numerous diseases and disorders. Essentially this was like a college pre-medicine course" said Georgievsky '18.

Most recently, he dissected the brain of a sheep. Tomorrow, he will be conducting a presentation about the nuerochemical oxytocin! After his stint at Brown University, Georgievsky '18 will be heading to the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont to partake in their Pre-Medicine Academy which runs from July through August.

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