Mallaro in for Morris: Coaching “Line Change” Planned for Next Season

Coach Mark Morris ’77

Coach Steve Mallaro ’06

The Northwood prep hockey team will have a new coach for the 2023-24 season. Coach Mark Morris ’77 will retire at the end of the current season, according to an unattributed statement posted to the school’s website and social media feeds earlier today. Current assistant coach Steve Mallaro ’06 will take over as head coach. The Mirror will have more on this story in early February after students return to campus following the extended winter break.

The school’s statement is below:

Head Hockey Coach, Mark Morris ’77 to Retire – Steve Mallaro ’06 to Become Northwood’s New Head Coach

After one of the most distinguished careers in American hockey history, with extraordinary success at the prep, collegiate, and professional levels, Northwood’s Mark Morris will retire at the end of this season.

His successor will be the current Assistant Coach, Steve Mallaro. Both Morris and Mallaro are Northwood alumni, graduating in ’77 and ’06 respectively. In Morris’s first stint as Northwood’s Coach, Mallaro served as Captain of the first Northwood hockey squad to win forty games.

An outstanding defenseman at Colgate University, Morris played professionally for the New Haven Nighthawks and the Dallas Black Hawks before joining the coaching ranks as an assistant to Charlie Morrison in 1984. After serving as Saint Lawrence Assistant Coach from 1985-88. He was named Head Coach at Clarkson in 1988; in that role he led the Golden Knights to over 300 wins. After serving as an assistant coach on the Vancouver Canucks and Saginaw Spirit, he returned to Northwood for two years before taking the reins of the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs, and again won over 300 games. Before rejoining Northwood in 2021, he was an assistant for the Florida Panthers and Head Coach at Saint Lawrence University. In his most recent two years at Northwood, he has won over 60 games in just a season-and-a-half. Last year he was honored with a spot on Northwood’s Fullerton Wall, named after legendary coach, Jim Fullerton

His replacement, Steve Mallaro, says of Mark, “I follow in the ranks of many remarkable coaches and people. When Mark recruited me as a player in 2004, I knew I was in for a great experience. Mark’s mentorship in those and these more recent years showed me how much he cares about the development of players as people. His success stems from his charismatic leadership. He brings value and values every day. He has asked for my best and empowered me to give it. Having been married within the last year, I have also learned much from him about being a husband and father. I have been fortunate to have him in my life.”

Coach Mallaro also brings impressive experience as a player and coach. After captaining Northwood in 2006, he moved on to SUNY Oswego where he was twice named to the All-Conference team and voted Captain of the 2011 squad. After a year of professional hockey, he served as a graduate assistant coach at Manhattanville College, Assistant Men’s Coach at Suny Brockport, and Head Coach at King’s College before accepting the head coaching job at Albany Academy. In 2021, he joined the Northwood staff as an assistant to Coach Morris, who says of him, “Steve was the first person I thought of when I returned to Northwood. He models the qualities any player or parent would want in a coach responsible for a young man’s development as a player and person. As a player, Steve was all about team, the glue guy, a leader on and off the ice. As a coach, his example and loyalty to his alma mater are constants. Trustworthy and caring, he is a calming presence in conversation or while instructing. Steve studies the game and works tirelessly to better our program. He will continue to recruit quality individuals and maximize their hockey skills and personal strengths.”

Headmaster Mike Maher said, “Northwood has been blessed with some extraordinary coaches in the last ninety years. In his time here as a student and coach, Steve Mallaro has demonstrated that he is ready to follow in the footsteps of Hall of Famers like Jim Fullerton and Charlie Holt and other great mentors like Coach Morris. We are thrilled to have him on board.”

New Security Cameras Installed

Nori Fitzsimmons ’24 points to a new security camera recently installed on the Second West dorm landing (Photo: Maegan Byrne ’24).

Northwood School has significantly increased its campus security with the installation of additional cameras in several indoor and outdoor locations. The cameras, which are only triggered by motion and do not record audio, will be used to investigate past damage, vandalism, and rule-breaking incidents and serve as a deterrent against future incidents. The cameras, which are placed in public areas where students and staff do not have an expectation of privacy, are part of a pilot project, and the school will determine in the future if additional cameras are necessary.

Security cameras are currently located in the Bergamini lounge, student center, main entrance, Second West dorm landing, fitness center entrance, and the indoor turf field.

Northwood installed the cameras for multiple reasons. At most educational institutions, it is standard to have security cameras on campus. Due to past damage, vandalism, and broken school rules, a group of faculty decided cameras may be an excellent option to investigate such situations. School leaders also hope the presence of cameras serves as a deterrent against poor behavior.

Before approving and installing these cameras, the school had to ensure they obeyed legal guidance for student safety. The cameras do not have audio due to laws that prohibit recording audio. Furthermore, the cameras are placed in public areas where students and staff generally don’t have an expectation of privacy.

School employees do not monitor cameras 24/7, but they are always on and record when they are triggered by motion. School staff will use the cameras primarily to determine what has happened rather than monitor what is happening.

In the future, Northwood expects to install more cameras in various outdoor locations, such as on the walkway between classroom buildings. Assistant Head of School Mr. John Spear described the new cameras as a “pilot project, and based on how these cameras work out, we will determine if installing more cameras would be helpful in upcoming years.”

First Semester Honor Rolls Announced

December 21, 2022 — Ms. Noel Carmichael, Northwood School’s Dean of Academic Affairs, today announced the Honor Rolls for the first semester of the 2022-23 school year, which concluded on Thursday, December 15.

 

DEAN’S LIST

Upperclassmen (Gr. 11 & 12): Minimum weighted GPA of 4.00 with no grade below B+
Underclassmen (Gr. 9 & 10): Minimum weighted GPA of 3.70 with no grade below B+

Parker Asbridge ’24 Turner Jackson ’23 Kirk NguyenLe ’23
Georgia Bailey ’23 Sophia Kelting ’23 Benjamin Plucinski ’24
Mitchell Baker ’25 Kristen Kiggen ’24 Alex Randall ’25
William Batten ’23 Colin Kis ’24 Diego Ríos ’25
Brian Brady ’24 Sydney Kuder ’25 Quinn Roth ’25
Diogo Charraz ’25 Aidan Lasky ’23 James Schneid ’23
Julia Chase ’23 Noah Leddel ’23 Sophia Schupp ’24
Kira Cook ’23 Cedric Lemaire ’24 Abby Sinclair ’23
Elisabeth Creighton ’24 Olivia Levesque ’24 Adria Tebo ’23
Colton Cushman ’25 Jazlyn Lluberes ’23 Jenny Tran ’24
Drew Donatello ’24 Ean Malay ’23 Jeremy Tsang ’23
Leo Doyle ’25 James Martin ’26 Teagan Wentzel ’24
Olivia Duvall ’23 Sadie Martin ’25 Bella Wissler ’23
Gus Garvey ’25 Amanda Nelson ’23 Natalie Zarcone ’23
Diego Green ’25 Christie-Ann Nelson ’23
Junior Happi ’23 Tam Nguyen ’23

 

HIGH HONOR ROLL

Upperclassmen (Gr. 11 & 12): Minimum weighted GPA of 3.70 with no grade below B
Underclassmen (Gr. 9 & 10): Minimum weighted GPA of 3.30 with no grade below B

Brian Bette ’23 Cash Lawrence ’25 Andrew Schmidt ’23
Leon Brody ’24 Chloe Lewis ’23 Stepan Sidorkin ’23
Daniel Buchbinder ’23 Samuel Lyne ’24 Piper Teig ’24
Lucca Campagnani ’23 Jackson Magnus ’26 Henry Thornton ’23
Cara Dempsey ’25 Nikita Meshcheryakov ’23 Nikolas Trakakis ’23
Shayna Deutsch ’24 George Nguyen ’23 JT Wint ’25
Hudson DiNapoli ’23 Hung Nguyen ’25 Joey Winthrop ’23
Owen Flynn ’24 Lohkoah Paye ’24 Trey Zeren ’25
Ashley Guevara ’24 Hamish Riddell ’26 Ilia Zhdanov ’24
Eliyahu Itkowitz ’23 Sam Rudy ’23
Uma Laguna-Curtis ’26 Santiago Salame ’23

 

HONOR ROLL

Upperclassmen (Gr. 11 & 12): Minimum GPA of 3.30 with no grade below B
Underclassmen (Gr. 9 & 10): Minimum GPA of 3.00 with no grade below B-

Cole Bauman ’23 Aston Ferrillo ’26 Eliza Quackenbush ’25
Nathaniel Benjamin ’26 Reid Fesette ’25 Maxwell Schwartz ’24
Izzy Boehm ’26 Henry Gibson ’25 Jackson Smith ’23
Maegan Byrne ’24 Gracie Hurlbut ’25 Morgan Smith ’24
Nico Cedeno Silva ’24 Brooke Kelley ’23 Lawson Sorokan ’24
Kaitlyn Cielo ’23 Jack Kent ’23 Justin Tougas-Jacques ’24
Katie Demers ’24 Roman Kravtchouk ’24 Alexis Trudeau ’23
Kiet Do ’23 Sébastien La Roche ’23 Renaud Trudeau-Lalancette ’24
Finley Donahue ’23 Junyeop Lee ’23 Zach Wargo ’25
Jace Donawa ’25 Daven Linck ’25 Hilary Wilkin ’25
Chloe Duvall ’23 Halle Mules ’24 Justin Zeng ’23
Laura Dyke ’25 Mathis Nolet-Gagne ’23
Aly El Mofty ’23 Anna Pavlasova ’23

 

EFFORT HONOR ROLL

Attained at least three “excellent” grades, with no effort grades below “good.”

Parker Asbridge ’24 Laura Dyke ’25 George Nguyen ’23
Georgia Bailey ’23 Reid Fesette ’25 Tam Nguyen ’23
Mitchell Baker ’25 Owen Flynn ’24 Kirk NguyenLe ’23
William Batten ’23 Gus Garvey ’25 Mathis Nolet-Gagne ’23
Nathaniel Benjamin ’26 Ashley Guevara ’24 Anna Pavlasova ’23
Brian Bette ’23 Junior Happi ’23 Benjamin Plucinski ’24
Izzy Boehm ’26 Eliyahu Itkowitz ’23 Alex Randall ’25
Rafael Borlido ’23 Turner Jackson ’23 Diego Ríos ’25
Brian Brady ’24 Brooke Kelley ’23 Quinn Roth ’25
Leon Brody ’24 Sophia Kelting ’23 Santiago Salame ’23
Daniel Buchbinder ’23 Kristen Kiggen ’24 Andrew Schmidt ’23
Lucca Campagnani ’23 Colin Kis ’24 James Schneid ’23
Nico Cedeno Silva ’24 Samuel Knauf ’24 Sophia Schupp ’24
Diogo Charraz ’25 Aidan Lasky ’23 Stepan Sidorkin ’23
Julia Chase ’23 Noah Leddel ’23 Abby Sinclair ’23
Kaitlyn Cielo ’23 Junyeop Lee ’23 Adria Tebo ’23
Jillian Clark ’23 Bjorn Lervick ’23 Piper Teig ’24
Kira Cook ’23 Olivia Levesque ’24 Henry Thornton ’23
Elisabeth Creighton ’24 Chloe Lewis ’23 Nikolas Trakakis ’23
Colton Cushman ’25 Jazlyn Lluberes ’23 Jenny Tran ’24
Katie Demers ’24 Samuel Lyne ’24 Jeremy Tsang ’23
Shayna Deutsch ’24 Ean Malay ’23 Abigail Van Dorn ’25
Hudson DiNapoli ’23 James Martin ’26 JT Wint ’25
Finley Donahue ’23 Sadie Martin ’25 Bella Wissler ’23
Drew Donatello ’24 Nikita Meshcheryakov ’23 Natalie Zarcone ’23
Leo Doyle ’25 Sachiel Ming ’24 Ilia Zhdanov ’24
Chloe Duvall ’23 Amanda Nelson ’23 Jozef Zilinec ’24
Olivia Duvall ’23 Christie-Ann Nelson ’23

 

Humans of Northwood: Ms. Andrea Farrell

Originally born and raised in Lake Placid, Andrea Farrell grew up alpine skiing for NYSEF and exploring the Adirondack Park. Attending Middlebury college, she went to school with plans to attend medical school and become a doctor. But she had a change of heart and sought a different educational path. Ms. Farrell ended up graduating with a degree in environmental science with a focus on conservation biology. Within this degree, she grew comfortable teaching both math and science.

After Middlebury, Ms. Farrell moved to Tanzania for almost a year. She worked for the African Wildlife Foundation, a group focused principally on improving wildlife and the environment in Africa. Farrell returned to Lake Placid not intending to stay but got a job as a long-term substitute at the local public school. Shortly after, she worked full-time at another local private school, National Sports Academy or NSA. The school closed a few years later when Farrell taught a Northwood for one year.

Ms. Farrell and her husband Mike have three children: Charlie is 9, Peter is 7, and Katie is 5. Farrell returned to Northwood this fall after a nine-year hiatus from teaching when she raised her family and tutored local children in math. Now that her kids have grown a little older, Farrell is ready to get back into teaching.

Ms. Farrell teaches two sections of pre-calculus and is enjoying being back. She says the culture feels comfortable and familiar. She is getting to know the school again, as it has changed a lot since she last taught, and she hopes to continue working here for a long time.

She enjoys spending time in the region in her free time because her family is rooted here. She likes to run, swim, bike, and hike. She grew up skiing for NYSEF, so she spends her winter weekends on the slopes and at Mount VanHovenberg. She loves to travel domestically with her family. They have been all over the country. During the school’s January break, she plans to take her family to Costa Rica and explore and hopes to bring them back to Tanzini to reexplore her old home.

As told to Maisie Crane ’23. Photo provided.

Humans of Northwood: Devin Bard ’23

I am a first-year senior from North Falmouth, MA. I found out about Northwood through my hockey advisor, who recommended it. I decided to come to Northwood to pursue hockey and be the best player I can be. Next year, I plan to PG at Northwood and hopefully, after that I will find a junior team to play for.

I aim to play hockey as long as I can and use it to help me get into a good school. In college, I would like to do something in history or English. History is my favorite class; I think it’s the most interesting. I like watching Family Guy or playing Xbox with my friends in my free time.

So far, I think Northwood is a lot of fun. I’m surrounded by a lot of like-minded people who drive me to push further and drive myself to work harder, and see how far I can take hockey. I like the people at Northwood, and it is starting to feel like my home away from home.

As told to Maegan Byrne ’24. Photo by Michael Aldridge.

Humans of Northwood: Jack Kent ’23

I am a second-year senior from Manlius, NY, near Syracuse. I came to Northwood in my junior year to play hockey. Coach Cassidy reached out to me about coming to Northwood. I had already heard about Northwoods’ program through a teammate Connor Santay ’22 who went here. I wanted to go to Northwood because I liked the location and had heard good things about the hockey program.

In the future, I hope to keep playing hockey at a high level. After I graduate, I plan on playing juniors and hopefully playing D1 hockey for college. I haven’t fully figured out what I want to do down the road. If I could go professional, I would love that, but I’m not sure if that will happen.

Most of my time is occupied by hockey, whether that means playing, watching, or training for hockey. When I’m home, I like to hang out with my friends or go fishing. I fish a lot during my free time in the summer. Another thing I do while home is train or play hockey.

I think Northwood is a really awesome place. Both my years here have been really great groups of people and a great program.

As told to Maegan Byrne ’24. Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge.

Humans of Northwood: Landon Cole ’23

Growing up, I had to move a lot for my dad’s work. I lived in Germany, Canada, and around the United States. Raleigh, North Carolina, is my place to be, but I have enjoyed the experiences of living around the country and the world. I chose Northwood for a couple of reasons. My dad had great recommendations for the school, some of my family lives close by in northern New York, and I have also had family members attend the school in the past. I found a deep sense of home within the Northwood community, especially with my teammates. I have made lifelong friendships with most of the guys on my hockey team and throughout the school.

Looking up to my dad, I have found a love for hockey growing up so close to the sport. I appreciate all the relationships I have built from hockey; it is something I will always cherish. It is my number one focus from fall to spring, and I can’t get enough of it. In the spring, however, I love playing golf, especially finding serenity on the course. I enjoy spending time with the people close to me, like my friends and family.

I always look forward to sunny days on Lake Gaston during the summer. Near my home in Raleigh, we have a lake house where I spend most of my summer days on the water jet skiing, boating, and tubing. It is a place I hold close to my heart.

I’m looking forward to a great senior year ahead of me. I hope to continue my hockey career in juniors next year.

As told to Jackson Smith ’23. Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge.

Northwood Trustee Elected State Supreme Court Justice

Ms. Allison McGahay (photo provided).

Northwood School Trustee Allison McGahay was elected to the state Supreme Court in November, and she will be sworn in to serve a 14-year term next month. The New York State Supreme Court is the highest trial court in New York. It has general jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases and hears cases involving contracts, torts, real estate, and criminal offenses. The New York State Supreme Court is organized into four judicial departments, each of which is responsible for hearing cases in a particular geographic area of the state. McGahay received the most votes of the six candidates who ran for the three open seats. She is the first woman to win a State Supreme Court seat in the 4th Judicial District, which encompasses the Adirondacks.

McGahay is a Lake Placid local who lives in town with her husband, Bill, and two young children, Liam and Grace. She has been a lawyer for 17 years and graduated from Albany Law school. In 2020, she joined the Northwood School Board of Trustees, where she serves on the legal committee.

McGahay began her election bid in 2021 and campaigned all over the state for over a year. She spent her days visiting small Adirondack towns and the Albany region. In the Adirondacks, her yard signs were ubiquitous.

Her jurisdiction ranges from north of Albany to the Canadian border. Once sworn in, she will split her time between Lake Placid, Elizabethtown (the seat of Essex County), and Albany.

She is a dedicated attorney, mother, Trustee, and now State Supreme Court Justice!

Humans of Northwood: Rafael Pereira Borlido ‘23 

“My name Is Rafael Pereira Borlido, but people call me Rafa. I am from Brazil. I joined Northwood in September of 2021 in my Junior year. My experience at Northwood has been very fun. I have gotten to know many like-minded people and people of different cultures. A benefit of this is that my English has improved significantly. I came to Northwood for the excellent Soccer program and the academics. It’s just something that you cannot find in Brazil, which is why Northwood is so special to me. In Brazil, I have a sister who is two years younger than me, and I hold her to my heart dearly. A change from Brazil is living on my own and not being with family as I was very close with them My favorite food is a good old American classic steak.”

As told to AJ Etumnu ’25. Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge.

Much Activity Planned for Students During Extended Break

A group of students will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania during a January LEAP Course. (Photo: © Sergey Pesterev / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

The first Semester will be over in less than two weeks, and we will commence the holiday break. During this period, the F.I.S.U. World University Winter Games will be held in Lake Placid from 12-22 January 2023. There will be more than 2,500 participants from over 50 countries. As a result, Northwood students and faculty will take a longer break and return to campus at the end of January.

The extended break allows international students to return home after a busy year. From mid-January, special off-campus programming and L.E.A.P opportunities are planned, and several sporting teams are traveling to various locations for competition. Students are so excited to participate in these activities.

The U17 and U19 Soccer teams are traveling to Puerto Rico to compete in the Next Level Winter Invitational Cup. Teams from all over South and North America will come to participate in this high-level competition. The team will stay in Puerto Rico from January 23rd to the 29th. The team will tour Puerto Rico for the first few days and participate in several cultural activities before the competition starts. Christopher Green, a sophomore at Northwood, said, “I am really looking forward to going home and spending quality time with my family over Christmas. I am also looking forward to the Puerto Rico trip because I can’t wait to embrace Puerto Rican culture.”

“I’ve never been to Puerto Rico, so I am super excited to visit a new place in the world as well as catch up with my teammates after a long break,” said Hamish Riddell ‘26.

The Hockey teams also have exciting schedules and will look to add to their stellar performances so far this season. The Prep team will start their journey at Merrimack College for the True Cup challenge during the first weekend of January. The boys will meet back up in Buffalo for a training camp before heading to Detroit, MI for a PHC League event, followed by the MacPherson Tournament hosted by St. Andrews College in Aurora, ON.

The Varsity team will report to Salem, NH on January 12th as that will be their home base for an eight-day period where they’ll play games against Bridgton Academy, The Holderness School, The New Hampshire Monarchs, Avon Old Farms, and Salisbury. Then they return to Lake Placid for a slate of home games during the last weekend of January.

The Girls Hockey team will begin their January in Wellesley, MA for a showcase league event, followed by a short stint in Chazy, NY, a few games at St. Lawrence University before making their way to Philadelphia and Minnesota for the final two weekends in January. All teams are excited about what’s shaping up to be a great experience!

The L.E.A.P program offers a variety of courses. There will be 4 L.E.A.P programs, including an exhibition to hike Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, an exotic adventure to Saint Lucia, an art intensive in New York City, and voluntary work for the exciting F.I.S.U. Games. Mrs. Fagan, the coordinator of L.E.A.P, stated, “These L.E.A.P courses are for students who are not competing with their sport. All the courses are exciting, and the students will have an amazing experience.” An extremely exciting course offered this winter break is the Kilimanjaro adventure. This will be the first time in Northwood history that students will stand on top of one of the seven summits. The summit of Kilimanjaro is just below 20,000 feet (about the length of 60 city blocks)!

The overwhelming feeling is that the Semester and flown by so fast, and everyone is looking forward to the holiday break to reunite with family and friends. Happy holidays

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