Hockey has been at the core of Deerfield’s culture since the program’s inaugural season in 1922. The rich history included numerous New England Championships, the most recent coming in 2003 for the boys program in 2001 for the girls program.

Both the boys and girls varsity hockey teams compete in the Housatonic West League, each playing a 25-game schedule that consistently ranks among the toughest schedules in New England.

Every December, both the boys and girls varsity hockey teams participate in their respective holiday tournaments. The boys varsity hockey team travels to Boston for the Flood-Marr Holiday Tournament. Deerfield won the 2016 Flood-Marr Tournament, defeating Nobles, KUA, and Milton in route to the Championship. The girls varsity hockey team competes in the Edward G. Watkins Tournament hosted by Cushing Academy. Deerfield won the Watkins Tournament in 2018, defeating the host team Cushing Academy, 1-0 in the championship game.

Playing hockey at Deerfield is a truly unique experience. A typical week consists of four practices (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) with games on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The hockey program’s strong tradition and continued success combines to create an atmosphere that is second to none in the world of prep school athletics.

Athletes of the Week

Congratulations to this week’s Athletes of the Week! Girls Varsity Basketball: Nina Tanaka ‘21 Our final athlete of the week is Nina Tanaka.  She has

Date / Time Team Opponent Location Result/Status
Date / Time:
November 14, 2020 - 1:00 pm
Green & White
Date / Time:
November 11, 2020 - 5:00 pm
Green & White

Where we Play

Deerfield just finished constructing a new state-of-the-art facility that opened in the fall of 2018. The new facility includes multiple film rooms, a dedicated shooting and goalie training space, as well as redesigned and expanded coaches’ and players’ locker rooms. Our boys’ and girls’ varsity and junior varsity hockey teams compete in the brand new, Class of 1993 Ice Rink. Imbedded in cement just below the rink’s surface lie nine miles of plastic piping that circulate 1,000 gallons of ethylene antifreeze to maintain a constant ice temperature of 17 degrees Fahrenheit

College Bound

Over the last eight years, more than thirty Deerfield players have gone on to play hockey at the college level, the majority playing for Ivy League and NESCAC programs.

Noteworthy Alumni

Ben Lovejoy ’03  (New Jersey Devils) recently retired
Alex Killorn ’08  (Tampa Bay Lightning) currently plays in the NHL



  1. Brooke Fernandez

    • Head Coach - (Girls): Varsity
  2. Tim McVaugh

    • Head Coach - (Boys): Varsity
  3. Toby Emerson

    • Assistant Coach - (Girls): Varsity
    • Drew Philie

      • Assistant Coach - (Boys): Varsity
    • Genevieve Pitt

      • Assistant Coach - (Girls): Varsity
    • Robertson Howe

      • Assistant Coach - (Boys): Junior Varsity
    • Sean Keller

      • Assistant Coach - (Girls): Junior Varsity
    • Joseph Lyons

      • Assistant Coach - (Boys): Junior Varsity
    • Brian Persons

      • Assistant Coach - (Girls): Junior Varsity

    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

    Office West Gym
    Mail PO Box 36
    Deerfield, MA 01342