The Tabor girls' ice hockey program has two levels of competition: JV and varsity. The goal of the program is to find an appropriate level of competition for everyone who wants to play, and then find success at each level on both an individual and team basis. The JV team is a combination of less experienced players and girls who have never played before. The principles of teamwork, good sportsmanship, and a love of the game are cornerstones of what we teach. Skills are emphasized with all our players, as is positioning, game scenarios, and the rules of hockey.
The varsity team plays at the Division I level in New England Prep School Hockey, one of the most competitive leagues in the country. The squad consists mostly of student-athletes who have played many years of hockey at the club level prior to coming to Tabor. Fast and skillful play are hallmarks of the Tabor game, all in the context of fair play and good sportsmanship. Over the past ten years, the varsity team has had great success and has earned a berth in the NEPSAC tournament nearly every year. In addition, during that same period of time, our players have gone on to play top college hockey at Division I, II, and III schools.
If you are interested in more information about the girls’ hockey program please contact Coach Eric Long.
Eric Long joined the Tabor community as the Associate Director of Admission in 2007. In 2010, he was named the Director of Financial Aid. Eric is the head coach of the Girls’ Varsity Ice Hockey team. Entering his eleventh year, Eric has built upon the strong tradition of the Tabor hockey program, which is considered one of the premier programs in Division I. Prior to his time at Tabor, Eric had an accomplished career playing professional hockey, ending his playing career in Europe, before moving on to Kimball Union Academy as an admissions professional and Boys’ Varsity Ice Hockey coach. In his free time, Eric enjoys watching his children play their own sports, boating on Buzzards Bay, and living next to the Maker’s Lab where he can follow the progress and witness firsthand the handiwork of Tabor students’ creations.
Eric lives and works as a dorm parent in West House with his wife and four children.