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Boys' Basketball: Seth Eilberg

Seth Eilberg arrived at Hill in 2001 and immediately set out to rebuild a basketball program that had won just three games in each of the previous two years. After a nine-win season his first year, Hill has posted winning campaigns in 13 of the last 15 seasons, including MAPL league titles in 2008, 2011, and 2014, and an Independent School State Championship in 2014. In 3 of the 4 past seasons, Hill has amassed 20 or more wins, and reached at least the state semifinals. In 2006, Hill won the prestigious Mercer Holiday Invitational for the first time in 29 years, and repeated as champs in 2007 before winning it again in 2016. More than 50 of Eilberg’s players have gone on to successful college basketball careers at among others: Bentley, Bryant, Bucknell, Cornell, Davidson, Dominican, Hamilton, Hartford, Harvard, Lafayette, Loyola, UMBC, Navy, Princeton, Providence, Richmond, Rochester, Stonehill, Trinity University (Texas), Tufts, UC Irvine, Ursinus, VMI, Wesleyan and William and Mary among others. Several players also have gone on to play professionally in Europe. Prior to Hill, Coach Eilberg served as the assistant men's basketball coach for three years at Tufts University, where he also earned a Masters’ Degree in Education. In his time at Tufts, where he headed the recruiting, the Jumbos boasted three consecutive NESCAC "Rookie of the Year" winners and won an ECAC title. A four-year varsity player at Haverford College, Coach Eilberg cut his teeth as a head coach at the Millbrook School in New York, where he was the head coach for two seasons. In his second season, he led Millbrook to the New England Championship game. Eilberg lives on campus in Pine House with his wife, Donna, and their four children.
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Girls' Basketball: Jen Weissbach

Coach Weissbach was named head coach for the 2015-16 season.  Coach Weissbach was a four-year letter winner at West Essex Regional High School in North Caldwell, NJ. She graduated as just the third girl in program history to top 1,000 career points and is the school record holder for most three-point shots made in a season. During her senior season, Weissbach served as team captain and was named to the All-Essex County Second Team. Outside of school, Weissbach played for the New Jersey Crusaders AAU team.

Weissbach was a Division I field hockey player at Dartmouth, serving as team captain during her senior season. She additionally played four years of club basketball at Dartmouth, all while pursuing a neuroscience and pre-med major.
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Boys' Ice Hockey: Chris Bala '97

After spending five seasons as an assistant coach, Chris Bala took over as the head boys’ varsity ice hockey coach in the 2013-14 season. Bala spent two years at The Hill as a student, serving as President of the Sixth Form in 1996-97. After an outstanding career at The Hill, Bala went on to play at Harvard University, where he was a four-year member of the Crimson Men’s Hockey team. The Ottawa Senators drafted Bala in the second round of the 1998 NHL draft, and he made his professional debut in 2001-02 after graduating from Harvard. During his rookie season, Bala was an AHL all-star and earned a call-up to the Senators. He retired at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season, and returned to The Hill that fall as a member of the Admission Office. In addition to coaching at The Hill, Bala also has coached for the USA Hockey Mid-Atlantic District during the summer months.
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Girls' Ice Hockey: Ari Baum

Ari Baum arrived at The Hill in 2012 and took over as the head coach of the varsity girls' ice hockey team that winter. After graduating from Cornell University in 2007, he returned to his high school alma mater, The Gunnery in Washington, Conn., where he was an assistant coach with the perennial New England power varsity boys’ hockey team. He also served as the associate athletic director and coached in the girls’ tennis program. He recently earned his master’s degree from Columbia University’s Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership.  Coach Baum is The Hill's Dean of Students and a member of the history department, and he resides in Upper School Dormitory.
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Boys' and Girls' Squash: Chanel Erasmus

Having both played for and coached at national collegiate power Trinity College, Chanel Erasmus arrived at The Hill in 2017 with a wealth of experience. A native of South Africa, Coach Erasmus was a member of the South African National Squash Team as a junior player. She represented South Africa at the 2008 British Junior Squash Open and Scottish Open, and in 2009 Coach Erasmus was the country’s U-16 National Champion.

Coach Erasmus was a four-year starter at Trinity and appeared in the College Squash Association National Championship match three times, winning the CSA championship in 2014. She also rowed for the Bantams’ women’s crew team and won a Division III national championship in 2015. In the spring of her senior year at Trinity, Erasmus received the college’s Robert R. Bartlett Award for excellence in athletics and devotion to campus and community service.

After graduating from Trinity with a B.A. in Performing Arts, Coach Erasmus remained at the college to pursue a master’s degree. While completing her graduate work, she was a novice coach with the Trinity women’s crew team and a volunteer assistant with the women’s squash team.
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Swimming and Diving: Amy Agnew

Amy Agnew arrived at The Hill in the fall of 2016 as an Instructor of English and Head Swimming and Diving Coach. Coach Agnew is an established coach on the local swimming scene. She began coaching with the Pottstown YMCA team in 2005, and in 2014 she was one of several coaches to join the then-newly formed TOPS, an elite club program that utilizes The Hill as one of its practice facilities and has produced numerous collegiate swimmers. She was the first head coach in the history of Pottsgrove High School’s swimming program, and from 2007 – 2009 she was head coach of the North End Swim Club; ironically, former Hill head coach Jay Spencer, whom Agnew succeeded at The Hill, took over the North End Swim Club team from Agnew. Coach Agnew is a graduate of James Madison University, where she played water polo. She also earned her M.A. in English from George Mason University.
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Boys' Track and Field: Bill Yinger '95

Coach Yinger arrived at The Hill in 2001-02 and became the head track and field coach in 2002-03. At The Hill, Coach Yinger works specifically with the hurdlers and pole-vaulters on both the girls' and boys' teams. During larger hosted meets he acts as the Meet Director with the help of Coach John Dollhopf on the Finish Lynx System.  He also teaches chemistry and Environmental Science.

Before coming back to The Hill, Coach Yinger was a teacher of science and assistant coach of football and track at Trinity-Pawling School for two years. Coach Yinger attended The Hill from 1992-1995 during which he was a member of the varsity football and track and field teams. He captained the latter in his senior seasons, leaving the school with three individual and nine relay school records. He attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. where he was a four-year varsity letter winner, a captain his senior year, an All Patriot League Athlete in seven of his eight seasons, an eight time IC4A qualifier, an All East Pentathlete and Decathlete, and a school record holder in the Pentathlon and Decathlon.  
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Girls' Track and Field: Patrick Lake

Patrick Lake took over as the head girls' coach in 2011.  Coach Lake coaches the jumping and sprinting events for the boys' and girls' winter and spring track teams. At Boston University he was a four-year varsity-letter winner in track and field, competing in sprints, the long jump, and triple jump. During his college career he received the E. Ray Speare Award, given to "The Outstanding Male Student Athlete at B.U." and was also named a Division-1 Academic All-American. At Hill, Patrick teaches all levels of Greek and Latin. He earned his M.A. in classics at Fordham University in 2008, and in 2011 earned his Ph.D. in classics from Fordham. 
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Wrestling: Dave Hoffman '01

A 2001 Hill graduate, Dave Hoffman returned to The Hill as head wrestling coach in 2018. Arriving at The Hill in 1996, when the school still had eighth grade, Coach Hoffman became one of the most decorated wrestlers in program history throughout his five years in a Blues singlet. He finished his high school career with an overall record of 195 wins and just 17 losses, the most career wins in program history. Coach Hoffman was a five-time Pa. Independent School state champion, a five-time National Prep All-American, and a two-time National Prep champion. After graduating from The Hill, Coach Hoffman wrestled at Virginia Tech University, serving as a team captain for three years. He qualified for the NCAA Division I tournament all four years, earning All-American status as a senior. That year, he also won his weight class in the ACC tournament. For the 12 years between his Virginia Tech graduation and his arrival at The Hill, Coach Hoffman served as an assistant coach for three Division I college programs: Bucknell University, Virginia Tech University, and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
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