Alumni Athletes Work with Pelican Teams


Michelle Fickett '19 sending a ball downfield on a goal kick attempt

This year, several recent graduates of the school have come back to campus to work as assistant coaches in the athletic department, in some cases with the very same teams they played on at Loomis. The return of several alumni to campus this winter and spring is just one of the many great things that have come from the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cam Morosky ’18 and Tylon Crump ’18 are both working with the baseball team this spring as volunteer assistant coaches. Morosky, a member of the baseball team at Hamilton College, and Crump, a member of the football and baseball teams at Amherst College, are working with players on the field at practices and games but are also using their college experience to help members of the baseball team prepare and understand what it takes to play at the next level. Crump and Morosky won two Founders League championships with the baseball team while at Loomis Chaffee.

Aidan Murphy ’18 served as the volunteer JV assistant boys ice hockey coach this winter. Murphy was a four-year member of the JV hockey team at Loomis as well as a varsity lacrosse player. Aidan worked with the forwards on the JV ice hockey squad and was even able to strap on the pads for a couple of practices and compete with the boys during practice.

Michelle Fickett ’19 has been working with the softball team this spring as an assistant coach. While at Loomis, Fickett was a member of the 2017 and 2018 Founders League and New England Class A championship soccer teams. She assists softball head coach Betsy Conger and assistant coach Hannah Insuik.

Ryan Durkin ’18 has been working with the water polo and track and field teams this year. Durkin, who holds the Loomis Chaffee pole vault record and the Bowdoin College pole vault record, was a captain of the 2018 New England Class A championship boys track and field team and helped the boys water polo team reach the “Liquid Four” for two straight years.

In addition to these alumni, intern C.J. Redd, who graduated from Tabor Academy and plays basketball for Trinity College, spent the winter helping Loomis boys varsity basketball head coach Rock Battistoni and the boys basketball team.

“It’s been awesome to be able to come back and help out with the programs that have made such a big impact on my life. This has been another opportunity for me to revisit where I discovered my passion for pole vaulting and competing in general, and to be able to work with kids and help them do that is well is an incredible feeling,” said Durkin.