As in academics, Harford Day School is committed to excellence in athletics. In our Physical Education Program students build sports skills, learn about teamwork, and develop an appreciation for health and fitness. Beginning in fifth grade, students have an opportunity to play in interscholastic competition. Our offerings include boys soccer, girls soccer, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys basketball, girls basketball, and girls field hockey.
The philosophy for our teams can be summed up in the motto: "At Harford Day, everyone plays." There are no “cuts” from our teams. Competing against a variety of private, Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), schools from Baltimore and several schools from Harford County, students learn lessons of resiliency, perseverance, camaraderie, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Many Harford Day student athletes go on to compete in top high school programs at schools like Gilman, St. Paul’s, Calvert Hall, Bryn Mawr, Roland Park Country School, and McDonogh.
Our facilities include a full-size natural-grass game field, two practice fields, an air-conditioned field house and basketball court, and locker rooms.
Middle School Athletics
The emphasis in physical education is on teaching and developing sports skills. Sportsmanship and teamwork are stressed in a program in which everyone participates and plays in games. Students take physical education twice a week for an hour during the school day, and they have the option of participating on interscholastic teams.
Middle school student athletes participate in interscholastic competition in soccer. Teams practice during the school day and after school, at the discretion of the coaches. We are committed to developing the county’s top middle school sports programs in every sport.
Joe Banno graduated from Haverford College in 2012 where he was a four-year starter on the men's lacrosse team. As a goalie, Coach Banno was a three-time All-Centennial Conference player and a two-time All-American. Coach Banno played professionally in Major League Lacrosse (the MLL) where he lead the league in save percentage. He joined the Harford Day School community in September of 2013, where he now coaches boys soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.
Paula Farrell, Director of Athletics, played field hockey at Trenton State College. After graduating, she coached varsity track and field and field hockey at several high schools in New Jersey. She won various conference titles and was named to the Triton Regional High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Coaching at Harford Day for nearly 25 years, Coach Farrell has headed up fourteen undefeated teams and won ten tournament championships.
Lizzy Keeney played intercollegiate lacrosse at Messiah College for four years where she was an All-American and a Captain her Senior year. At Messiah, she won the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship in 2011 and was the Middle Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete in 2014. In high school, Coach Keeney played varsity lacrosse and field hockey at Dulaney High School and played club lacrosse for Towson Lacrosse Club.
Molly Kennedy played field hockey for seven years at the Bryn Mawr School, in Baltimore, MD. She received a Scholar-Athlete award in 2009, and in 2007 and was selected to play on Team Maryland. Coach Kennedy played Division III field hockey at Sewanee: The University of the South, where she started all four years, and was selected to the All-SCAC Academic Team in 2010.
Ellen Marr has been coaching at HDS for ten years, and is presently a girls' soccer and basketball coach. She has, in past years, co-coached the girls' soccer, field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse teams, and is a Double-Goal certified coach. Ellen played soccer, basketball, and softball at John Carroll High School, and played intramural soccer, basketball, and tennis at Elizabethtown College.
Lauren Paul played field hockey for Bel Air High School from 1999-2003. As the four-year starting goalie for the Bobcats, she was made captain and selected for both the Senior All-Star team and the All-County team. During the off-season, she played attack for the Arena Club indoor team. Lauren coached at Notre Dame Preparatory School for 7 years; 2 years as the Middle School A-team head coach, 2 years as the Junior Varsity head coach, and 3 years as the Varsity co-head coach. She also created and ran the NDP summer field hockey camp for the past 2 years. During the winters of 2008-2010, she coached for The Greene Turtle Indoor Club team and in 2009 her indoor team qualified and played at Nationals.
Curtis Way has over forty years coaching experience in a variety of sports. He has been a teacher, a coach, and an administrator in independent schools since 1979. He was athletic director at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Florida from 1986-1989 and Saint Paul’s School in Brooklandville, Maryland from 1989-1992. He is certified as a Mental Game Coaching Professional (MGCP) by Dr. Patrick Cohn, a nationally recognized sports psychologist and works with the boys soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams.