Head Coach: Tim Sinclair
Tim, a native of Summit, NJ, first came to the Hilltop in the fall of 1989 when joined the Salisbury Class of 1991. While a student, he took full advantage of all that Salisbury had to offer and his activities included membership in the outing club and the Key Society, serving as a prefect in Quaile, and playing varsity soccer, hockey and lacrosse. Upon graduation, was awarded the Edwin Ward Prize for quiet leadership as well as the Joseph Sartori Sportsmanship Award.
In search of new challenges, Tim headed to the midwest where he attended Lake Forest College. A double major in Psychology and Education, he spent much of his four years working with and around young students and athletes. While at Lake Forest, he played soccer, hockey and lacrosse. He notes that the time management and organizational skills he learned on the Hilltop are certainly what allowed him to balance and maintain his busy academic and athletic schedules during college.
Despite four wonderful years in the Windy City, it was clear that Tim had the desire to return east and when then-headmaster Dick Flood called to offer him a job, it was no surprise Tim returned to the northwest corner of Connecticut, where he had spent much of his formative high school career. Returning to Salisbury as an admission officer seemed like a perfect match. Promoting a school that he was so passionate about and believed so much in was a natural fit at the time. In 1998, Tim was presented with a new opportunity—to move from the Admission Office into the Athletic Office as assistant director and work with his former high school hockey coach and athletic director Matt Corkery. Tim was appointed as Salisbury School’s director of athletics in 2000.
During Tim’s tenure as director of athletics, the Athletic Department has seen a great deal of growth and success. In this time, Salisbury has won more than 15 league and New England Championships. And what Tim finds to be even more impressive is “the large number of boys who have been able to go on and make the transition from a high school student-athlete to a collegiate student-athlete.” In addition, several new athletic facilities have been added to campus; these include the Wachtmeister Turf Field (2007), the Curtis Boathouse (2008) and the Flood Athletic Center (2010).
Despite the many building transformations that have taken place on the hilltop over the past 18 years, “It always comes back to the same thing that drew me to Salisbury when I was looking at the School as a student; it is the people who make this school so special. Relationships are learned and forged on the Hilltop and many of those friendships are life-long friendships that can never be taken away.”
Tim resides in the Farmhouse neighborhood with his wife, Danielle (Salisbury’s director of communications) and their two daughters.
Below is a list of professional organizations of which Tim is a member:
- National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF)
- National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA)
- North East Ice Skating Managers Association (NEISMA)
- National High School Golf Coaches Association (NHSGCA)
- USA Hockey Coaches Association
- New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Member (NEPSAC)
- Western New England Prep School Association (WNEPSA)
- National Soccer Coaches Association of America Member (NSCAA)
- Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association Member (CSCA)
- U.S. Youth Soccer Association Member (USYSA)
- Connecticut Junior Soccer Association Member (CJSA)
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Brent grew up in Exeter, NH, with his parents, older brother and younger sister. At Exeter High School, Brent was a three sport, all-state athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He was selected to participate in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl as a member of Team New Hampshire at the conclusion of his senior year. After graduating from Exeter High, Brent did a post-graduate year here on the Hilltop. Following his year at Salisbury, Brent went on to the University of New Hampshire. He was a starting member of the UNH Wildcat Football team all four years and a dominating presence on defense. He graduated from UNH in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
After graduating from New Hampshire, Brent spent one year at Hamilton College coaching and recruiting for both the football and baseball programs.
Brent returned to the Hilltop in 2007. He is currently the Dean of the Class of 2019, works with students in the Learning Center, is defensive coordinator for the Salisbury Crimson Knight Football Team and coaches JV Basketball and Golf. Brent lives with his wife, Julia Barbato, and daughters, Blair and Bryn, in the Childs House Neighborhood.