BASKETBALL

Deerfield has a long tradition of attracting and nurturing student-athletes who bring energy, talent, and enthusiasm to both the classroom and the hardwood. Whether you are likely to begin on our freshman-sophomore or junior varsity levels—or jump right into varsity competition, Deerfield coaches will work hard to support your development as a player, competitor, and teammate.

Our team mottos are “Hard, Smart, Together,” ideals we have successfully used to earn a reputation as a gritty, resilient squad willing to go toe-to-toe with any teams in New England. We expect the highest standard of sportsmanship from our players and coaches, and promote a spirit of camaraderie and love of the game at every turn. At all levels, we focus on developing the fundamental skills of the individual player, but most importantly, we aim to develop a team driven by a unified sense of purpose. 

Where we Play

Located in the heart of our Athletics Complex, the Class of 1953 Gym (formerly East Gym) basketball court houses both our boys’ and girls’ varsity teams. And, the Hale Family Gym (formerly West Gym) is a big gymnasium housing two basketball courts. It is home to our boys’ thirds and fourths basketball teams.

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Who we Play

All teams play a similar game schedule against premier New England preparatory schools that include Loomis Chaffee, Choate, Taft, Andover, and Exeter. With a history that includes the New England Tournament, a selection of New England All-Stars our teams are dedicated to maintaining a high level of play.

On the varsity level, we play in the NEPSAC “A” League, which is highly competitive, and a good platform for exposure to college coaches and scouts. The varsity squad in any given year will include players who have moved up through the ranks of our program as well as two to four postgraduates.

Coaches

  1. Conrad Pitcher

    • Head Coach - (Boys): Varsity
  2. Julianne Schloat

    • Head Coach - (Girls): Varsity
  3. Sam Bicknell

    • Assistant Coach - (Boys): Varsity
  4. Ashani Petrizzi

    • Assistant Coach - (Girls): Varsity
  5. Darnel Barnes

    • Assistant Coach - (Boys): Junior Varsity
  6. Brian Hunt

    • Assistant Coach - (Girls): Thirds
  7. Erin Hutchinson

    • Assistant Coach - (Girls): Thirds
  8. David Payne

    • Assistant Coach - (Boys): Thirds
  9. Emma Romick

    • Assistant Coach - (Girls): Thirds

Frequently Asked Questions

Deerfield students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and try new experiences. If a student wishes to play a new sport, then he/she can participate in tryouts along with the other athletes, and will be placed according to their skill level. Most sports at Deerfield have multiple teams, so those new to a particular sport will usually have the opportunity to play at an appropriate level. Beginners should be sure to notify the coach if they require guidance in navigating a new sport.

Students are required to participate in a co-corricular each term. “Co-curriculars” do not necessarily have to be an interscholastic sport. Other options include community service, dance, theater, recreational sports, or even managing a sport. Additionally, students with talents in certain areas such as the arts may apply for a co-curricular exemption, in which they pursue their talent under the guidance of a Deerfield faculty member. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to participate in at least two terms of interscholastic athletics per year.

Varsity candidates will typically have preseason tryouts before school begins, and therefore should plan on arriving three or more days early. Coaches notify candidates during the summer if they should arrive early, and arrival dates are posted on the Deerfield Academy calendar.

Deerfield does provide laundry services for athletic clothing. Students should be aware that due to turnaround time they may want to have multiple sets of clothing to avoid any problems.

Each sport holds tryouts at the beginning of the season to determine appropriate placement for students trying out. Deerfield does its best to put all of its students in the position to succeed and grow as athletes, and these efforts are reflected in the composition of its teams.

All students, faculty, and staff can seek help from Deerfield’s skilled athletic training staff regardless of their involvement in Deerfield athletics.

Certain equipment, including game uniforms and practice clothing, is provided by the Athletic Stockroom. Some non-clothing items are also available for loan upon request, or available to purchase through the Athletic Store. Because each sport has varying equipment needs, students should be in touch with their coach or the stockroom staff when they arrive on campus. If students need to purchase athletic equipment or clothing not found in the Athletic Store or stockroom, they can usually find it at any one of several local retail stores.

Recreational sports are typically open to juniors and seniors as a co-curricular option, but some may allow underclassmen to participate with the coach’s permission.

The athletic facilities, including the gym, pool, tennis courts, and squash courts, are open to all students, faculty, and staff during their hours of operation. At the beginning of the year all students participate in an orientation that walks them through proper use of the fitness center, and all new students take a required swim test before they can use the pool. Hours for athletic facilities are posted online.

Contact Athletics

athletics@deerfield.edu
413-774-1430

Office West Gym
Mail PO Box 36
Deerfield, MA 01342