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.
Mr. Bill Barton
Coach Michele Becker
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 Shannon Carroll
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 Ryan Quinlan
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
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
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 Thomas Tulp
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."