Director of Athletics/Boys' Basketball
Brigham Young University - B.A.
Dartmouth College - M.A.L.S.
More important to Coach Makechnie than the team's win percentage or championships is the character development of its members. The team has three priorities: the first is academic excellence, the second is excellence in citizenship, and the third is excellence on the court. Each year the majority of the team earns honor roll status. Each member of the team is encouraged to define himself more broadly than as a basketball player. The team is a tightly knit group that functions as a family in the true sense of the word.
Coach Makechnie was appointed to the faculty in 1997. He taught English and Spanish for five years, then served a six year stint in admission before transitioning to the role of Director of Athletics in 2009. His coaching duties include basketball, soccer, football and baseball. He and his wife, Amy, have four children: Cope (12), Nelson (10), Brynne (7), and Paige (4).
Sports Information Director
Gordon College - B.A.
Michigan State University - M.A.
Scott began teaching and coaching at Proctor Academy in 2006. A four year college basketball player and an all-state high school soccer player, Scott possesses a passion to use athletics to further the education of Proctor's students. In his roles as Varsity Boys' Soccer coach and Assistant Varsity Boys' Basketball coach, Scott's emphasis on building character, teamwork, and responsibility to self and group has proven successful.
Scott earned his BA from Gordon College and his MA in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, he teaches in the Social Science Department, serves as the Athletic and Academic Information Coordinator, conducts leadership training with team captains, and serves as a dorm surrogate. He lives in Andover with his wife, Lindsey, and their two sons.
Head Athletic Trainer
Castleton State College - B.S.
University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse - M.S.
MS- University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; BS- Castleton State College; NATABOC certified athletic trainer; NH licensed athletic trainer; previous work at Phillips Exeter Academy, Holmen High School (WI), and Cheshire Academy; wife: Jen, and daughter: Delaney.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
SUNY, Buffalo - B.S., M.S.
After playing competitive softball around the country and earning various athletic awards and titles, Kelly continued to follow her sports passion into a career as an Athletic Trainer. She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo and graduated with high honors distinction, earning her masters degree in Exercise Science. She has worked with the Niagara Falls High School Football program as well as the Trinity Pawling Hockey and Lacrosse teams, before beginning her professional career here at Proctor Academy.
Assistant Equipment Manager/Dorm Surrogate
Colby Sawyer College - B.S.
Assistant to Athletic Director
University of Southern Maine - B.S.
Simmons College - M.S.
William Smith - B.S.
Hobart and William Smith - M.A.T.
Lindsay is a newcomer to the official coaching world, but not the Hornet's program. As an alum of Proctor Academy, Lindsay played soccer, basketball, and softball. Over the years, she has volunteered time helping community soccer and basketball programs. Lindsay is looking to pursue a coaching career that gives back all the wisdon and encouragement she received while at Proctor Academy. Lindsay's coaching philosophy is PLAY HARD, PLAY FULL, PLAY FUN!
Dean of Students/Cycling
University of Colorado, Boulder - B.A.
Andrew Donaldson has been living and working at Proctor since 2000. He is the Assistant Dean of Students and teaches in the Learning Skills department.
Andrew currently holds a USCF category one racing license. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and he is a four time Collegiate National Champion cyclist.
Senior Associate Director of Admission/Director of Financial Aid/Girls' Hockey
Colby College - B.A.
University of New Hampshire - M.P.A.
Christina Dotchin enters her sixth season as Head Coach for the Girls' Varsity Ice Hockey Team. She holds a Masters Level Coaching Certification with USA Hockey. Christina attended the Andrews Hockey Coaches Conference in Prince Edward Island, Canada in the summer of 2007, as well as USA Hockey’s National Hockey Symposium in the summer of 2006. Christina was selected to serve as head coach for the New Hampshire All-Star Team at the 2007 Make-A-Wish Hockey Classic, held at the University of Vermont. She was also selected to be head coach of the Northeast Team at the 2007 Hockey Night in Boston.
A former four-year player at Colby College, where she majored in English with a minor in Education, Christina served as team Captain in her junior and senior years. Before attending Colby, Christina played for the North American Hockey Academy and Vermont Select Teams.
Teamwork, skill development and the basics are the focus of every season. She coaches using a “big team, little me” philosophy, with the idea that each player learns to put the team first. This is a team that buys into the value of hard work and individual sacrifice for the common good of the team. If you are interested in attending Proctor Academy and playing hockey, please e-mail Christina at email@example.com or call 603-735-6383.
Science Department/Boys' Scocer
Hobart and William-Smith Colleges - B.S.
Ian has played and coached soccer at the secondary school level for five years. Since coming to Proctor in 2002, he has been the Varsity Boys' Soccer Coach.
Student Activities/Ski Jumping
Plymouth State University - B.A.
Originally from Concord, NH, Dave studied Applied Community Health at Plymouth State University. Dave joined Proctor's Learning Skills Department in 2001 and currently teaches Learning Skills and Learning Lab while coaching Ski Jumping and Field & Stream. His hobbies and interests include: archery and hunting. Dave lives in Burbank West Dorm.
Social Science Department/Field Hockey
Northwestern University - B.S.
Columbia University - M.A.
Originally from Weston, MA, Lynne Kenney studied History and Film and Television at Northwestern University before earning a MA in Educational Leadership at Columbia University. Lynne joined Proctor's History Department in 2006 and currently teaches World History, Leadership and Ethics, Social Activism, American Indians in History and Human Behavior and the Holocaust while coaching Varsity Field Hockey. Her hobbies and interests include: reading, photography and sailing. Lynne lives in Burbank West Dorm.
Having spent literally thousands of days riding, traveling, hiking, building, competing, coaching, or working in some other capacity within the snowboard world, Jon has learned the incredible value derived from aspects of the sport and culture.
Appointed by Proctor as an Assistant Snowboard Coach in 2003, as Head Snowboard Coach in 2007, and now serving as Snowboard Program Director, Jon looks forward to using the snowboard experience to help student athletes to become more confident, resourceful, and productive members of their community.
English and Social Science Departments/Girls' Tennis
James Madison University - B.A.
Melanie Maness appreciates the global appeal of athletics. Raised in Europe as an Army dependent, Melanie bonded with her Dutch and German neighbors on the soccer field, basketball court, and tennis clay. This summer, Melanie attended the women's World Cup tournament in Germany. From her travels, she brings back to Proctor fresh perspective and international experience.
Social Science Department/Boys' Tennis
Montana State College - B.A.
Plymouth State University - M.A.
I am a lifelong player and tennis coach. Growing up on Cape Cod, I played for Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and taught at area clubs in Dennis and Yarmouth. I played varsity tennis for Bowdoin College and taught tennis again on the Cape and in New Hampshire after college. In the 2008-2009 school year, I will be returning as the coach of the boy’s varsity tennis team for my tenth consecutive year. The highlight of my competitive coaching experience came during the spring of 2004, when the boy’s team finished a perfect 14-0 season!
Girls' Basketball & Lacrosse
Bates College - B.S.
Liz graduated from Kimball Union Academy in 2001, where she played varsity soccer, basketball and lacrosse. After graduating from KUA, she went on to Bates College where she played four years of varsity Lacrosse, three as the starting goalie for the Bobcats, and was captain her senior year. At Bates she majored in Biology and minored in Education. After graduating in 2005, she began teaching and coaching at Hillsboro-Deering High School. She has spent the past six years teaching Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Zoology-Botany, and as the head coach of the girls' basketball program. In those six years they went from being in the bottom of the state to the top, including an undefeated regular season in 2008-09, and she was twice named Coach of the Year for Class M in the state of New Hampshire. Prior to coaching basketball for Hillsboro, she spent a year coaching the varsity lacrosse team in Lewiston, Maine, where they won their division for the first time in school history.
Dean of Faculty/Girls' Soccer
Colby College - B.A.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, - M.S.
Karl Methven had several head coaching assignments at Proctor, including Varsity Girls' Lacrosse, JV Girls' Tennis, Boys' Varsity and Boys' JV Hockey, and 13 as Head Boys' Soccer Coach, before joining the Varsity Girls' Soccer team in 2002. For many years Methven was Proctor's Director of Athletics; he served two years as the president of the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) at a time when the current NEPSAC tournament structure developed.
With a Master's degree in Sport Management from UMass/Amherst, and national level certification from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Methven has spent a career learning about the psychology and sociology of sport. Proctor Soccer emphasizes the technical and tactical development of each player, and the importance of selfless dedication to the team.
Math & Science Departments/Nordic Skiing
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - B.S., M.S.
University of Colorado School of Law - J.D.
Buz Morison was appointed to the Proctor faculty in 2009, serving as Head Nordic Coach and Rock Climbing Instructor. Buz has over 25 years coaching experience in skiing and other sports including cross-country running and cycling. He thrives on bringing newcomers into sport and helping them discover the joy of skiing and a passion for improvement. A number of his former athletes have garnered spots on junior national, national, and olympic teams.
Buz is committed to the growth of each athlete, and works with skiers on an individual basis year round to insure their best chance at reaching their potential. An experienced climber and mountaineer, Buz has spent many years on the rock, primarily in Colorado and New Hampshire. Buz teaches in the science department and lives on campus with his wife and two daughters.
Math & Science Department/Mountain Biking
University of New Hampshire - B.S.
Originally from Andover, NH, Josh studied Mechanical Engineering, Differential Equations, Mechanical Design, and Systems Analysis at the University of New Hampshire. Josh joined Proctor's Mathematics/Science Departments in 2003 and currently teaches Calculus, Precalculus and Physics while coaching Mountain Biking, and Varsity Skiing. His hobbies and interests include: mountain biking, skiing, and hiking. Josh lives in Summerfield Dorm.
Learning Specialist/College Counselor/Boys' Lacrosse
Quinnipiac University - B.A.
New England College - M.Ed.
Tucker hails from Andover, MA and is joining us this year after a wide range of educational opportunities. His connections to Proctor run deep as his siblings, Tyler ('01) Molly, ('08) and Morgan ('11) are all Proctor graduates.
Tucker attended Quinnipiac University earning a B.A. in Communications in 2007 after graduation from Tabor Academy in 2003. Following college, Tucker spent a year abroad in Manchester, UK where he discovered his passion for teaching and coaching. It was this experience that gave him the drive to jump back into the classroom himself. For two years, Tucker was a graduate assistant for the New England College lacrosse team while he earned his M.Ed. in 2010. During this time, Tucker also spent significant time working as a substitute teacher in the Andover, MA and Henniker, NH public school systems. In both school districts, he was able to teach a wide range of age levels and subjects.
Upon completion of his Masters, Tucker took a position at Bridgton Academy teaching English and history while also serving as an advisor, dorm parent, college counselor, and assistant lacrosse coach. This experience has been foundational to his development as the school emphasized learning skills and strategies within the curriculum.
Tucker lives in Mary Lowell Stone House and serves as the boys' varsity lacrosse and JV boys' hockey coach, and is also a college counselor to post-graduate students.
Social Science Department/Football
John Carroll University - B.A.
Ben is entering his fifth year as a football coach at Proctor, and it will be his third as the head coach. In just five years, Ben has coached two Evergreen League M.V.P., two Evergreen League Lineman of the Year, and five players that have been offered Division 1 scholarships. Ben joined the faculty in 2007 as a member of the Social Studies department, a dorm parent, and has coached football, basketball, and baseball, as well as being an instructor for the Mountain Classroom program. Ben played football, baseball, and wrestled at Carroll High School, in Dayton, Ohio, and was an All-Ohio selection in football his senior year. He holds several records at the school as a punter and place-kicker. In baseball, he still holds the 5th highest single season batting average in school history. He was a key member of the football program’s first ever playoff appearance and first playoff win. At the age of 18 Ben was published in Gridiron Strategies, a national coaching magazine, where he wrote an article detailing the Inside and Outside Veer. Ben attended and graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was an offensive lineman all four years of college. He capped his college career as an All Ohio Athletic Conference selection at center.
Lehigh University - B.A.
Originally from South Sutton, NH, David studied Political Science at Lehigh University. David joined Proctor in 1998, coaching soccer, Eastern skiing, and cycling. His hobbies and interests include: windsurfing, skiing and boating. David lives in Peabody House.
Trinity College - B.A.
Baseball is a sport that has withstood the test of time. It remains America’s pastime because it is not only a game of speed, stamina, coordination, and strength, but also one of intellect, intuition, and mental toughness. Walt Whitman saw baseball’s virtues even in its stages of infancy when he said, “It's our game - the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.”
Baseball has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Over the past 20 years I have competed on many different levels and have been a part of many championship teams. I carry the love of the game I had as a player with me today, as coach, and aspire to pass it on to those I teach. In addition to coaching baseball, I’m also the JV basketball coach, I teach English, and run Burbank East dormitory with my wife.
Science Department/Boys' Hockey & Golf
Colgate University - B.A.
Mike Walsh is currently the head coach at Proctor Academy in Andover, NH. Coach Walsh is in his 16th year as a coach in the prep school circuit. He spent his first eight years at Tilton School and left as the only coach ever to win three consecutive New England titles. In his first at Proctor, he transformed a team that was under .500 at Christmas into his fourth, and Proctor's first, New England title.
Coach Walsh was a standout at St. Sebastian's in the late '70's and then played four years at Colgate University. After college, he played eight years of professional hockey, including three seasons in Europe and five in the AHL and NHL. Coach Walsh's success has been driven by players committing to the concept of team, and dedicating themselves to getting better each day. The results can be seen not only in the accomplishments of his teams, but also in the numerous players going on to play at the college level.
World Language Department Chair/Cross Country
St. Michael's College - B.A.
Wesleyan University - M.A.L.S.
Running is about reaching an individual’s potential. No matter how slow or fast that is, every athlete’s philosophy should be, as Steve Prefontaine put it, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
I’ve been a runner for many years. Over the past 20 years, I’ve competed at distances from 400 meters up to the marathon. I enjoy running for the health benefits, for conditioning, and for the competition.
I've coached two runners to be New England Champions in Cross Country and several others in Track & Field. Most years I've had runners on the All League and All New England Teams. Recently, runners that I've coached have gone on to run at Bates, University of New Mexico, and Northwestern. In addition to coaching, I teach Spanish.