by Tom Utescher
Among the leaders for winter season varsity sports teams are new coaches for Penn Charter girls’ basketball and both the boys’ and girls’ squash squads at Germantown Friends School.
Joe Maguire is making his debut as head coach for girls’ hoops at Penn Charter. New to the school itself, Maguire is the former skipper of the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy varsity, so he’s already familiar with many of the players for the PC Quakers and he knows how the Inter-Ac League functions.
A Northeast Philly native, Maguire was a Markward Club Award winner at Father Judge High School and then went on to play basketball at Holy Family University. Returning to Judge to coach, he made a five-year progression from freshman coach to varsity assistant.
Getting his start in the Inter-Ac League at Springside Chestnut Hill, he was an assistant coach for the girls varsity team and then became head coach for the 2013-14 campaign.
First as assistant and then in the head spot, he was on the sideline for the only two basketball games the SCH girls have ever won against perennial Inter-Ac power Germantown Academy.
Last winter, Maguire was an assistant coach for the girls’ team at Archbishop Ryan High School. He is a teacher in the Philadelphia public school system.
PC’s new girls’ lacrosse head coach, Colleen Magarity, is helping out with hoops as assistant to Maguire. After starring at Germantown Academy, where she graduated in 2007, Magarity played on the U.S. Under-19 World Cup championship team in lacrosse, and went on to win four NCAA championship rings at Northwestern University.
She was no slouch at basketball, either, helping the GA Patriots collect four straight Inter-Ac League titles and earning All-Inter-Ac honors as a junior and senior. One of her teammates at Germantown Academy, Caroline Doty, went on to start for the University of Connecticut, and Magarity played AAU club basketball alongside both Doty and current WNBA superstar Elena Delle Donne.
Helping out with the varsity and piloting the JV team will be Lindsay Teuber and Amber Gooden. Teuber came out of the competitive Catholic Academies League, and was part of the St. Basil Academy team that reached the PIAA Class AAA state finals in 2005. Graduating in 2008, she went on to become a 1000-point scorer at Ursinus College.
Gooden, originally from Cleveland, was named Ohio large-school state co-Player of the Year as a high school senior. She played college ball at Long Island University.
Over at Germantown Friends, two familiar squash team mentors have moved on. Former boys’ coach Doug Whitaker is focusing all of his efforts on his continuing role as Director of Squash at the Germantown Cricket Club (the Tigers’ home venue), while erstwhile girls’ skipper Adam Hamill has gone to work for U.S. Squash in the area of coach development.
The new girls’ and boys’ coaches, Kim Palterman and Gavin Johnstone-Butcher, were both born and raised in Zimbabwe and followed the migratory path of longtime Springside Chestnut Hill boys’ coach Mike Jefferys, who also came from the landlocked nation in southern Africa. Actually, Palterman knew Jefferys from back home, but not her new GFS colleague.
Palterman is already familiar with the GFS girls, having served as an assistant coach last year. First coming to the U.S. 10 years ago to play squash at Trinity College, she spent several years on the pro tour and also coached in Baltimore. Spotting a job posting by GCC, she moved up to Philly and is now the head pro at the club.
Johnstone-Butcher has been in the States since 1998, when he enrolled at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. Working his way south, he played collegiate squash at Hobart and then began coaching in the Princeton area. He piloted players at both Lawrenceville School and at Princeton University, where he was assistant women’s coach before his recent arrival at GCC.