Inaugurated with the 2002 season, 8-man football is the school’s newest interscholastic sport. Beginning with an 8-2 record and a CIF quarterfinal appearance that first year, the program has remained a force in the sport, reaching the playoffs in each year of its existence, including two CIF Championship game appearances in the last three years. Dozens of Thacher players have been honored with All-CIF selections over the years, and two have been named Offensive Player of the Year.
Former Thacher players have also gone on to compete at a number of highly competitive universities, including Whittier College, Bowdoin College, Pitzer College, Colgate University, Princeton University, MIT, the University of the South (Sewanee), LaVerne University, Williams College, and Middlebury College.
More significant than the individual and team distinctions: every year that Thacher has fielded a team, players at every level of experience and skill have shared rich and rewarding experiences and learned lessons about teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship on the football field at Thacher.
Jeff’s football career began as a member of the Bendwood Bears in second grade. Since then, save for one year of graduate school, he’s been involved with a football team as either a player or a coach. Following high school, he played wide receiver at Division III Trinity University as the program was in transition from a 2-8 squad with fewer than 40 players to a 10-1 season and playoff berth his junior year. After graduation, he taught and coached at TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio for five years, serving as defensive coordinator for the last two. After fifteen years as head coach at Thacher, he remains the team’s winningest and losingest coach. Jeff was honored to be named CIF-SS 8-Man Football Division I Coach of the Year in 2012, and is even more honored by the many Thacher alumni who remain interested in and loyal to the team.