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Girls Water Polo Coach Allison Rader Steps Down

Allison Rader, head coach of girls water polo at Germantown Academy for the past 11 seasons, has announced that she is stepping down. She will continue to teach math in the Upper School and serve as Head of Roberts House.

“The girls water polo program developed strong and resilient young women due in large part to Allison’s leadership,” said Director of Athletics Josh MacArthur. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Allison and I understand that it is time for her to pursue additional passions. She is an outstanding role model for our young women, and will continue to offer her leadership in other ways throughout the school.”

"It has been a blessing to incorporate my two passions over the last eleven years: coaching water polo and teaching math,” said Rader. “I have to thank Rich Schellhas, Jim Fenerty, Jim Connor, Josh MacArthur, Ginny Hofmann. and the entire athletic community for taking a chance on me when I was young senior at Marist College and believing in me that I could lead the female student-athletes at GA. I’d also like to thank Mike Koziol and Peggy Bradley, who have certainly been crucial members in creating and maintaining a successful and powerful program. I also owe a lot to the maintenance staff, Bill Cooper, Jimmy Stewart, and Lance Stewart for prepping the pool each year and taking care of our equipment. And special thanks to Jeff Thompson for overseeing the day-to-day when I’m up in my classroom. The girls I work with every year take on one of the toughest sports and bring a tremendous amount of tenacity and grit. Whether they have a swimming background or not, they don’t quit and that says something about the type of young adults we send out into the world. While I may be stepping away from head coaching, I can’t stay away from the pool. It has always been a place of peace and strength for me. These last eleven years of coaching have given me a whole new family and plenty of positive memories.”

Over the years, Rader has developed a number of student-athletes that went onto play water polo in college, including Laura Karbach '09 (Wagner College), Margot Wummer '10 (Washington & Jefferson University) Brianna Harrity '13 (Connecticut College), Gillian Rader '14 (Chapman College), and Emily Morrissey '19 (Villanova University). A number of Rader’s other players went onto play club water polo or Division I basketball or crew.

“We’ve had some serious student-athletes play for the girls water polo team like Laura Karbach '09, Brianna Harrity '13, Alex Takei '13 (University of Pennsylvania – Crew), Natalie Dowzicky '14 (University of Richmond – Swimming), Kate Horvat '14 (Yale University – Crew), Liz Platonova '14, Katie Aemisegger '16 (Syracuse University – Crew), Lilly Bolen '17 (Basketball/Club Water Polo – Tufts University), Alexa Naessens '18 (Colgate University – Basketball), Emily Morrissey '19, and Elle Stauffer '20 (Harvard University – Basketball) who played multiple sports and made a giant impact on the athletic community. I still keep in touch with many of my former athletes and it’s the friendships I’ve created with these girls that are my big takeaway. They’ve made a huge impact in my coaching career, both physically and emotionally. They were great show-women and led with a strong sense of pride and sportsmanship.”

A search for a new girls water polo coach will begin immediately.