Soccer - Girls 3rd Team
Soccer - Girls 3rd Team
Brooks is very proud of its girls soccer program, offering three levels of play for those girls interested in soccer. Each team has its own field on which to practice and play games. All three teams compete against other independent schools. All girls interested in playing on a team have that opportunity.
The three teams play between 10 and 17 games each fall. The girls 1st soccer team has established itself as one of the top teams in New England. The girls compete in the Independent School league and were Class A champions in 2012 and ISL champions in 2013.
In addition, student athletes are fortunate to have access to the exceptional on-campus athletic facilities at Brooks. Athletes at all levels have the opportunity to use the fully equipped weight room to improve strength and conditioning, and a fully-staffed training room is available to treat injuries big and small.
After attending Brooks as a student, Jenelle returned to campus in 2003 and is now an associate director of admission. While Jenelle has always had a foot in the admission office, she also has taught English, Journalism, and has been a Form Dean in the Deans Office. Jenelle earned a B.A. from Holy Cross, where she served as the captain of the girls hockey team, and an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts. After coaching varsity ice hockey and softball for many years, Jenelle now coaches the mighty 3rds soccer team. Jenelle has resided in a dorm in a dorm the duration of her time here and currently lives in PBA Hall with her husband, Dave, who coaches the varsity boys ice hockey team, along with their children, Ellie, Little Dave, and Lucy. The Ries family enjoys retreating to their home in southern Maine when they have rare moments of free time.
Elena Mandzhukova joined the science department faculty in 2018. Previously, she spent three years teaching science at Kents Hill School in Maine, where she also served as co-director of the International Student Program, coached boys varsity tennis and headed a dormitory. Mandzhukova graduated in 2015 from Bates College, where she double majored in bio-chemistry and Russian studies and literature. At Bates, she was a member of the tennis team, playing predominantly in the number-one singles and doubles position for four years, and earned an NCAA Tournament berth in doubles in 2012, the first national tournament appearance in the history of Bates women's tennis. Born in Bulgaria and raised in Portugal, Mandzhukova has an extensive background in tennis on an international level, as well. At Brooks she coaches girls 1st tennis, girls 3rd soccer and resides in Merriman House.