Soccer - Boys 2nd Team
Soccer - Boys 2nd Team
Each year, a player's experience is best measured by the bonds that are formed and the closeness of the team. This process of “team building” is a primary focus from the start of pre-season training through the final days in November. Raising the level of “teamness” is every bit as important as raising the level of play.
We have magnificent training and match facilities at Brooks. Each of the three teams in the program has their own pitch. Additionally, there are three back-to-back-to-back penalty areas as well as 40 X 60 yards of grids. All of the training equipment necessary for a rigorous daily program is available.
We believe that our training program is unparalleled in terms of player, team and personal development. Four days a week (in addition to the two match days) 90 to 120 minute training sessions are spirited, competitive and fun. Tactical, technical and fitness components are included daily. We prepare specific tactical plans for each upcoming opponent and evaluate each match thoroughly, with individual and team ratings.
We aspire to produce fundamentally sound players and teams. We believe in strong collective defending and creative play in the front third. Most importantly, we design training so that players learn to solve problems on the pitch, individually and collectively. The manifold success of our players at the college level and beyond is the best advertisement for our program. We firmly believe that Brooks represents one of the best combinations of a superior academic program and an elite soccer experience for our students.
After spending his first eight years at Brooks as Dean of Faculty, John Haile has returned to the classroom full-time. In addition to teaching English, he coaches the boys 2nd soccer team. Haile came to Brooks after 14 years at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, where he chaired the English department while serving as the school's academic dean and coaching the 3rd soccer team. Prior to WRA, he spent 11 years at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut in a similar capacity. He holds degrees from Bates College and the Bread Loaf School of English at MIddlebury, both in English. Haile and his wife Susan live in Hayden-Smith House and retreat in the summers to their lake cottage in Maine, where they enjoy sailing, reading and watching the birds. An avid sea-kayaker, hiker and cross-country skiier, he also enjoys iceboating on Lake Cochichewick when it freezes over. The Hailes have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Chris Barker joined Brooks School's coaching staff in 2019 in an official capacity, having previously served as a volunteer wrestling assistant at Brooks in 2017. HIs coaching experience includes many years as head wrestling coach at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School and Concord Academy, where he was twice recognized as the Eastern Independent League wrestling coach of the year at each school. In previous years, he also assisted with the North Andover Booster club youth wrestling program. He feels fortunate to have wrestled during his high school days for legendary coach Heb Evans at Governor's Academy and later for renowned coach John Clark at St. Lawrence University. When not coaching wrestling and soccer at Brooks, Barker teaches math at The Fenn School in Concord, Mass. As founder and owner of Barker Tutoring Services, he also provides one-on-one math tutoring and SAT prep support to students in North Andover, where he lives with his wife, Jill. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, hiking and kayaking.