Beyond the Field

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  • Athletic Training:

    Proper training is essential to the success and safety of our athletes. The Tatnall School is committed to teaching our sports participants proper training protocols. Our full-time, fully-certified athletic trainer works with each of our athletes prior to competition to ensure they are prepared to play. Additionally, the athletic trainer attends practices and games in case of injury.
    Each of Tatnall's coaches also promote proper training regimens, exercises and safety procedures, ensuring our student athletes are conditioned and fully capable of participating in interscholastic competition.
  • Physical Education and Athletics Philosophy:

    The Physical Education program is an integral part of the total education of the student. The Tatnall School strives to reach the broad goals of education through the development of the following skills: motor skills, knowledge and strategy, fitness and wellness, safety, participation, and attitudes and values. 

    A second component of our curriculum is accomplished through required participation in Tatnall's Athletic Program. As a result of their participation, Tatnall graduates will understand teamwork and proper conditioning, as well as their own physical strengths and abilities. Tatnall students can choose from a wide range of interscholastic sports, including traditional team-centered athletics and individually-focused lifelong sports. 

Important Athletic Forms:

Athletics Hall of Fame

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  • G. Samual Parsons '12, Cross-Country, Track & Field

    G. Samual Parsons '12, Cross-Country, Track & Field

    Sam Parsons is the most highly decorated professional athlete in Tatnall’s history. By his senior year at Tatnall, Sam had worked his way to the top echelon of the nation’s runners, earning 6 individual State Championships in four different events and setting 6 state records (4 individual and 2 relays). As of 2022, he still holds the 3200m state record at 9:00. He was named Gatorade Runner of the Year for Cross Country and Track & Field and qualified for the Nike Cross Country Championships in Oregon.

    Sam’s running career took off even further at North Carolina State, where he was named to the NCAA Southeast All-Region Team (4x), All-ACC Cross Country Team (3x),  All-ACC Academic Team (2x), and qualified for four NCAA Championships. He was an NCAA All-American in the 10,000m in 2017 and first-team All-ACC in the indoor and outdoor 5000m. Since graduation, Sam has enjoyed a very successful career as a professional running for Germany under the Adidas label. He is a German National Champion in the 3000m, a 3x World Championship Qualifier in the 5000m, a 2022 World Championship finalist in the 5000m, and a 2x finalist in the European Championship. He has released eight different collaborative shoe designs for Adidas and is the co-founder of the Tinman Elite Running Group. 

    On April 9, 2022, Sam became the first athlete to run a sub-4:00 mile in the state of Delaware during Tatnall’s Delaware Mile Challenge in front of his home crowd.
  • Haley Pierce, '12, Cross-Country, Track & Field

    Haley Pierce '12, Cross-Country, Track & Field

    Without debate, Haley is the most decorated Cross Country and Track and Field Athlete in Delaware High School history – male or female. She is a 6x All-American, a 3x Gatorade Runner of the Year, and an 18x First Team All-State athlete. She won 18 individual and 4 relay State Championships during her time at Tatnall and set a dizzying 13 State Records in the process. In 2011, she won the 3000m Championship at the prestigious Penn Relays and was named the Penn Relays Athlete of the Meet for her performance. She is a 2x National Champion as the anchor leg of the 4 x Mile Relay, placed 2nd at the 5000m indoor National Championship in 2012, and 2nd in the Nike Cross Country Nationals in Oregon in 2011. She is also the only runner in Nike Cross Country Nationals history to place in the top 10 in three consecutive years.

    After Tatnall, Haley matriculated to Georgetown University, where she earned All-BIG EAST honors and won gold in the 2015 1500m ECAC Outdoor Track Championships. She placed 3rd in the Big East 5000m in 2015, which qualified her for the NCAA championships, and her team finished 4th in the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
  • Jake Bergey '93, Men's Lacrosse

    Jake Bergey ‘93, Men’s Lacrosse

    Jake was a High School All American for Tatnall’s State Championship lacrosse team in 1993, before matriculating to Salisbury State University. He scored five goals in the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship game as a freshman in 1994, helping the team win its first-ever NCAA Division III national title. He followed it up with another stellar season in 1995, scoring 47 goals from the midfield to lead Salisbury to back-to-back Championships.  Jake was selected as a first-team All-American in 1995, 1996, and 1997. 

    Bergey joined the Philadelphia Wings in 1998, where he quickly became a fan favorite, wearing #66, the same number his father wore as a star linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. Jake was a member of both the 1998 & 2001 National Lacrosse League Champions Cup Wings teams. Bergey was an alternate captain for the Wings from 2001 to 2007 and was Captain for the 2004 season. At the end of the 2007 season, Bergey was the second leading scorer in Wings history.
  • Juliet Bottorff ‘09, Cross Country, Track & Field

    Juliet Bottorff ‘09, Cross Country, Track & Field

    Juliet is one of the most decorated runners in Delaware history.  During her time at Tatnall, she led the team to 7 state championships, helped set a national record in fastest Cross Country team total time, and accumulated the following accolades:
    • 5x All-American
    • 13x Individual State Champion
    • 9 Individual State Records in 7 different events
    • 12 Relay State Records in 6 different events
    • Delaware state Indoor and Outdoor Track MVP (2009)
    • Delaware state Cross Country MVP (2006, 2007, 2008)
    • Gatorade Athlete of the Year (Cross Country 2007, 2008; Outdoor Track 2009)
    After Tatnall, Juliet matriculated to Duke University where she earned a B.S. in neuroscience and Master of Management Studies (M.M.S).  She was a 2-year team captain in both Cross Country and Track & Field, a 9-time All-American, a 5-time individual ACC Champion, set the ACC record for indoor 5k and outdoor 10k, and won the 2011 NCAA Championship in the 10,000 meter. She was a 3-time ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year, 2-time ACC Performer of the Year, and was named to the 2010 Team USA World Junior Team.  In 2014, Juliet was Duke’s nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.

    After Duke, Juliet turned professional and was sponsored by Adidas and Boston Athletic Association from 2014 through 2016.  During this time, she earned 6 top-10 finishes in USA championship races, including a top-10 time in the country in the half marathon in 2015, which also qualified her for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
  • Jawan Carter ‘06, Basketball

    Jawan Carter ‘06, Basketball

    Jawan Carter is the most decorated basketball player in Tatnall’s history.  As a senior in 2005-06, Jawan averaged 29.4 ppg en route to a 22-4 record and Tatnall’s only ever State Championship title.  He became the first and only Max Preps All American from Delaware, as well as Delaware Player of the Year, Gatorade State Player of the Year, EA Sports All-American, All-State and a participant in the Capital Classic All Star senior game in Washington DC.  

    After Tatnall, Jawan matriculated to St. Joseph’s University to play for Fran Dunphy.  He became the first SJU freshman to start at point guard and was named to the 2007 Atlantic All Rookie Team.  Jawan eventually transferred to the University of Delaware, where he became the fastest player in university history to score 1,000 points and finished his career top-5 in scoring and top-15 in assists.  He is remembered as one of the greatest basketball players in program history.  

    After college, Jawan played four seasons of professional basketball overseas in Turkey, Poland, France, Sweden and Lithuania.  
  • J. Clifton “Clee” Edgar, Men’s Lacrosse

    J. Clifton “Clee” Edgar, Men’s Lacrosse

    “The Founding Father of Delaware Men’s Lacrosse,” Clee Edgar is one of the most decorated lacrosse coaches in Delaware history. A standout lacrosse player at the University of North Carolina, Clee developed a passion for growing the game, beginning with the program at Upland Country Day School which he founded in 1968. After teaching in Japan, Clee came to Tatnall in 1984 and began Tatnall’s storied lacrosse program in 1986.  

    Clee is widely credited for growing the sport of lacrosse inter scholastically, and his teams played for State Championships eight times between 1986 and 1998, often led by standout players who got their start at Upland in the program he created.  His teams won a total of four State Championship victories in 1989, 1990, 1993 and 1994.  Clee earned Delaware Coach of the Year honors in 1998 and was inducted to the Delaware Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2000. 

    Clee returned to Upland Country Day in 1996, where he started their Girls’ Ice Hockey Program and continued coaching lacrosse at the JV levels.  He continued his popular Future Stars Lacrosse Camp in the summers and devoted his lacrosse effort to teaching fundamentals and inspiring a love for the game. Many of Tatnall’s most decorated lacrosse players received their first lessons from Clee Edgar. Clee returned to Tatnall as an Assistant Coach in 2019 to inspire the next generation of lacrosse players with his love for the game.
  • Jim Krapf ‘69, Football, Wrestling

    Jim Krapf ‘69, Football, Wrestling

    Jim Krapf was a standout superstar for Tatnall’s football program before being recruited by Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. After an undefeated 1972 season, Jim was selected to the 'Kodak' 1972 All-America football team. Jim was voted 1971 "Delaware Athlete of the Year" and was later inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame.  He was drafted by the NFL Oakland Raiders and later played for British Columbia of the Canadian Football League (CFL).  While at Tatnall, Jim also won four national prep wrestling titles with a record of 103-0.
  • Meredith Lambert ‘02, Cross Country, Track & Field

    Meredith Lambert ‘02, Cross Country, Track & Field

    Meredith Lambert is one of the first runners under Coach Castagno to bring national attention to the Tatnall program.  She was a two-time state MVP in Cross Country, winning the Division II state title in 2000, the New Castle County Championships in 2000 and 2001, and setting records at several courses throughout the state, including Bellevue, Killens Pond, and Lums Pond, among others.  A soccer player through her junior year, Meredith switched to track for her senior year, claiming the 2002 Division II state titles in the 800m, 1600m, and 3,200m, followed by Meet of Champions Titles in the 1,600m and 3,200m.  During that same season, Meredith also set the state record in the 3,200m, running a time of 10:50.32 at the Twilight Relays.

    After Tatnall, Meredith matriculated to Princeton University, where she competed on the Women’s Varsity Cross Country and Track & Field teams.  At Princeton, she ran personal bests of 9:25 in the 3,000m, 16:19 in the 5000m, and 33:55 in the 10,000m.  She received All-Conference honors during her three seasons, qualified twice for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship meet in the 10,000m, won the 5,000m at the 2005 ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet, and finished in 61st place at the 2004 NCAA Cross Country National Championship meet. 

    After graduation from Princeton, Meredith went on to win the 2007 Eugene Marathon in 2:44:39, qualifying her to compete at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the Women’s Marathon.  Meredith also claims an 11th place finish at the 2010 Philadelphia Marathon, a 20th place finish at the 2012 Boston Marathon, and a 6th place finish at the 2014 Vermont City Marathon.
  • Margaret “Missy” Meharg ‘81, Field Hockey, Lacrosse

    Margaret “Missy” Meharg ‘81, Field Hockey, Lacrosse

    Missy was an outstanding field hockey and lacrosse player at Tatnall before matriculating to the University of Delaware. She was named “Outstanding Senior Female Athlete of the Year” in 1985 after four years of outstanding play in both sports. Her career totals in lacrosse are 227 goals, second all-time at Delaware, 58 assists (eighth) and 285 points (second). Meharg co-captained the 1984 team and was named ECC “Player of the Year” in field hockey (1983) and lacrosse (1984). 

    Missy played seven years with the U.S. National Field Hockey team before becoming Head Field Hockey Coach at the University of Maryland in 1988. Missy has built the Maryland program into a perennial powerhouse rich with winning tradition.  She has been voted National Coach of the Year an unprecedented nine times, in addition to winning eight National Championships and nine ACC Championships.  Missy returns to Tatnall often to run camps and clinics in the summers and several Tatnall graduates have gone on to play for her at Maryland.
  • Justin Perillo ‘09, Football, Basketball, Baseball

    Justin Perillo ‘09, Football, Basketball, Baseball

    Justin played three seasons as a Tight End in the NFL, signing with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in May of 2014.  He recorded his first reception against the San Diego Chargers on a 21-yard sideline catch from Aaron Rodgers, before a breakout game against the Detroit Lions in Week 10 of the 2015 season, catching 5 balls for 58 yards and his first touchdown.  Justin played two more seasons in the NFL for the Packers and Chicago Bears before retiring in 2017.  

    Justin was a standout player at the University of Maine, earning 1st Team All-CAA honors twice and 2nd Team All American honors as a senior.  

    As a Tatnall athlete, Justin was named the Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year for the State of Delaware in 2009 as well as the Delaware Player of the Year in Basketball. He received First Team All State honors in Football and Basketball and 2nd Team All State recognition in baseball.  As a junior, Justin also earned 3rd Team All State honors in football, basketball and baseball.  

    Justin returned to Tatnall in 2017 as a coach, advisor and fundraising professional, where he was instrumental in upgrading many of Tatnall’s athletic facilities.  


The Tatnall School

The Tatnall School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in PK3 through Grade 12 located in Wilmington, Delaware.