The Winchendon School has named John J. Toffey VI as Director of Admissions for the school’s main campus located in Winchendon, Massachusetts. Current Acting Director of Admissions, Scott Pottbecker will be continuing in his role as the School’s Chief Operating Officer and Associate Head of School and John Toffey will be joining the School’s Admissions Team effective July of 2018. John is currently the Senior Associate Director of Admission at Cheshire Academy, Cheshire, CT.
The name John Toffey may be familiar to hockey fans. John was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning and played professional hockey for three years. These days, John is known as a New England boarding school admissions professional. His background includes admissions experience at both Cheshire Academy and Salisbury School. At The Winchendon School, John will be joining a team of five admissions representatives and staff. In addition, John, who was selected in the Major League Draft by the Colorado Rockies and played baseball at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will be Head Varsity Baseball coach at The Winchendon School.
The Director of Admissions is a critically important role at The Winchendon School. John will work alongside Associate Director of Admissions, Laura DiCarlo, Associate Director of Admissions, Thomas Hamilton, and Admissions Officer, Brian Troy. The team is responsible for ensuring The Winchendon School continues to attract and support curious, engaged students eager to explore, learn, connect, and grow.
As the Varsity Baseball Head Coach at The Winchendon School, John arrives with a prep school record as Head Varsity Coach of 135 – 9, John‘s record speaks for itself. More impressive than the win/loss record is the amount of students who have continued their careers at top colleges and universities. Student-athletes he’s coached have gone on to compete at Vanderbilt University, Clemson University, University of Richmond, Harvard University, Stetson University, UMass-Amherst, UCONN, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, Colby College, Boston College, University of Michigan, and Tufts University, among others. In addition, he has a history of coaching Major League Baseball draft picks, five of whom are currently in MLB spring training camps.
John asked us to share with you his excitement for The Winchendon School. “The Winchendon School is poised to attract great students. From the moment I stepped onto campus, I was struck by how happy the students, faculty, and staff were. Unique academic programs: Global Dynamics, CoLABs, Service-Learning coupled with small class sizes are differentiators for The Winchendon School. Beautiful facilities and welcoming faculty are a testament to the culture of the school.”
Please join us in welcoming John to The Winchendon School and make sure you stop by in July to say hello.