Hill School Director of Athletics Seth Eilberg recently announced that Elena Dauphinais, an assistant girls’ soccer coach at Hill for the past four seasons, has been named the team’s new head coach. Dauphinais replaces Tim Leyland, an adjunct coach who is unable to continue devoting the time necessary to lead the program due to the time commitment required by his new job.
“Throughout her four years as an assistant coach in the program, Coach Dauphinais has demonstrated a passion for the game that is quickly evident to anyone who watches her during a practice or a match,” said Hill Director of Athletics Seth Eilberg. “She knows the school and the program well, and already has established relationships with team members which will allow her to seamlessly continue Hill Girls’ Soccer’s forward momentum.”
Dauphinais is looking forward to the opportunity to take charge of a program with which she is well-established.
“This is a program for which I care deeply,” Dauphinais said. “Having spent the past four years with this group, I can know we are a team filled with resilient players who are ready to take things to the next level. In addition to continuing to work with our returners, I am also excited to see our new players add depth and energy to our program both on-and-off of the field.”
Growing up in Chester, N.H., Dauphinais played club soccer for Seacoast United and she earned All-State honors during her senior year of high school at Pinkerton Academy. She continued her career at St. Lawrence University and was a member of the university’s women’s soccer team for two seasons before injuries forced her to stop playing. Undeterred, she remained with the program as a Player Assistant Coach, which became her introduction to the coaching world. For her devotion to the program, Dauphinais was a recipient of the team’s Coaches Award.
After she graduated from St. Lawrence, Dauphinais spent the two seasons prior to her arrival at The Hill as an Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Utica College. During this time, she also coached in the Syracuse Development Academy youth program in Utica, working with players as young as four years old up to the 13U age group.
Since 2006, Dauphinais has been a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Referee, and she currently is a Grade 7 USSF Referee. When she is not coaching, Dauphinais officiates several matches per-week for competitions up to 19U and she annually attends recertification clinics.
In 2017, Dauphinais arrived at The Hill as an Instructor of World Languages, teaching Spanish. She has been an assistant varsity girls’ soccer coach since her arrival and in the spring she is an assistant track and field coach.