Head Coach Alisa Croft came to The Gunnery in 2000 from the University of Connecticut. Since joining The Gunnery, she has been working to improve the quality of the Girls’ Soccer Program, focusing not just on individual skills, but on team sportsmanship. “Sportsmanship is KEY!”, says Coach Croft, “We work hard to improve our skills, work on physical fitness and sportsmanship.” Her efforts were acknowledged in 2003 and 2009 when the team was honored with the Team Sportsmanship Award, given by the Connecticut Referees Association. Most years the team has also been successful in earning a post-season bid for the NEPSAC Class "C" Division play-offs. Teamwork, self-discipline, and perseverance are emphasized on the playing field and are skills that each student-athlete can apply to the classroom setting.
The team starts each season with a very tough schedule ahead of them. Opponents typically include Ethel Walker’s, Canterbury, Westover, Millbrook, Hotchkiss, Kent, Hopkins, Chase and Cheshire.
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A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Alisa Croft took over as the head coach of the girls' soccer program in the fall of 2001, after one year as an assistant. Fourteen years as head coach at The Gunnery has been a very rewarding experience for Coach Croft, as each team has a special quality that make the girls fun to work with! In 2003 and 2009, the team was given the sportsmanship award, as voted on by state officials. Coach Croft also led the Highlanders to the Western New England Class "C' play-offs in 2006, 2010 and 2011. In addition to coaching soccer, Coach Croft is an assistant coach for the varsity softball team.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.