Athletics

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 and Girls Soccer
  • Boys and Girls Lacrosse
  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Girls Field Hockey
  • Co-Ed Cross Country

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.

 
 

Our Coaches

Leslie Bowen - Cross Country

Leslie Bowen loves to run and does so daily. She ran track at Western Maryland College and competed in a marathon. Leslie has run numerous races around the state throughout the years including several half marathons. This is Coach Bowen's fourth year with the Cross Country Team.

Alex Gromacki - Field Hockey &

Girls Lacrosse

Alex Gromacki has been coaching lacrosse for one year for HDS, and this is her first year coaching field hockey. At John Carroll, Alex participated in soccer, lacrosse, and cross country and indoor track teams. A captain her senior year, Alex and her cross country teammates won the IAAM A championship title in 2013. Alex graduated from Dickinson College in 2018 and played for Dickinson's Women's Lacrosse for three years and was a member of their student athletic advisory council. She also coaches for Elite Lacrosse Club for their 2026 team. 

Paula Farrell

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.

Royce Jeffrey - Boys Soccer & Basketball

Royce Jeffrey played soccer in college at Virginia Tech and has previously coached soccer. Royce also played basketball in high school and has prior coaching experience. In their first year under his guidance, Royce's 5th grade basketball team won the championship. Royce states, "I believe in playing hard for your teammates, and taking time to teach the skill necessary to succeed individually and as a team."

Ellen Marr - Girls Soccer & Basketball

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 School, and played intramural soccer, basketball, and tennis at Elizabethtown College.

Rebecca Poole - Cross Country

This is Rebecca's first year assistance coaching for cross country. Rebecca has been long-distance running for the past three years. She has participated in many races around the Maryland area; including three half-marathons along with several 5 and 10 Ks. Her favorite race is the Charles Street 12. 

Sarah Westervelt - Girls Soccer,

Basketball & Lacrosse

Sarah Westervelt is a graduate of Susquehanna University where she was on the cross-country, basketball, and track teams.  Mrs. Westervelt played soccer through middle school and has enjoyed coaching many teams for her three children.  She is looking forward to her first season coaching soccer at HDS.  This will be her fourth year coaching basketball for HDS, and she is looking forward to another great year with her Lady Dragons.