Linda Hathorn and Courtney Jackson are the new coaches of Loomis Chaffee's girls varsity soccer team, announced Director of Athletics Sue Cabot.
A former professional soccer player, Linda, who is head coach of the Pelicans, comes to the Island with more than 10 years of college soccer and club coaching experience. She has worked at Northern Arizona University, Regis University, Valparaiso University, University of Maine, and most recently, Iona College. She also has coached club soccer at Flagstaff Soccer Club, Westminster AFC, Seacoast United Blackbear, New York Soccer Club, and Farmington Soccer Academy.
Along with her experience in college and club soccer, Linda has coached internationally as a member of the Canadian U17 and U20 National Team staff. With the Canadian Soccer Association, she coached at the U17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010 and in Azerbaijan 2012 as well as at various Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football and international tournaments.
As a player, Linda was a four-year letter recipient and All-Conference selection at the University of Maine. She earned the America East Defensive Player of the Year award in 2002 and 2005 and was a finalist for the America East Woman of the Year award in 2006. In 2003, she competed with the Canadian Women's National team at the Pan American Games and the World Cup.
She brings energy, drive, and well-honed organization skills to Loomis and, in addition to coaching, serves as assistant director of the LC Summer Program and will be a member of Carter Hall's residential faculty.
Courtney joins the girls soccer program after several years of coaching and teaching at the Peddie School and at St. Paul's School. She played soccer at Lehigh University, where she earned her bachelor's degree. In addition to coaching soccer, Courtney will teach English, serve as assistant coach for the boys JV basketball team, and be a member Howe Hall's residential faculty.
Linda and Courtney will lead a team that won its second straight New England Prep School Athletic Conference Class A championship last fall, and they hope to continue that successful tradition.
"I am extremely honored and excited to be joining the Loomis Chaffee girls soccer program and the greater Loomis community. I look forward to continuing the long-standing culture of excellence within the program" Linda said.