Student News

College Advising Personnel Update

Mark Spencer – September 6, 2016

We are pleased to announce that starting with the 2016-2017 academic year the college advising office will add an additional advisor. That search yielded a phenomenal find in Melanie Onufrieff, who will also be the Head Coach for Girls’ Rowing.

A native of Berkeley, California, Melanie Onufrieff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biology. While at Penn, she discovered rowing and began a 25- year involvement in the sport. She began her collegiate coaching career in rowing at Rutgers and Princeton, then she spent thirteen years as the head women’s rowing coach at Cornell and Columbia, along the way earning multiple EAWRC medals, national rankings, and NCAA Championship appearances. Next she joined the coaching staff at Clemson, where she served both as coach and recruiting coordinator. Most recently, Melanie coached high school athletes at the Asheville (NC) Youth Rowing and the Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. Melanie has already begun her work at Deerfield and will manage the Post-Graduates in her first year for the College Advising Office.

After two great years with College Advising, Spencer Washburn has decided to turn his attentions and talent to the Admissions office. His transition will be gradual; he will remain 100% in College Advising through the fall term. Starting in the winter term, Spencer will move to admissions, but he will continue to work with all of his current college advisees until the very end of the school year. Therefore, no student will need to switch advisors due to this transition. Although we are sad to be losing such a great colleague on our team, we know Spencer will bring his undying commitment to students to the admissions office and the cross training expertise he will gain in both offices will be of immense value to Deerfield.

To replace Spencer after the fall term, Deerfield was lucky to hire Steve August. Steve will be working for DA in Admissions this fall and will begin working fully with College Advising when we do our junior class assignments in mid-November. Steve earned his B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, and a Masters from Harvard University and began his career in the early 80’s teaching English and serving as a coach in independent schools until 1985. After a brief five year stint working at Hill, Holliday Advertising in Boston, Steve found his true calling in baseball. He served the Boston Red Sox as Traveling Secretary from 1990 to 1995 and as Assistant General Manager through 1998. Shortly after he ended his tenure with the Red Sox, Steve founded the New England Baseball Club, (The Ruffnecks). The Ruffnecks have earned a reputation as a nationally recognized College Development Baseball Program. He serves the baseball community as an advocate for players in the college recruiting process, working with student-athletes who aspire to play in college – advocacy we know he will easily transfer to all of his future college advisees.