Meet the Coaches

Athletes at Saint Joseph Prep Boston are coached by experienced professionals, most of whom played their sport at the collegiate level. Meet the coaches who provide athletic expertise and mentoring to SJP student athletes. 

Coach Michele Becker

Cross Country Coach

 

 

Coach Becker has five years of experience as a coach. In her time coaching at SJP, the cross country team was in the CCL Championships in 2019, where nearly every runner beat their personal record. 

She ran varsity cross country from 7th-12th grade at Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, IL and also danced competitively for many years. During her college career at Boston College, Coach Becker was an active member of run clubs. 

Fun fact: Running has always been a huge part of Coach Becker's life. She ran her first 5K with her mom when she was 9 years old.

Why does Coach Becker love coaching at SJP? "I love coaching cross country because the team is so positive and hard working! Every week I get to watch each member of the team work to beat their personal records, persevere in the face of challenges, and cheer each other on with so much enthusiasm. A cross country race is an incredibly difficult, but rewarding feat, and I love helping the team become both physically and mentally stronger every day!"

Coach Kyle Callanan

Boy's Varsity Basketball Coach

Coach Callanan has five years of coaching experience and played basketball at the collegiate level for Armstrong University in Georgia, a D2 program. In his time coaching at SJP, he is most proud of seeing students get full scholarships to play basketball in college, like he did. 

At Mount Anthony Union High School, Coach Callanan was a four-year varsity basketball player, and the school's all-time leader in points and assists. 

Fun fact: He Played AAU basketball with Tobias Harris. 

Why does Coach Callanan love coaching at SJP? "I love coaching kids who love basketball. Helping kids get better and achieve their goals is a very rewarding thing."

Coach Shannon Carroll

Junior Varsity Volleyball Coach

 

 

Coach Carroll has four years' of coaching experience and played volleyball at the collegiate level for Emmanuel College.

At Massapequa High School in Long Island, Coach Carroll played volleyball and basketball and was the volleyball captain her during senior year. During her three years on varsity, her team won three Nassau County Championships and were two-time Long Island Champions. The program, as a whole, won the Nassau County Championship for 16 years in a row. She received coaches award for two consecutive years, and the senior athletics award granted to only one student per year. 

Fun fact: Coach Carroll has a twin brother who also played volleyball at Emmanuel College. 

Why does Coach Carroll love coaching at SJP? "The best part about coaching is seeing your players grow a love for the sport."

Coach Rob Dwyer

Boys' Hockey Coach

Coach Dwyer has over 25 years of experience as a coach. One of his biggest accomplishments as a coach is helping to form bonds and friendships with current and former players.

Fun fact: Coach Dwyer has been coaching since he was 21 years old.

Why does Coach Dwyer love coaching at SJP? "We at SJP have the greatest bunch of young men around. It’s not the wins, it’s the memories these guys will have of being together for the rest of their lives."

Coach Emily Ellison

Swim Coach

Coach Emily Ellison has seven years of coaching experience, four being with the SJP-Matignon co-op swim team. She swam and cheered at the collegiate level, and in high school swam, cheered, and ran track and cross country in high school. 

In her past four seasons with the SJP-Matignon swim co-op, she has coached the team to four winning seasons and being named leave MVP twice. Coach Ellison's team has produced at least one state and sectional event winner every year.

Fun fact: Her U.S. Club coach was Martin Zubero who held the 200M Backstroke World Record for almost eight years.

Why does Coach Emily love coaching at SJP? "I love coaching swim at SJP because of the enthusiasm and coach-ability of these swimmers. Swimming is very concrete in how you can measure improvement. The SJP swimmers typically do not have much prior competitive swimming experience so it is really fun and rewarding to watch their tremendous development each year."

Coach Marie-Claire Guidoux

Tennis Coach

Coach Guidoux has three years of coaching experience at SJP. She played soccer, field hockey and track in high school. 

Why does Coach Guidoux love coaching at SJP? "I love getting a chance to work with girls who I don’t teach, and it’s great getting to know these girls in a setting outside the classroom. The tennis groups is such a great group, I love being a part of this team."

Coach Charlie Gulledge

Baseball Coach

Coach Gulledge brings 40 years of experience to SJP. He has been coaching for 5 years at SJP. Previously, he played high school football at Waltham High.

Over the past five years, Coach Gulledge has guided our basetime team as far as winning the Division 4 Championship. 

Why does Coach Gulledge love coaching at SJP? "Always like working with and trying to develop them into playing at a high level."

Coach Tom Keady

Women's Hockey Coach

Coach Keady has 25years of experience as a hockey coach. He has introduced basic elements of the game to the SJP team, including a forecheck neutral zone and power play.

He played hockey and baseball in high school, and then played hockey at Quincy College and on the University of Massachusetts Boston club team.

Fun fact: When Coach Keady was a kid he used to flood one of the playing fields outside Harvard Stadium (with the help of a couple of Harvard custodians) to play hockey on weekends from early in the morning until it was too dark to see the puck.  

Why does Coach Keady love coaching at SJP? "After Twenty five years of coaching ice hockey  I still love the game and working with athletes. I enjoy watching their development and celebrating their accomplishments. SJP Women's ice hockey team has shown true grit and I'm so glad to be their coach."

Coach Alex Kingsley

Coach Kingsley has 10 years of experience as a coach. In his four years coaching at SJP, the basketball team appeared in their first post-season playoff in the school's history (2019-2020) and had back-to-back winning seasons (2019-2020, 2020-2021).

In high school, Coach Kingsley played basketball, baseball, football, and track. He was a point guard on the basketball court, earning all-conference honors as a varsity player in his junior and senior years. He attended University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Why does Coach Kingsely love coaching at SJP? "I love coaching basketball at SJP because of the student-athletes. I enjoy teaching and helping players develop their skills but also help them understand how to become better people through life lessons within the game."

Coach Taya Latham

Lacrosse Coach

Coach Latham brings 15 years of experience to SJP. She has been coaching for 6 years at SJP. She played ice hockey and lacrosse at Williams College.

Over the past six years, Coach Latham has guided our lacrosse time from zero wins our first season to commanding wins over league rivals in our most recent two seasons. In 2019, lacrosse held the league's leading goal scorer, a player from Lowell Catholic who scored roughly 130 points on the season, scoreless during an outstanding team victory.

Fun fact: Coach Latham won back-to-back ice hockey state championship in 2013 and 2014 while coaching with the Blake School in Minnesota. Coach Latham also coached two current members of the women's hockey national/olympic team roster.

Why does Coach Latham love coaching at SJP? "I love coaching lacrosse at SJP because I enjoy the combination of skilled players and athletes and beginners who choose to learn the sport with us each year. I have met some outstanding young woman and been fortunate to be part of their growth and development."

Coach Ed McDonald

Baseball Coach

Coach McDonald has 11 years of experience as a coach. Previously, Coach McDonald was the baseball captain at Assumption College.

Fun fact: Coach McDonald own a residential construction company, electrical company, and daycare in Arlington. 

Why does Coach McDonald love coaching at SJP? "I love seeing players mature and improve their craft year over year. It's great to see a player who works hard and puts in the time get rewarded in the end. They are all great kids and its a pleasure to coach them."

Coach Stephen McGovern

Girls' Varsity Softball Coach

Coach McGovern has 20 years of experience as a coach. Coach McGovern umpired baseball from the time he was 14 years old and at age 18, he was the youngest MIAA certified umpire in the State. 

Fun fact: Coach McGovern's first year a SJP was the first time baseball had 10 wins in a season and made it to the state championship.

Why does Coach McGovern love coaching at SJP? "I really enjoy the sport, teaching and mentoring youth to succeed in the sport also love."

Coach Ryan Quinlan

Boys' Varsity Soccer Coach

 

 

Coach Quinlan played both soccer and rugby at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In high school, he played soccer and basketball at BC High and was team captain and all-scholastic in soccer during his senior year. In Fall 2020, he led SJP's varsity boys' soccer team to a playoff game victory.

Fun fact: 20 years later, his picture is still on the wall of the gym at Mass Maritime.

Why does Coach Quinlan love coaching at SJP? "I love the game. I love watching players develop and succeed."

Coach Casey Sheehan

Varsity Volleyball Coach

 

 

Before becoming SJP's volleyball coach, Coach Sheehan coached volleyball at the collegiate level at Suffolk University.

Coach Sheehan played volleyball and softball at Emmanuel College. She captained both teams junior and senior year, and was a two-time GNAC All-Star in softball.

In high school, she played four years of varsity volleyball, basketball, and softball and was a TVL All-Star in all three sports. Coach Sheehan also captained 5 teams.

Fun fact: Coach Sheehan traveled with a program called "Beyond Sports" to South Africa to teach children how to play baseball and softball.

Why does Coach Sheehan love coaching at SJP? "Simple answer: the players!" 

Coach Damian Shiner

Girls' Varsity Soccer Coach

 

 

Coach Shiner is in his 10th year as varsity soccer coach at SJP. The team has qualified for MIAA state tournament each year and has advanced to the D4 North quarterfinals six times, the semifinals three times, and the finals once. Previously, he was coach for eight years at Trinity Catholic. 

At University of Notre Dame, Coach Shiner was the captain of the club soccer team where he won the championship two of his four years on the team.

In high school, Coach Shiner played played soccer for four seasons, basketball for one season, and bowling for three seasons and participated in Track & Field events. He was the soccer captain as a senior, and his team won the PIAA State Championship.

Fun fact: Coach Shiner is \trained in strength/conditioning coaching, specific to soccer, and was trained by a former NCAA National Championship player (Stanford, 2011) and former assistant coach at Boston College and Harvard University (women’s soccer team). 

Why does Coach Shiner love coaching at SJP? "As a life-long player and fan of soccer, I enjoy sharing my love of the sport with the players I coach. My dedication to these young athletes is based on the understanding that high school sports are a valuable outlet for students who seek excellence in a non-academic setting. I had good coaches in my own development and I model myself after the best traits they exhibited — with the intention of inspiring young players similarly."

Coach Christine Sullivan

Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach

Coach Sullivan ("Coach Sully") brings 24 years of coaching experience and collegiate-level play to SJP's girls' basketball program. The team's wining percentage has increased each year under her leadership.

Coach Sullivan was an outstanding student athlete at Bentley University, on both the varsity basketball and softball teams. The basketball team was consistently an NCAA tournament contender. She was the softball captain her senior season, before graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Computer Info Systems degree. 

In high school, she was a three-sport athlete at Dedham High School, playing field hockey, basketball, and softball. She was the basketball team's top scorer four years in a row, earned 11 varsity letters, and served as three sport captain her senior year.

Fun fact: Students coached by Coach Sullivan have gone on to play basketball at the collegiate level, including Camille Taylor, SJP 19', who currently plays at Wellesley College.

Why does Coach Sullivan love coaching at SJP? "At SJP, our focus is on the development of the complete student-athlete. We have a diverse community of students that help to create an enriching T.E.A.M. experience for all. With the central focus of basketball, we come together as one: to learn, compete, and win both on and off the courts."

Coach Thomas Tulp

Boys' Varsity Golf and Girls' Varsity Tennis Coach

 

 

Coach Tulp has four years of coaching experience and played varsity tennis in high school. During his time coaching, the SJP girls tennis team made it to the state tournament for the first time. 

Fun fact: Coach Tulp worked the LPGA tour as a volunteer for a few years, and had the opportunity to see great golfers like Lorena Ochoa play up close.

Why does Coach Tulp love coaching at SJP? "I love building a community of athletes with character. Players on the course, court, and field learn how to better communicate and work together. SJP does a great job building a community of compassion and care. This extends to the relationships between athletes."

Mr. Ryan Walsh

Athletic Director