Athletics

Competition and camaraderie: two hallmarks of Thornton Academy 

Athletics are an integral part of the Thornton Academy experience. Our rich and storied history of athletic excellence is the result of more than 130 years of competition and camaraderie—and our athletic traditions run deep. Our athletic teams have won more than 50 state championships, but we value athletics as more than just a way to win trophies. Today we offer more than 50 teams at many different levels, and all students are encouraged to get fit and have fun by joining a team—whether they are new to a sport or a potential New England champion. Many of our coaches also serve as faculty, which allows them to teach and coach through a holistic lens. 

Fall Sports

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Cheerleading

Thornton Academy cheerleaders bring the spirit! Join the team in the fall or winter competitive seasons.

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Cross Country

Make friends and enjoy fresh air with the cross country team. Get in shape while running. Open to boys and girls.

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Field Hockey

Field Hockey is a fall sport open to girls at the upper school. Thornton Academy varsity hockey regularly competes among the top teams in Maine!

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Football

Thornton Academy's Golden Trojans are consistently one of the best football teams in New England.

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Golf

Fore! The golf team is open to boys and girls in the fall season. Improve your skills in this lifelong sport!

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Girls Soccer

Girls soccer  is one of the most popular sports at Thornton Academy.

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Boys Soccer

Get your kicks on one of our soccer teams!

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Volleyball

One of the newest sports on campus, girls volleyball is quickly growing in popularity. Find out why!

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Winter Sports

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Girls Basketball

Dribble, shoot, score - join the girls basketball team! 

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Boys Basketball

With consistently one of the best varsity teams in the state, our boys basketball program is open to all. 

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Winter Cheering

Winter cheering is competition season - join the fun! 

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Ice Hockey

Hear the roar of the crowd as the puck flies into the net. Thornton Academy offers ice hockey for boys and girls.

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Swimming & Diving

Thornton Academy's swimming and diving teams keep you in the water and get you on the podium.

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Indoor Track & Field

Thornton Academy offers indoor track & field for both boys & girls. 

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Spring Sports

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Baseball

A true classic. Baseball has existed at Thornton Academy since the 1890s. Join the tradition!

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Girls Lacrosse

Shoot and score! Girls lacrosse is one of our most popular spring sports. 

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Boys Lacrosse

With several recent championships, Thornton Academy boys lacrosse is a strong program.

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Softball

Hit a home run with Thornton Academy softball!  The Trojans compete regularly with Maine's best.

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Girls Tennis

Pick up your racket and hit the courts! Girls tennis is a fun way to improve your skills

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Boys Tennis

Serve your way to success! Thornton Academy has a strong boys tennis program. 

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Track and Field

Thornton Academy offers indoor and outdoor track for both boys and girls. Our track athletes regularly win championships.

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The Stats

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

56

CURRENT ALUMNI COMPETING IN COLLEGE

107

GAMES IN 2021-22

626

COUNTRIES REPRESENTED IN ATHLETICS

24

ATHLETIC TEAMS

52

Upcoming Athletic Events

Our Coaches

Craig Agreste

Titles: Wellness Teacher, Varsity Girls Lacrosse Coach, Residential Life Staff
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Kirk Agreste

Titles: Middle School Wellness Teacher, TAMS Cross Country & Track Head Coach, Cross Country Head Coach
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Kayla Arthers

Titles: JV Volleyball Coach

Peter Benham

Titles: JV Boys Soccer Coach, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Assistant Coach

Jeffrey Camire

Titles: School Counselor, Varsity Golf Coach, Varsity Girls Basketball Assistant Coach
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Andrew Carlson

Titles: History Teacher, Varsity Boys Soccer Coach
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Lexie Carter

Titles: Head Field Hockey Coach
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Jacqueline Cone

Titles: Math Teacher, Cheerleading Assistant Coach
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Ron Cote

Titles: History Teacher, Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Coach
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Jamie Gagnon

Titles: Varsity Ice Hockey Head Coach

Ryan Hersey

Titles: Middle School Science Teacher, Middle School Assistant Principal, Head Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach
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Corey Huot

Titles: Varsity Volleyball Head Coach

Kevin Kezal

Titles: Class Dean, Varsity Football Coach
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Chloe Lavigne

Titles: JV Cheerleading Coach

Olivia Libby

Titles: Boys Indoor Track Assistant Coach, Girls Outdoor Track Assistant Coach

Allison Mains

Titles: Special Education Teacher/Case Manager, First Team Girls Soccer Coach
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Eric Marston

Titles: History Teacher, Girls & Boys Cross Country Teams (head coach)
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George Mendros

Titles: Head Boys Outdoor Track Coach, Head Boys Indoor Track Coach
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Abigail More

Titles: School Counselor
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Jack Morrison

Titles: Freshman Football Coach

Mike Nelson

Titles: History Teacher, Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Residential Life Parent
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Greg Paradis

Titles: Class Dean, Freshman Football Coach, Dorm Head
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Dave Pasquarello

Titles: Educational Technician, JV Lacrosse Coach, TAMS Soccer Coach
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Josh Pulsifer

Titles: Arts Teacher
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Suzanne Rondeau

Titles: Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach
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David Sharland

Titles: History Teacher
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Natalie Sharland

Titles: History Teacher, Varsity Girls Soccer Coach
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Lori Smith

Titles: Arts Teacher
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Stephen Stinson

Titles: Alternative Education Teacher, JV Baseball Coach
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Nick Tabor

Titles: Assistant Head of Student Affairs
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Matthew Townsend

Titles: JV Golf Coach